Nvidia’s RTX 4060 could be a disappointment, at least compared to the next-gen Lovelace graphics cards further up the range, or that’s the claim of one of the mainstream hardware goodies on Twitter.
Kopite7kimi tweeted out a “typical” Time Spy Extreme score — these pre-release approaches are something the leaker has been doing a lot of lately for Lovelace cards — for AD106, the GPU believed to power the RTX 4060.
AD106 is not very strong. The typical TSE score is < 7000. And both AD106 and AD107 use PCIE x8.September 10, 2022
As you can see, the estimated score for the GPU is just under 7,000, which, if it’s in the right margin – and remember, load a wheelbarrow full of salt here – on Twitter is somewhat disappointed.
Kopite7kimi also notes that AD106 and AD107 (the latter being the chip for the card below 4060, presumably the RTX 4050) will use 8 PCIe lanes instead of 16 as with the higher-end graphics cards. That means the RTX 4060 (and the cards below) have less bandwidth to take advantage of.
Analysis: putting things in perspective
We don’t know if it’s fair to label this leak – or rough performance prediction – as disappointing. That Time Spy Extreme result theoretically puts the RTX 4060 on the same level of performance as the RTX 3070, or thereabouts, which is hardly a shame. It is indeed a solid generational leap, and comparable to the advancement of the RTX 3060, which was roughly equivalent to the RTX 2070.
If you were hoping for something better than the improvement we saw with the current generation of Nvidia graphics cards, it is indeed a bit disappointing. And perhaps the problem is that some leaks have suggested some major benefits for the RTX 4070 – and of course we’ve heard about doubling the performance, generation-over-generation, with the flagship RTX 4090 – hence gamers may have been allowing expectations for the RTX 4060 increased.
But really, the leaked performance reported here isn’t surprising. What’s perhaps surprising is the drop to 8 PCIe lanes – remember, the RTX 3060 supported 16 – which, if true, means the GPU will likely lose some performance on older PCs (which don’t have a PCIe 4.0 motherboard). Even on PCIe 3.0 systems, any drop in frame rate due to limited bandwidth is likely to be relatively modest (though it’s undoubtedly still annoying for those users).
Remember, another unknown here is the price tag – could that cut in PCIe lanes hint that Nvidia could be shaping up to launch the RTX 4060 at a (slightly) relatively more affordable level than the RTX 3060? Well, we really wouldn’t count on it, but it’s an interesting thought, as well as a reminder that GPUs aren’t all about pure performance – that price-performance ratio is the crucial piece of the puzzle.
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