Geforce RTX 4060 8GB Review
NVIDIA’s Full HD Product at $299: An In-Depth Review
Although NVIDIA is not releasing a founders edition, today we are reviewing the GeForce RTX 4060 8GB MSRP models. The product aims at the basic range of 1080P with the better help of DLSS3 and Frame generator. MSRP models (non-OC models) are priced at $299 for the basic 8GB version.
NVIDIA is expanding its reach into the mid-range and high-volume mainstream market with the introduction of the GeForce RTX 4060 series. The series includes the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti with 8 GB of memory, which was launched on May 24, followed today by the GeForce RTX 4060 8GB in late June and then a GeForce RTX 4060 Ti featuring 16 GB of memory later in July. Priced at $299 USD (for 8GB), with a power consumption of 140 watts, and offering almost RTX 3060 Ti performance with DLSS 3 frame generation as a bonus. Unfortunately, with DLSS3 upsampling from a lower resolution to Full HD, means a loss of quality, so hopefully NVIDIA doesn’t rely too much on that for this product. NVIDIA emphasizes the price point of the GeForce RTX 4060, as it remains unchanged from its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. The performance difference between the two is modest unless the DLSS 3 frame generator is used. The GeForce RTX 4060 is powered by the new Ada graphics chip AD107, specifically designed to deliver exceptional gaming performance at Full HD resolution. The advanced Ada Lovelace architecture, which has undergone major changes compared to Ampere. A notable change for the 4060 series is the reduced memory connection to 128 bits, compensated by a larger level 2 cache within the core. Nvidia claims that the 24 MiByte L2 cache reduces access to graphics memory by more than 50 percent, surpassing the previous standard of 2 MiByte L2 cache with 128 bits. In practical terms, this translates to a double effective memory transfer rate. Along with improved energy efficiency, wider storage connectivity provides a significant performance boost. The memory capacity of the Geforce RTX 4060 raises concerns. This model features 8 GiBytes, object technologies such as frame generation also consume the graphics memory. 12GB would have been preferred, really. While 8GB will be suitable for the full majority of HD games, there are still games where 8 GiBytes is not enough for an optimal gaming experience. The GeForce RTX 4060 (Ti) has another limitation: it communicates with the rest of the system using only 8 PCI Express lanes instead of the full 16. This limitation has more serious consequences for memory performance compared to x16-connected graphics cards.
The RTX 4060 non-Ti GPU is equipped with an AD107-300 GPU featuring 3072 shader cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory connected to a 128-bit memory bus. Compared to the Ti variant, it has 1280 fewer CUDA cores and a down-clocked memory speed of 17 Gbps (versus 18 Gbps).
|GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB||GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB||GeForce RTX 4060|
|Architecture||Yes (TSMC 4N)||Yes (TSMC 4N)||Yes (TSMC 4N)|
|Boost the Clock||2.5 GHz||2.5 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|memory||16 GB G6||8 GB G6||8 GB G6|
|Memory Clock||18 Gbps||18 Gbps||17 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||288 GB/s||288 GB/s||272 GB/s|
|Interface||PCIe Gen4 x8||PCIe Gen4 x8||PCIe Gen4 x8|
|Release Date||July 2023||May 2023||June 2023|
The GeForce RTX 4060 boasts a computing power of 15 TFLOPS (~30% less than the RTX 4060 Ti) and 8 GB of memory on a 128-bit interface. Its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 3060, hit the market in early 2021 with 12 GB of memory and a 192-bit interface. The 4060 includes an extra L2 cache (24MB) to compensate for the lower memory bandwidth. The memory speed reaches 17 Gbps, while the TDP stands at 115 watts. Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 4060 is expected to outperform the GeForce RTX 3060, with frame-building performance pushing it even higher. Let’s start the review.
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