MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio Review


Introduction

NVIDIA today launched its GeForce RTX 3060 “Ampere” graphics card, and the new MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio is the company’s premium interpretation of the new midrange offering. Historically, NVIDIA made the bulk of its sales to gamers of a new graphics architecture from its xx60 middle-of-the-market series, starting all the way back with the 9600 GT, which NVIDIA refers to as the “sweetspot.” Cards from this segment are fast enough to let you max out a game at mainstream resolutions, or game at higher resolutions with reduced settings.

The new GeForce RTX 3060 retains the “sweetspot” entry price of $329, or roughly that of the Xbox Series S. It debuts the new 8 nm “GA106” silicon on the desktop platform and allows NVIDIA’s custom board partners enormous headroom to either beef up the chip, as is the case with this MSI Gaming X Trio card, or keep costs low to come up with simple designs that skirt the baseline price. It is also designed to offer a significant performance uplift from the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB “Pascal,” another very popular card from the NVIDIA stable. The card is designed to offer 1440p gaming with fairly high details, or 1080p gaming with maxed out raytracing. You could also leverage DLSS 2.0 to crank up the display resolution.

The new GeForce Ampere architecture marks the 2nd generation of RTX Technology, which combines new Ampere CUDA cores with concurrent FP32+INT32 math performance, 2nd generation RT cores which double the intersection performance over the previous generation, hardware for raytraced motion-blur effects, and 3rd generation Tensor cores that leverage the sparsity phenomenon in neural nets to increase AI inference performance significantly.

The GeForce RTX 3060 comes with 3,584 Ampere CUDA cores, 112 3rd generation Tensor cores, 28 Ampere RT cores, 112 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. NVIDIA sweetens the deal by doubling the memory amount over the RTX 2060 to 12 GB. The memory bus width and memory type are unchanged—192-bit GDDR6. The memory clock has been increased slightly to 15 Gbps.

MSI supercharges the RTX 3060 with its top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio. This card powers the RTX 3060 with an over-specced VRM solution and a meaty Tri Frozr cooling solution that’s optimized for extremely low gaming noise levels, is loaded with all the RGB bling you could ask, and sports high-end looks when installed. MSI is also giving the card its highest factory-overclocked speeds with the maximum GPU Boost frequency set to 1852 MHz (compared to 1777 MHz reference). MSI is not providing any pricing guidance for this card, but we expect it will come at a significant premium over the $329 starting price, which is very unlikely to hold for more than a day or two.

GeForce RTX 3060 Market Segment Analysis
  Price Shader
Units
ROPs Core
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPU Transistors Memory
GTX 1060 3 GB $160 1152 48 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 2002 MHz GP106 4400M 3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060 $210 1280 48 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 2002 MHz GP106 4400M 6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1660 $200 1408 48 1530 MHz 1785 MHz 2000 MHz TU116 6600M 6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti $270 1536 48 1500 MHz 1770 MHz 1500 MHz TU116 6600M 6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060 $300 1920 48 1365 MHz 1680 MHz 1750 MHz TU106 10800M 6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700 $330 2304 64 1465 MHz 1625 MHz 1750 MHz Navi 10 10300M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080 $330 2560 64 1607 MHz 1733 MHz 1251 MHz GP104 7200M 8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super $380 2176 64 1470 MHz 1650 MHz 1750 MHz TU106 10800M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64 $400 4096 64 1247 MHz 1546 MHz 953 MHz Vega 10 12500M 8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti $650 3584 88 1481 MHz 1582 MHz 1376 MHz GP102 12000M 11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT $370 2560 64 1605 MHz 1755 MHz 1750 MHz Navi 10 10300M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 $340 2304 64 1410 MHz 1620 MHz 1750 MHz TU106 10800M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 MSRP: $330
Estimate: $420
3584 48 1320 MHz 1777 MHz 1875 MHz GA106 13250M 12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
MSI RTX 3060
Gaming X Trio
Estimate: $470 3584 48 1320 MHz 1852 MHz 1875 MHz GA106 13250M 12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super $450 2560 64 1605 MHz 1770 MHz 1750 MHz TU104 13600M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII $680 3840 64 1802 MHz N/A 1000 MHz Vega 20 13230M 16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080 $600 2944 64 1515 MHz 1710 MHz 1750 MHz TU104 13600M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super $690 3072 64 1650 MHz 1815 MHz 1940 MHz TU104 13600M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti $700 4864 80 1410 MHz 1665 MHz 1750 MHz GA104 17400M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti $1000 4352 88 1350 MHz 1545 MHz 1750 MHz TU102 18600M 11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070 $750 5888 96 1500 MHz 1725 MHz 1750 MHz GA104 17400M 8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 $850 3840 96 1815 MHz 2105 MHz 2000 MHz Navi 21 26800M 16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT $1200 4608 128 2015 MHz 2250 MHz 2000 MHz Navi 21 26800M 16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080 $1000 8704 96 1440 MHz 1710 MHz 1188 MHz GA102 28000M 10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit



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