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Time to buy a new graphics card: review of 8 models GeForce RTX 3060

Time to buy a new graphics card: review of 8 models GeForce RTX 3060

Among current generation models GeForce RTX 3060 clearly claims to be the popular favorite in these difficult times.
Take a look at the Steam stats - at the time of writing, the GeForce RTX 3060 was in sixth place overall, behind (no surprise) the mobile GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce GTX 1650 and the ever young GeForce GTX 1060.
Plus discrete GeForce RTX 3060 demonstrates the highest growth share among users of the gaming client Valve - +0.6% per month - and at this rate in December this series of graphics cards will enter the troika on the popularity of Steam.As you can see, with the choice of series graphics cards for another comparative test we were right.
With the support of the Regard computer store, the test lab ended up with eight models from six different manufacturers, something we have never had before.
Let's see how much custom versions of GeForce RTX 3060 cost, what they are capable of and which models should be considered for purchase first.
⇡#On GeForce RTX 3060 pricing and availabilityThe discrete GeForce RTX 3060 was introduced a year and a half ago - February 25, 2021, at the height of the next mining boom.
NVIDIA gaming gas pedals with the number \"60\" in the name are traditionally considered by many gamers as the best-balanced by the metric \"price - performance\" devices.
So \"green\" did not (on paper) raise the price of GeForce RTX 3060, assuming that the entry-level models will cost from 32,990 rubles.
But as it turned out, Russian prices for GeForce RTX 3060 were inadequately high for a long time yet.
In the spring of 2021 for a novelty asked at least 85,000 rubles, and six months later - from 66,000 rubles.
In the spring of 2022, a discrete GeForce RTX 3060 cost about 60,000 rubles, and only now prices have dropped to values similar to those recommended by NVIDIA itself.At the time of writing, the same \"Regard\" was selling 15 different models of this graphics card.
At DNS, I found 18 units, and at Citilink, 9.
XCom-shop sold 12 versions of GeForce RTX 3060, Online Trade sold 25, and Player sold 27.
As you can see, the number of videocards on sale has increased noticeably, because 6-8 months ago there were 3-4 models in one store.
The cheapest in Moscow retail was Palit GeForce RTX 3060 DUAL.
In a couple of stores it can be bought for 33 000 rubles, that is, the recommended price of 2021 ⇡#Analysis of gaming performance GeForce RTX 3060Popularity of a graphics card is a derivative of its performance and cost.
The article \"The Rise and Fall of Popular Graphics Cards: Testing Different Generations of Medium-Priced Game Accelerators\" clearly demonstrates why the GeForce GTX 1060 is still the leader in Steam statistics.
After the release of GeForce RTX 3060, I personally thought that this model is able to repeat this path.
After all, the performance of \"three thousand sixties\" is enough to play with maximum graphics quality at Full HD and WQHD resolution in most modern projects.
The availability of 12 GB of video memory and support for DLSS upscaling technology makes this graphics card relevant for a long period of time.
However, the mining boom has made some changes.
Now, when the price of graphics cards has finally approached the values close to the recommended and, I dare say, adequate, it is not surprising that the GeForce RTX 3060 is what most gamers around the world are looking at.
Let's see what this graphics card is capable of in modern and not so modern games in three popular resolutions.I tested the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 DUAL OC model in 19 different applications.
For a structured analysis, consider one thing: if the framerate in a game does not drop below 60 frames per second, we consider the performance of the video card in this game good and sufficient, given the chosen resolution and graphics quality settings.
In the testing we used maximum or close to such graphics quality, but without using ray tracing and upscaling methods.
An exception to the rules is the game Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition.List of games and settings immediately attached:Total War Saga: TROY.
DirectX 11.
Built-in benchmark.
Ultra mode, 4 × AA.GTA V.
DirectX 11.
Driving around town.
Maximum quality, FXAA + 4 × MSAA, advanced quality settings - on, 16 × AF, image resolution scale - off.Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
DirectX 12.
Built-in benchmark.
Ultra quality mode, DXR - off.
HITMAN 3.
DirectX 12.
Chongqing.
Ultra mode, 16 × AF, Super Sampling 1.00, Simulation Quality - Best.
Far Cry 6.
DirectX 12.
Built-in benchmark.
Ultra quality mode, TAA, HD textures - off, DXR - off.Cyberpunk 2077.
DirectX 12.
City Trip.
Quality mode \"Impressive\" + incredible reflections, DXR - off.The Witcher III: Wild

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