Nvidia’s RTX 4060 might be disappointing, at least compared to its next-gen Lovelace graphics cards, or that’s the contention from one of the regular hardware leakers on Twitter.
Kopite7kimi tweeted a “typical” Time Spy Extreme result – these pre-release approximations are something the leaker has done a lot recently for Lovelace cards – for the AD106, the GPU believed to power the RTX 4060.
AD106 is not very strong. A typical TSE score is <7000. Both AD106 and AD107 use PCIE x8.September 10, 2022
You see, the GPU’s estimated score is just under 7,000, which if it’s in the right ballpark — and remember, load up a cart full of salt here — met with some disappointment on Twitter.
Kopite7kimi also notes that the AD106 and AD107 (the latter being the card chip under the 4060, presumably the RTX 4050) will use 8 PCIe lanes, rather than the 16 as with higher-range graphics cards. This means that the RTX 4060 (and the cards below) will have less bandwidth to take advantage of.
Analysis: Putting things into perspective
We don’t know if it’s fair to categorize this leak – or the rough prediction of performance – as disappointing. The result of that Time Spy Extreme theoretically puts the RTX 4060 at the same level of performance as the RTX 3070, or close to that, which is hardly a shame to cry about. In fact, it’s a solid generational leap, and one comparable to the progress made by the RTX 3060, which is roughly equivalent to the RTX 2070.
If you were hoping for something better than the improvement we’ve seen with the current generation of Nvidia graphics cards, then yes, it’s a bit disappointing. Perhaps the problem is that some leaks have suggested some major gains for the RTX 4070 – and of course we’ve heard about getting twice as much performance, generation after generation, with the flagship RTX 4090 – and so gamers might as well make expectations higher for the RTX 4060 as a result.
However, the leaked performance referenced here isn’t really surprising. Perhaps surprising is the 8-lane PCIe cut – remember the RTX 3060 supports 16 – which if true would mean that the GPU would likely lose some performance on older PCs (that don’t have a PCIe 4.0 motherboard). Even on PCIe 3.0 systems, any drop in frame rate due to restricted bandwidth is likely to be relatively modest (although it’s still annoying for these users, no doubt).
Don’t forget that another unknown price here is the price – could this cut in the PCIe lanes be a 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 won’t really count on it, but it’s an interesting idea, plus a reminder that it’s not really about raw performance with GPUs – the price/performance ratio is the crucial piece of the puzzle.
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