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Nvidia RTX 4060 review – is it worth it?

Should you buy an Nvidia RTX 4060 this year?
Last Updated on April 4, 2024
RTX 4060 review
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If you’re working with a strict budget for your next gaming PC build then Team Green has the answer. Enter the RTX 4060 which packs in just enough of the Ada architecture prowess to power today’s games in 1080p and even 1440p within reason. It’s not exactly going to rival what the best GPUs can do in terms of performance, but given its price point and competition, can be considered among the best budget graphics cards. Our full RTX 4060 review goes into all the details you need to know.

Nvidia RTX 4060 price

The Nvidia RTX 4060 is available from $299 depending on the version that you get, making it the cheapest of the Ada lineup by a considerable margin. For context, that’s a comparable price to the previous mainstream Ampere offering, the RTX 3050 which debuted at $249 and up. In terms of this new video card, it’s a full $100 cheaper than the RTX 4060 Ti which starts at $399 for the 8GB variant and $499 for the 16GB version. Check out our full RTX 4060 vs RTX 4060 Ti feature for how the two compare.

The pricing may vary depending on the partner card. Our review unit is the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4060 OC Edition which is available for $389.99, an increase of $90 (that’s 30%) which positions this partner card within $10 less than the RTX 4060 Ti starting price. Whether it’s worth that extra fee or not will ultimately depend on how important overclocking and RGB lighting is to you, but more on that further down the page.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4060 OC

GPU
AD107 die
CUDA cores
3,072
VRAM
8GB GDDR6 VRAM
Bandwidth
272 GB/s
Memory bus width
128-bit memory bus
Base clock speed
1830 MHz
Boost clock speed
2670 MHz
Pros
  • Great in 1080p
  • DLSS 3 Frame Generation
  • Better value than RX 7600
Cons
  • Don’t sing in 1440p
  • Some AIBs are overpriced

Nvidia RTX 4060 key specs

A Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics card with a backplate on a table.
The backplate of the ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 4060 OC Edition © BGFG

As its price may indicate, the RTX 4060 is the weakest of the current-generation Ada graphics card lineup. It’s the only GPU built on the AD107 die and features 8GB GDDR6 VRAM on a 128-bit memory bus. There’s a total of 3,072 CUDA cores with 96 TMUs and 48 ROPs. It has a base clock speed of 1,830 MHz and a boost clock of up to 2,460 MHz with 17 Gbps effective memory for a bandwidth of 272 GB/sec.

Considering the humble hardware here, the Nvidia RTX 4060 is far from power-hungry with a tame 115W TDP and a recommended PSU of just 300W. That positions this video card as an ideal choice for a small form factor build or a budget machine. In terms of how AMD competes, you can read all about it in our dedicated RX 7600 XT review, and then our RTX 4060 vs RX 7600 XT feature next. The cliff notes: a 1080p performer under $300.

Nvidia RTX 4060 key design

Nvidia RTX 4060 black graphics card with twin cooling fans, heat sinks, and display output ports, set against a blurred background of computer components.
The large heatsink of the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4060 OC Edition © BGFG

Things are relatively no-frills in terms of the RTX 4060’s design. It’s a dual-slot GPU that measures 9.4 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches (LxWxH) and it uses a 12-pin power connector as standard. However, our review unit, the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4060 OC Edition features a standard 8-pin connector which is a major plus; as you may expect, it’s larger than many of its competitors, though. This variant comes in at a weighty 12.26 x 5.26 x 2.44 inches (LxWxH) being much longer, wider, and taller as a result.

the RTX 4060 largely archives its goal of providing 1080p frame rates of 60fps and above

Simply put, a triple-slot RTX 4060 may not be ideal for everyone, and the power requirements are also heightened up to 550W too. It would be amiss of us to take away from just how good this card looks and its excellent build quality, though. Not only is this a triple-fan setup with RGB lighting, but there’s also a much thicker metal heatsink for enhanced cooling capabilities, too. You may need it as well because this card can be overclocked to 2,700 MHz (a jump up of 9.7% from stock).

Nvidia RTX 4060 gaming performance

In the testing conducted by BGFG’s Sebastian Kozlowski, the RTX 4060 largely archives its goal of providing 1080p frame rates of 60fps and above. The graphics card had no problem pushing demanding games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Siege, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider without breaking a sweat in ultra settings. There’s even decent performance in 1440p, but your mileage is going to vary. Check out the full results below.

Game1080p1440p
CS:GO493299
Cyberpunk 20777748
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla10674
Far Cry 612484
Rainbow Six Siege392241
Shadow of the Tomb Raider163101
RTX 4060’s native performance in 1080p and 1440p at max settings

We didn’t utilize ray tracing or DLSS due to wanting to give the card its best shot at native performance and the results are ultimately good, especially in the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which are still demanding games even in 2024. Esports titles should have no issue being maxed out in both resolutions, just don’t expect huge framerates with ray tracing enabled.

Nvidia RTX 4060 synthetic performance

The synthetic performance of the RTX 4060 is surprisingly strong considering the humble hardware inside. In our industry-standard tests through 3DMark, the mainstream GPU did surprisingly well in the likes of Fire Strike (Direct X11) and Time Spy (Direct X12), but the struggle was real when outputting in 1440p and 4K as can be evidenced in Extreme and Ultra variants.

SoftwareGraphicsOverall
Fire Strike (DX11)27,26526,353
Fire Strike Extreme12,75312,553
Fire Strike Ultra5,7256,039
Time Spy (DX12)10,74311,219
Time Spy Extreme5,6555,655
The RTX 4060’s synthetic performance
An Asus ROG Strix Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics card with packaging displayed on a desk, awaiting its worth-it review.
The ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 4060 OC Edition and its packaging © BGFG

Conclusion

Gamers wanting upgrades from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and up should see this video card as a solid option thanks to the utilization of Frame Generation which is locked behind Ada Lovelace architecture. At this price bracket, your only real options are either AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 or the Intel Arc A750. The benchmarks show that Team Green has enough under the hood to pull ahead, especially if you’re moving on up from older GTX models that lack RT cores and Tensor cores altogether.

Factoring in the sub-$300 MSRP, the memory bandwidth available, and the video RAM taken as a whole there’s a lot to like here even if it won’t necessarily impress. The lack of a Founders Edition you’ll be relying on partners such as ASUS ROG, MSI Ventus, Gigabyte, etc. where rates will vary. As will the size, cooler, and power usage. It’s among the best graphics cards under $300 with average frame rates above 60fps in Full HD.

Is the Nvidia RTX 4060 worth it?

While the RTX 4060 is far from a dream graphics card for those wanting the pinnacle of hardware performance, there’s absolutely no faulting what it can do in 1080p and even 1440p. While it’s most at home in Full HD pushing games to max settings, those wanting QHD aren’t going to entirely miss out either. It’s clear that Nvidia DLSS 3 Frame Generation would further benefit here, too.

Copy by Aleksha McLoughlin; Testing by Sebastian Kozlowski

Aleksha McLoughlin is Hardware and News Editor for PC Guide and she oversees buying guides, reviews, news, and features on site. She was previously Hardware and Affiliates Editor at VideoGamer.

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