RTX 3060 12 GB — 30 days Later
I have had the ZOTAC Magnus One with the RTX 3060 12GB computer for about 30 days now. I have been using it everyday for gaming and also for some digital art creation with Daz 3d and Adobe Photoshop.
Here are my impressions, for others who are able to grab on to a RTX 3060 in a world where car manufacturers are shutting down factories because they cannot find microchips into their cars. At a time when demand is increasing for personal transport and the world transitions to a post pandemic new normality.
Setup and Games and Usage
The Zotac model I purchased is a bare bones model. You can read more about my purchase and initial impressions here
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So far, I have played three games — CyberPunk 2077, Desperados III and Twelve Minutes.
I also do a bit of photography editing on Adobe Photoshop, and digital art creation using Daz 3D. Both of which leverage the RTX card extensively.
Not Mind Blowing
Prior to getting the RTX 3060, my main daily driver for graphics card heavy usage was my HP Gaming Desktop armed with an GTX 1060 6 GB. GTX 1060 is hailed as the ultimate budget gaming card which is comparable to the Xbox One and PS4. I always felt that, as long as your graphics card is comparable to the current generation console, you will always get a happy gaming experience.
The 1060 did its job well for the last 3 years. There was not a single game that it could not run at reasonable quality. In fact, my first experience playing Cyberpunk 2077 ( a game built for RTX 3XXX series and above) was on the 1060.
With that in my mind, I will go ahead and declare that the 3060 is the rightful successor to the entry level gaming scene. If you have a 1060 or 1070, this shoud be your next card. I think 3060 compares favorable to Xbox Series X and PS5. Consoles will have to last for at least 5 years. That means, just like the 1060, this 3060 will keep me happy for the next 2 to 3 years.
Despite the generational gap and NVIDIA hyping up the 3060 to be equivalent to the mid range card of the previous generations, I felt like 3060 is just about okay. When I launched Cyberpunk 2077, I was happy with the increased resolution, reflections from ray tracing, however, it did not blow my mind away.
As of now, I have spent another 10 to 20 hours on CyberPunk 2077 on the RTX machine. Things are definitely smoother, visually better. However, it is only an incremental improvement.
RAM bandwidth limitation
The unusual thing that confused me about RTX 3060 is that it has 12 GB of RAM. That’s odd because, RTX 3070 has 8 GB RAM, which is a superior and more expensive card than the 3060.
The thing is, this is to make up for a smaller memory lane. Also, many people have pointed out online, that games dont use more than 8 GB of RAM. I have also noticed that, even in the busy scenes on CyberPunk, the Xbox Overlay shows VRAM usage staying within 8 or 9 GB.
I could be wrong but i am not a benchmark expert.
The extra VRAM is good, but, perhaps when games start taking advantage of it. But the smaller memory lane will always be a limiting factor. My hope is, as game developers start looking at RTX 3060 (it is still the cheapest new generation card, if you can by it), they might start optimising their engines to take advantage of the extra RAM.
As with any graphics card related post, I must mention that my purchase decision was based more on the desperation to get an RTX 30xx card than anything else. I originally wanted to buy a RTX 3070 card. However, the prices are so insane. Then, I thought I will buy a RTX 3060 Ti card, which fixes the bandwidth problems. But, it’s nowhere to be found.
Eventually, all I could my hands on it was this. My computers are my livelihood and hence, they are my best friends. However, if I were you, I will first check if RTX 3060 Ti is available. If not, and you are truly desperate, only then get the RTX 3060 12 GB.
You will always feel like you are getting an experience that is compromised, but a compromised gaming life is better than no gaming life, eh?