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Nvidia announces RTX 3060 for PCs, RTX 30 series for laptops

Nvidia's new graphics cards go big on ray-tracing performance to usher a new world of gaming.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | January 13, 2021 | Updated 16:58 IST

Highlights

  • Nvidia has announced the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU for PC gamers.
  • It has also launched the RTX 30 series for gaming laptops.
  • Nvidia is touting big improvements in ray-tracing on these graphics cards.

Nvidia is expanding its GPU line with the new RTX 3000 series for laptops and the GeForce RTX 3060 for PC gamers. The new RTX 3000 series for laptops is a better-performing version of the RTX 3000 series GPUs that were introduced for PCs last year and are based on the new Ampere architecture. Meanwhile, the new GeForce RTX 3060 for PCs brings significant upgrades over the GTX 1060 Pascal graphics cards that the company launched back in 2016. Nvidia says the new GeForce RTX 3060 card will improve ray-tracing in games significantly.

"There's unstoppable momentum behind ray tracing, which has quickly redefined the new standard of gaming," said Matt Wuebbling, vice president of global GeForce marketing at Nvidia. "The NVIDIA Ampere architecture has been our fastest-selling ever, and the RTX 3060 brings the strengths of the RTX 30 Series to millions of more gamers everywhere." The GeForce RTX 3060 brings support for 12GB of DDR6 memory while bringing a 10-fold improvement in ray-tracing performance. The GPU also supports the Nvidia DLSS and RTX apps, which make it a lucrative upgrade over the GTX class card, which Nvidia says is used by an estimated 90 per cent of GeForce gamers.

The Nvidia DLSS technology can boost frame rates and sharpen low-resolution images in games with the help of artificial intelligence and animation simulation. This, in turn, maximises the ray-tracing performance in more than 25 games available at the moment while more games are being added to the list. The GeForce RTX 3060 cards also use the Nvidia Reflex and Broadcast technologies for better latency and audio, video enhancements, including virtual backgrounds, motion capture, and advanced noise removal from the games. The card can run Cyberpunk 2077 and Fortnite at 60 frames per second seamlessly.

Nvidia has said that the GeForce RTX 3060 will be available in late February, starting at $329, as custom boards including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models from add-in card providers such as Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.

Coming to the new RTX 3000 series for laptops, Nvidia is promising significant gains over the last generation. The new series has the RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 GPUs, all of them based on the Ampere architecture. The laptops are using the Max-Q design, which allows laptop manufacturers to trim the width of the gaming laptop while ensuring the performance is not compromised. Nvidia is using the Dynamic Boost 2.0 technology that uses AI to maintain a balance between the CPU, GPU, and GPU memory, meaning the laptop will be able to balance out the power needs in real-time.

The RTX 3060 (priced $999) is touted to be 1.3 times faster than the Sony PlayStation 5, which is a tall claim. On the other hand, the Nvidia RTX 3070 (starts at $1,299) supports 1440p gaming with 90fps and is claimed to be 50 per cent faster than the RTX 2070. And finally, the top-end RTX 3080 (starts at $1,999) supports up to 16GB of G6 memory and is suited for the maximum performance that some gamers and content creators require from their machine. It can deliver 100+ frames per second with a display resolution of 1440p. All these cards are also powered by Nvidia DLSS technology meaning there is support for top-class ray-tracing performance.

"After taking the desktop market by storm, our Nvidia Ampere architecture is now powering the world's fastest laptops," said Kaustubh Sanghani, vice president and general manager of GeForce OEM at Nvidia. "Nowhere does power efficiency matter more than in gaming laptops, a market that's grown 7x in the past seven years. These new thin and light systems are based on our Max-Q technologies, where every aspect CPU, GPU, software, PCB design, power delivery, thermals is optimised for power and performance."

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