Nvidia RTX 3060: Made for Gamers?

The new RTX 3060 is probably their best-selling GPU this year. Kind of like the best-valued graphics card for gaming and there is a lot to talk about now. 

This performs as expected, it's good but not surprising, right? It performs similar to an RTX 2070 but not as good as the RTX 2070 Super and not as good as the RTX 3060 TI, but if you can get your hands on one at the MSRP of $329, it's a fairly priced GPU. But just the presence of this thing, like the mere existence of yet another SKU that you could potentially have stock on and be able to purchase. That's a good thing. 

Interestingly, it does have 12 gigs of RAM, which is more than RTX 3060 TI is just more than an RTX 3080. But the reason why it has 12 gigs of RAM is that, well, I'm assuming that when AMD kind of pre-announced their upcoming 6700 GPU, that thing was supposed to come with 12 gigs of RAM. So NVIDIA being NVIDIA. They put 12 gigs of Ram into this card as well to compete. 

So is the RTX 3060 a good GPU for sure like it has great 1080P performance and doesn't cost a crazy amount of money. I personally would have liked this thing to be 299 just under 300 bucks but. Things very fairly priced at 329. The thing is if you go into a store and you have the option somehow be able to purchase a 3060 T or a regular 3060 and this would cost you $70.00 more. I'd go for the 3060 TI. It's a little bit more but I just feel like you get a better kind of long-term use on this GPU in terms of just gaming performance as well as a nicer-looking design. But the truth is stock is a very real issue so having access to this at all. Is awesome 

OK, I wanna move on to the more interesting topic, a few days ago NVIDIA announced that this GPU, the RTX 3060 would be software crippled so that it had half the hash rate that it's actually capable of. This in reference to. Its mining speed, its mining capabilities. And it's only affecting the Arctic 3060, not any of the previously released RTX 30 series GPUs, just specifically the RTX 3060 and the reasoning behind it. At least the public PR statement is that they're doing it for gamers to alleviate some of the supply issues that they had. By removing the mining capabilities or the appeal of this GPU to miners, right? Because if you reduce the hash rate on this thing, then for miners they're just they're not interested in this thing. It doesn't do what crypto miners want to do with an RTX GPU. So yeah, I tested it and it's definitely crippled. It mines Ethereum like a GTX 1060. It's terrible, and if it is also stated that there going to be making these mining-specific GPS that column CMP's, these are devices without any kind of display outputs. They're just built specifically to mine and they've gone on record saying that the production of these GPUs won't impact the production of their GeForce line right there. RTX and GTX cards. Supposedly won't be reduced because of the presence of the CMP line. 

Maybe it's true like maybe they're just selling off components that they wouldn't be able to sell in their gaming products, but it's been controversial. Like to give your brand new RTX 3060 like this has been a little bit weird, to say the least. There are some people who are understandably suspicious or even upset by this. These numbers are not impressive. These are not particularly efficient and unless these cards are really cheap, I don't think they're going to sell well, especially because the resale on this stuff is going to be terrible. So by doing this out of the gate by halving the hash rate of RTX 3060 and by introducing this terrible lineup of mining cards, I think the consumers just win. The consumers being gamers. 

Right now miners know right on day one that this is not a great card from mining. So if you are interested in picking this up as a miner, you're not going to. 

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