Nvidia’s RTX 4060 GPU will represent a pretty old jump in power usage compared to Team Green’s current-gen graphics cards and will consume more power than the RTX 3070 according to new speculation – plus we’ve heard something about the launch date, too, with the card apparently slated to land in early 2023 (more on that later).
Firstly, as Kopite7kimi, one of the regular hardware leakers on Twitter, shared, the RTX 4060 may require more power than the current RTX 3070, which is rated at 220W.
I don’t care about the actual release date. I’m just curious about the performance of the RTX 4060, which consumes more power than the RTX 3070.June 5, 2022
Given this, we can expect the RTX 4060’s power consumption to theoretically be more than 220W (or perhaps at that level). Given that the RTX 2060 drew 160W and the 3060 required 170W, that’s a jump to 220W or more.
VideoCardz (opens in new tab)who saw the above tweet also pointed out new rumors about the release date of Nvidia’s RTX 4000 (Lovelace) GPUs, and for the first time we have an alleged release date for the RTX 4060: January 2023 (in other words, a CES launch – the GPU is supposed to be initially revealed at the fair and will go on sale probably later in the month).
This according to WCcftech’s (opens in new tab) sources, in a report that claims the RTX 4090 may launch in October, followed by the RTX 4080 in November, then the RTX 4070 in December 2022, followed by the RTX 4060.
Analysis: With great power comes great performance?
As noted, a 50W or greater jump in power consumption from the current-gen RTX 3060 to the 4060 is pretty hefty, although this kind of increase isn’t unprecedented – Nvidia upped power usage by 40W when the 2060 launched. , for example. Also, considering everything we’ve heard about the RTX 4000 family being power-hungry (although expectations have recently dropped at least a little on that front), a more robust increase in wattage from the 4060 isn’t really a surprise.
Nvidia ramping up power usage with the RTX 4060 also potentially points to what could be a big leap in terms of performance compared to the RTX 3060, and that would be something to get excited about with the mid-range Lovelace for sure.
As for release date details, given that we haven’t seen rumors about the RTX 4060 yet, a CES reveal certainly makes sense. And kicking off with an October release for the RTX 4090 also seems possible, although the latest timeframe theorized on the vine is that Nvidia is filming for August for the Lovelace flagship (with the 4080 and 4070 in September and October respectively). ).
While an August sales start date for the RTX 4090 seems early, October seems a little late considering the other rumors we’ve seen floating around lately; so maybe September is a happy medium for when Nvidia starts with Lovelace.
Ultimately though, treat all of this with caution, and even if it’s Nvidia’s intention to get the RTX 4090 ball rolling in August, that plan can always be subject to slippage. Whatever the case, the rumor now seems to firmly believe that it will be the RTX 4090 released first, followed by the 4080 and 4070, and we probably won’t see the 4060 until early 2023.