A report from gaming site Wccftech claims that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card will come out February 25 at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Nvidia has been releasing its 30-series graphics cards at a steady clip over the past few months, and the 3060 will be their cheapest offering yet for this generation. The card comes with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory and supports ray-tracing.
Nvidia previously said that the RTX 3060 would release later in February, but this report is the first indication of a concrete release date. The report did not cite any specific source. Though the card has not been released yet, a Redditor posted a picture of a Gigabyte 3060 RTX they claimed to have bought from a store in a cryptocurrency mining subreddit. That user posted some of the card’s technical specs, but it’s unclear if they’re reliable.
Though the RTX 3060 has an MSRP of $330, the actual pricing will depend heavily on availability and specific manufacturer. Indeed, the RTX 30-series has become ground zero for the ongoing GPU shortage caused in part by the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, trade tariffs are set to increase the price of GPUs by quite a lot. The RTX 3080’s launch was particularly affected by the pandemic, but it’s been difficult to buy a graphics card for months now. If you’re planning on picking up an RTX 3060, be prepared to pay more than that MSRP.