Competition is heating up in the graphics cards space following Nvidia’s announcement of the GeForce RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti GPUs, totalling three models overall.
Other than offering more PC upgrade options, the RTX 4060 cards are significant because they’re the first of Nvidia’s 60-suffixed GPUs to use the Ada Lovelace architecture. Like the 4070 released earlier this year, graphics cards built on Ada perform significantly stronger than the previous-gen Ampere while using the same amount of power.
While the 4070 targets 1440p gaming, Nvidia says the RTX 4060 GPU range is ideal for 1080p Full HD gaming and content creation.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 range details and specifications
Starting from the bottom and working our way up, the base level 4060 is DLSS 3 compatible. This means supported games run at higher frame rates due to AI upscaling of lower-resolution frames.
Nvidia claims that the new entry-level model produces up to 1.7 times the performance of the RTX 3060, and 2.3 times the performance of the RTX 2060. According to Nvidia’s own benchmarks, the 4060 produces higher average frame rates than the AMD Radeon RX 7600 in demanding games like The Last of Us Part I and the Resident Evil 4 remake. Keep in mind that independent benchmarks may vary from the company line.
RTX 4060 Ti
Nvidia CUDA Cores
16GB GDDR6 or 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1.83 GHz Boost Clock: up to 2.46 GHz
Base Clock: 2.31 GHz Boost Clock: 2.54 GHz
165W (16GB) 160W (8GB)
US$499 (16GB) US$399 (8GB)
On paper, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 looks to have more onboard power than the 4060 and is slightly cheaper. However, the Ti version, which has both an 8GB and 16GB version offers more of a like-for-like comparison. The catch here is that while Nvidia provides numbers that suggest decent improvements off the back of DLSS 3, it’s a fair bit more expensive.
So far, only the 8GB 4060 Ti is out, to be followed by the 16GB model and the base 4060 in July. Here in Australia, the 8GB Ti model costs between $700-800 depending on the retailer and manufacturer. That’s a lot to pay for a GPU aimed primarily at 1080p gaming. Conversely, considering that the bulk of people still play in Full HD, according to the Steam Hardware Survey, there’s clearly a market for it.
As the cards end up in reviewers’ benchmark PCs, we eagerly anticipate how the ongoing competition between Nvidia and AMD pans out. More information on the latest GPUs is available on Nvidia’s website. You can also read our review of the GeForce RTX 4080 GPU for a look at the higher end of graphics cards.