Nvidia’s RTX 4060 GPU will represent a decent old jump in power consumption compared to Team Green’s current-generation graphics cards, and will consume more watts than the RTX 3070 according to new speculation – plus we’ve heard something about the release date too, with the map that will apparently land in early 2023 (more on that later).
First of all, as Kopite7kimi, one of the regular hardware goodies on Twitter, shared, the RTX 4060 could be drawing more power than the current RTX 3070, which is rated at 220W.
The real release date doesn’t interest me. I’m just curious about the performance of the RTX 4060, which consumes more power than the RTX 3070.June 5, 2022
Given that we can expect the RTX 4060’s power consumption to theoretically exceed 220W (or maybe at that level). Since the RTX 2060 drew 160W and the 3060 demanded 170W, that’s a jump to 220W or more.
VideoCardz (opens in new tab)who saw the above tweet also pointed to new rumors about the release time of Nvidia’s RTX 4000 (Lovelace) GPUs, and for the first time we have a purported release date for the RTX 4060: January 2023 (in other words, a CES launch – the GPU will presumably be unveiled initially at the show and likely go on sale by the end of the month).
That’s according to Wccftech’s (opens in new tab) sources, in a report claiming the RTX 4090 could 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 jump of 50W or more in power consumption from the current-generation RTX 3060 to the 4060 is quite significant, although that kind of increase is not unprecedented – Nvidia increased power consumption by 40W when the 2060 came out, for example. Plus, given everything we’ve heard about the power-hungry RTX 4000 family (though expectations on that front have at least eased somewhat lately), a larger increase in wattage for the 4060 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Nvidia increasing power consumption with the RTX 4060 may also point to what could be a big jump in performance terms compared to the RTX 3060, and that would certainly be something to get excited about with mid-range Lovelace.
As for the release date details, given that we hadn’t seen any rumors about the RTX 4060 yet, a CES reveal certainly makes sense. And starting with an October launch for the RTX 4090 also sounds possible, though the most recent time frame theorized is that Nvidia is shooting for August for Lovelace’s flagship (with the 4080 and 4070 following in September and October respectively).
While an August first sale date for the RTX 4090 may seem early, October feels a little late, given the other rumors we’ve seen floating around lately; so maybe September will be a happy medium for when Nvidia kicks off with Lovelace.
In the end, though, treat all of this with caution, and even if Nvidia’s intent is to get the RTX 4090 ball rolling in August, that plan could always fail. Whatever the case, the rumor mill now seems to be firmly convinced that it will be the RTX 4090 first, followed by the 4080 and 4070, and we probably won’t see the 4060 until early 2023.