GeForce RTX 4060 Launches on June 29th for $299

GeForce RTX 4060
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Nvidia has officially unveiled the launch date for the GeForce RTX 4060 (non-Ti): June 29th at 6 AM Pacific time. The RTX 4060 is Nvidia's upcoming mid-range GPU in the $300 price bracket, which will vie for a competing spot in the list of the Best Graphics Cards, replacing the RTX 3060 and competing with the likes of AMD's new Radeon RX 7600.

The RTX 4060 will be one of Nvidia's first genuinely affordable RTX 40 series graphics cards for mainstream buyers, starting at $299. The GPU will come with 24 SMs, 3072 CUDA cores, 24MB of L2 cache, 115W TGP, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory operating on a 128-bit wide bus. For more details on the RTX 4060's specifications, check out our previous coverage here.

According to initial benchmarks by Nvidia, the RTX 4060 will be an optimal upgrade for RTX 2060 series owners with frame rates that outperform the RTX 3060 Ti. Nvidia's charts report that the RTX 4060 will be 1.15x faster than the RTX 3060 Ti and  1.6x times faster than the RTX 2060 Super. With DLSS 3 frame gen enabled, performance goes up drastically, with up to a 2.6x performance increase compared to the RTX 2060 Super.

However, we suspect these numbers represent the maximum performance potential Nvidia's RTX 4060 will offer compared to previous generation GPUs. In our RTX 4060 Ti review, we found that card offers widely different results in several games, with some games matching the performance of the RTX 3060 Ti. As a result, we suspect the RTX 4060 will behave similarly, with performance that will vary drastically per title.

But in general, expect the RTX 4060 to feature substantially weaker performance than the RTX 4060 Ti, even though the memory sub-system remains the same between the two GPUs. The RTX 4060 features a 41% reduction in CUDA cores which will inevitably imply serious performance downgrades compared to its bigger brother.

Nonetheless, we hope the RTX 4060 won't make the same mistakes as the RTX 4060 Ti and will offer good gaming performance at $299. We will know if this is true soon after our RTX 4060 review drops near the June 29th deadline.

Aaron Klotz
Contributing Writer

Aaron Klotz is a contributing writer for Tom’s Hardware, covering news related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • helper800
    Admin said:
    Hopefully, it will inject some life into the mid-range GPU market
    Yeah, I sincerely doubt it for 299 dollars. Maybe at 180-200 dollars this would not be a DOA price to performance card.
  • With DLSS 3 frame gen enabled, performance goes up drastically, with up to a 2.6x performance increase compared to the RTX 2060 Super.

    Let's not count DLSS 3 here, only pure rasterized performance if we really want to compare the 4060 with previous gen cards which lack proper support for DLSS3.
    It is moot.

    Nvidia claims the card offers a 20% improvement over the GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB in traditional rasterization and bigger gains when RT and DLSS are factored in.

    So, based on Nvidia's specs/claims, since we are getting up to a 70% increase (with DLSS 3) and a 20% increase (without DLSS) over the RTX 3060, that says that DLSS 3 is bad or unfair metric for comparison. A lot of disparity here.
  • Amdlova
    For 115w i'am potential buyer old games will be playable at 30w ;) 30w from cpu more 30w graphics 1W / FPS
  • PEnns
    $299?? LOL!! Nice try.
  • cknobman
    LOL at any sucker buying this card for $299
  • mwm2010
    This card is clearly meant for 1080p, but trust me, this piece of garbage isn't worth $299. Where's the 192-bit bus and 12 GB of memory? This is why I'm going to stick with my 6700 XT.
  • hotaru251
    Hopefully, it will inject some life into the mid-range GPU market

    this is a butchered 4060 ti...which was a failure and barely sells (as everyone knows its a 50 tier gpu thats actually worse than last gen outside dlss3 which not many games support)

    you are honestly better off saving for at least a 4070 (still not best choice but least better value to performance) or going with intel a770.
  • lmcnabney
    Why pay $300 for this when a $500 console will completely blow it away. This card can't play anything at 4K with over 30fps. In fact modern games (Last of Us pt 1, Jedi Survivor...) are all requiring over 8G for measley old 1080p. This card is delivering GTX1080 performance for about 40% off of the original 1080 price. What other level of tech can still be worth 60% of its original cost after seven years?
  • mickrc3
    Have to agree with other posts - need to knock off at least another $100 to be competitive with current "mainstream" GPUs. Performance is lacking but the big miss is the 8GB DDR when so many new games demand more. If you are willing to stick with 8GB you can find a used RTX 3070 for the same price.
  • nitrium
    The RTX 4060 will not even be twice as fast as the RTX 2060 (6GB), since the RTX 4060Ti doesn't even get there. The RTX 2060 came out in Jan 2019, 4.5 years ago. Very disappointing, and I think this marks an unprecedented length of time in GPU history for relative speed/VRAM increases for successor cards (i.e. at the equivalent launch price point). I guess I'll wait for the RTX 5060.