That's what the RTX 3060 is designed to do in 2021, except of course it's said to do it with RTX turned on.

RTX 3060 at a glance:

  • Can run the latest titles with RTX on at 60fps
  • Starts at £299 / $329 
  • Launches end of February 2021

How much does the new Nvidia RTX 3060 cost?

The RTX 30 range now starts with the RTX 3060 which will cost £299 / $329. The 3060 Ti - the previous cheapest model - starts at £369.

Although Nvidia didn't go into much detail about specs during the launch, it did say that it has twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance of the GTX 1060. 

Fortunately, the full details can be found on Nvidia's website which confirm rumours that it has 3584 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6 RAM (oddly, more than the 3060 Ti). It has a 192-bit bus to facilitate this.

RTX 3060 specs

Plus, the 3060 will be the first to support Resizeable BAR that allows all GPU memory to be accessed at once by the CPU. 

Previous rumours suggested that Nvidia would also launch an RTX 3050 Ti with 3,584 CUDA cores and 6GB of RAM, and an entry-level RTX 3050 with 2,304 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR6 memory. But that didn't happen: the event was geared more towards the new RTX 30-series gaming laptops which will cost from $999 (likely around £999).

Where can I buy an Nvidia RTX 3060?

Of course, the biggest question isn't the specs of the new card. It's availability, since it’s almost impossible to buy the existing cards because they're always out of stock.

Nvidia acknowledged the current situation during the launch and said it would do its best to ensure there's enough supply to go around.

Unlike the 3060 Ti which went on sale the very next day (2 December) after launch, that's not the case here. The RTX 3060 will be available from the end of February, so there's a good 6-7 week wait.

The cards will likely be available from the following retailers in the UK. We expect stock to sell out quickly, so it will be worth pre-ordering a 3060 if you know you want one. Currently, it's not possible to pre-order the card even from Nvidia.

We’ll update this section with specific links, along with more retailers as listings go live.

See also where to buy the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti in the UK and, if you're unsure of which graphics card is best for you, take a look at which Nvidia GPU should I buy?