In a surprising turn of events, Nvidia has made a decision to bring forward the launch of its highly anticipated RTX 4060 graphics card. Originally slated for a July release, new leaks suggest that the release date has been shifted to June, creating a buzz among tech enthusiasts and gamers alike.
According to a reputable source known as MEGAsizeGPU, who has been a reliable leaker in the past (via Videocardz), the RTX 4060 is now expected to hit the market on June 29, with initial reviews set to appear a day earlier.
The leak references an internal Nvidia document, which reveals that the company has already begun shipping RTX 4060 products to its distribution channel as of June 12.
Specifications and Features of the RTX 4060
The upcoming GeForce RTX 4060 is anticipated to be based on a slightly scaled-down version of the AD106 GPU, the same GPU used in the RTX 4060 Ti. Nvidia has officially disclosed that the card will boast 3072 CUDA cores, a boost clock speed of 2,460MHz, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory with a 128-bit bus.
One notable difference between the RTX 4060 and its Ti counterpart is the core count, with the 4060 featuring 3072 CUDA cores compared to the 4352 found in the 4060 Ti. This suggests a significant performance disparity between the two models.
However, the RTX 4060 is expected to have a lower TDP (thermal design power) of just 115W, compared to the 160W of the RTX 4060 Ti. This indicates that even if the RTX 4060 falls slightly behind the Ti in terms of speed, it is likely to showcase remarkable power efficiency and performance per watt.
A Strategic Move by Nvidia
The decision to expedite the launch of the RTX 4060 is not entirely surprising. While the RTX 4060 Ti offers commendable performance, its price tag of $399 places it beyond the reach of many mainstream gamers. Disappointing sales and a lukewarm reception have likely influenced Nvidia’s choice to fast-track the release of the non-Ti RTX 4060.
Starting at a more affordable price point of $299, the RTX 4060 with 8GB of VRAM is expected to appeal to a broader market. Nvidia’s xx60 class graphics cards have always been popular among consumers, although the final judgment on its performance compared to competitors is still up in the air.
Challenges and Competition Ahead
The RTX 4060 will face competition not only from AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 but also from the previous generation of cards from both companies.
As the RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series approach their end-of-life status, their prices are dropping, making them attractive options for gamers seeking capable gaming cards on a budget.
The gaming community eagerly awaits the arrival of the RTX 4060, eager to discover how it will stack up against its rivals. Nvidia’s decision to expedite its launch raises expectations and anticipation for this budget-friendly graphics card, offering the potential for an exciting and accessible gaming experience.