Nvidia’s RTX 4060 might be a letdown, at least compared to next-gen Lovelace graphics cards, or that’s the claim of one of the regular hardware leakers on Twitter.
Kopite7kimi tweeted a “typical” score from Time Spy Extreme – these pre-release approximations are something the leaker has been doing a lot lately for Lovelace cards – for AD106, which is the GPU believed to power the RTX 4060.
AD106 is not very strong. Typical TSE score is < 7000. And both AD106 and AD107 are using 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 stadium – and remember, load a wheelbarrow full of salt here – has been met with some disappointment on Twitter.
Kopite7kimi also notes that AD106 and AD107 (the latter being the chip for the card under the 4060, presumably the RTX 4050) will employ 8 PCIe lanes instead of 16 as with higher graphics cards. This means the RTX 4060 (and lower cards) will have less bandwidth to benefit from.
Analysis: Putting things in perspective
We don’t know if it’s fair to label this leak – or rough performance prediction – as disappointing. This Time Spy Extreme result theoretically puts the RTX 4060 on the same performance level as the RTX 3070, or something like that, which is hardly a shame. In fact, it’s a solid generational leap and similar to the advancement made by the RTX 3060, which roughly equaled the RTX 2070.
If you were expecting anything better than the improvement we’ve witnessed with the current generation of Nvidia graphics cards, then yes, it’s a little disappointing. And perhaps the problem is that some leaks have hinted at some major gains for the RTX 4070 – and of course we’ve heard about doubling the performance generation after generation with the flagship RTX 4090 – so gamers may have been setting expectations higher for the RTX 4060 as a result.
Really though, the leaked performance indicated here is not surprising. What is perhaps surprising is the cut to 8 PCIe lanes – remember, the RTX 3060 supports 16 – which, if true, means the GPU will likely lose some performance on older PCs (which don’t have a motherboard). PCIe 4.0). Even on PCIe 3.0 systems, though, any frame rate drops due to constrained bandwidth are likely to be relatively modest (although it’s still annoying for those users, no doubt).
Don’t forget that another unknown here is pricing – could this cut in PCIe lanes be a hint that Nvidia may be gearing up to release the RTX 4060 at a (somewhat) relatively more affordable level than the RTX 3060? Well, we really wouldn’t bet on it, but it’s an interesting thought, as well as a reminder that it’s not just about raw performance with GPUs – that price/performance ratio is the crucial piece of the puzzle.
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