NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Review – Featuring ASUS

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Ada now starts at 300 USD. Are you excited?

NVIDIA is all-in on AI, but consumer GPUs are still a thing. And while marketing for even this modest little RTX 4060 will still center around AI-powered technologies (DLSS, frame generation), it is still a conventional desktop graphics solution. As such, there is the raster performance question, particularly as it relates to AMD’s latest offering.

And yes, this is another 8GB product in 2023, and I do remember that the RTX 3060 had 12GB of VRAM. Call it a regression if you must, but NVIDIA will point out that their big L2 cache and DLSS + FG will all but alleviate your VRAM concerns. But let’s be honest. No product with 8GB of VRAM that costs $300 in 2023 is going to gain the Gamers Nexus or Hardware Unboxed seal of approval. YouTube skews negative, and they will probably have a field day with this.

In this written review, I will present some actual data from benchmarks I have just completed running over the past few days, and let you decide if this card is worth your hard-earned money. No drama, just the facts, ma’am. Beginning with these specs (which I’ll probably have to update since I am not 100% sure on a couple of them):

RTX 4060 RTX 4060 Ti RTX 4070 RTX 4070 Ti RTX 4080
GPU AD107 AD106 AD104 AD104 AD103
Architecture Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace
SMs 24 34 46 60 76
CUDA Cores 3072 4352 5888 7680 9728
Tensor Cores 96 (4th Gen) 136 (4th Gen) 184 (4th Gen) 240 (4th Gen) 304 (4th Gen)
RT Cores 24 (3rd Gen) 34 (3rd Gen) 46 (3rd Gen) 60 (3rd Gen) 76 (3rd Gen)
Base Clock 1830 MHz 2310 MHz 1920 MHz 2310 MHz 2205 MHz
Boost Clock 2460 MHz 2535 MHz 2475 MHz 2610 MHz 2505 MHz
Texture Units 96 136 184 240 304
ROPs 48 48 64 80 112
Memory Data Rate 17 Gbps 18 Gbps 21 Gbps 21 Gbps 21 Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
L2 Cache Size 24MB 32MB 36MB 48MB 64MB
Memory Bandwidth 272 GB/s 288 GB/s 504 GB/s 504 GB/s 716 GB/s
Transistor Count ? 22.9B 35.8B 35.8B 45.9B
Die Size 146 mm^2 190 mm^2 295 mm^2 295 mm^2 379 mm^2
Process Tech TSMC 4N NV Custom TSMC 4N NV Custom TSMC 4N NV Custom TSMC 4N NV Custom TSMC 4N NV Custom
TGP 115W 160W 200W 285W 320W
Launch Price $299 $399 $599 $799 $1199

Just my opinion, but the $100 USD gap between the RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti looks wrong. Or maybe it’s the gap in specs / capability between the two. Should they be this disparate? Isn’t there room for another SKU in between these two? Maybe I’m missing something.


The entry-level solution from ASUS, named after its dual-fan configuration, the DUAL is a compact unit that is still quite a bit larger than the PCB hiding beneath the cooler.

RTX 4060 ASUS DUAL Front View

The most interesting aspect of this design to this editor? That 8-pin PCIe connector. Yes! It’s tough, it’s reliable, it’s on every PSU. You just can’t beat it.

RTX 4060 ASUS DUAL 8-Pin

Some Performance Benchmarks

Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i5-13600K (Stock, Power Limits Enforced)
Motherboard MSI MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI DDR4
BIOS v1.60, Resizable BAR Enabled
Memory 16GB (8GBx2) PNY XLR8 REV DDR4-3600 CL18
Storage Samsung 980 1TB NVMe SSD
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 13 850W
CPU Cooler be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 280mm AiO
Operating System Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
Drivers GeForce GRD 531.79 – 536.20 (RTX 4060 Press Driver)
Adrenalin 23.4.3 – 23.5.2

Here’s a look at four game benchmarks, beginning with Far Cry 6 – this time around with the HD textures turned off (having these on for 8GB and under cards is just asking for trouble).

RTX 4060 ASUS FC6 1080 High Chart

Now, Far Cry 6 isn’t the most NVIDIA-optimized title around, so maybe that’s why the RX 7600 has the lead, right? Let’s look at some more titles:

RTX 4060 ASUS CP2K77 1080 High Chart
RTX 4060 ASUS F1 22 1080 High Chart
RTX 4060 ASUS ME OG 1080 Normal Chart

I’m not sure what to make of these results. Clearly, the Radeon RX 7600 has improved with driver maturity since launch, and of course NVIDIA will continue to showcase performance using DLSS 3.0 with Frame Generation (which we will get to shortly).

For a sanity check, I went back and ran 3DMark Time Spy on all eight cards (three runs each, averaged), and here are the GPU scores:

RTX 4060 ASUS 3DMark TS Chart

The Radeon RX 7600 is just slightly ahead of the GeForce RTX 4060 in Time Spy, but still, I didn’t expect any advantage (let alone the larger disparity in the above game results) considering the pricing. AMD doesn’t have the same features as NVIDIA (remember, AMD’s FSR 3.0 with frame generation is still MIA), but they are winning the sub-$300 raster war this generation. However, we can’t forget that NVIDIA is all about that DLSS and ai-generated frames, so let’s check that out.

RTX 4060 ASUS CP2K77 1440 RT Ultra DLSS Chart
RTX 4060 ASUS F1 22 1440 Ultra DLSS Chart

I’m sure what’s up with the lackluster DLSS + FG results from this RTX 4060, as the RTX 4060 Ti really shines in that area. Perhaps this is a game optimization or driver issue, and we will see more DLSS 3.0 uplift after launch.

Finally, a look at power draw. I decided to keep things simple and just show gen-on-gen performance here:

RTX 4060 ASUS Power Draw Chart

The RTX 4060 has a rated TGP of 115 watts, though it is clearly exceeding that here. Still, we are looking at a solid improvement in efficiency over the RTX 3060 – while offering a sizable performance advantage over this 30 Series counterpart.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a GPU at this price level, the only competition from this generation (forgetting the mountain of previous-gen cards in the pipeline) is AMD Radeon RX 7600, and the Intel Arc stuff I didn’t test as I was running behind schedule. If we are talking rasterization, AMD is winning the sub-$300 area this generation, but the 4060 is an RTX product, and that means ray tracing and DLSS.

Naturally, DLSS with the RTX 40 Series means frame generation, and frame generation means higher perceived FPS on top of the performance gains from DLSS. AMD is apparently trying to thwart NVIDIA’s DLSS advantage by blocking the feature on games in which they are partners (see Starfield drama), but many, many titles do support NVIDIA’s upscaling tech. And, honestly, if you’re buying a 4060 with 8GB of VRAM, you should use DLSS.

RTX 4060 ASUS DUAL Angle

I just can’t help but think that if this product had been called the RTX 4050 Ti – even if it was launching at the same price (though that wouldn’t go over well at all) – there would still be room for a cut-down AD106 product between this and the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB. And that product could have been the RTX 4060. Product names and pricing might be all we talk about when we look back on this generation of NVIDIA GPUs, years from now. 

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Sebastian Peak

Editor-in-Chief at PC Perspective. Writer of computer stuff, vintage PC nerd, and full-time dad. Still in search of the perfect smartphone. In his nonexistent spare time Sebastian's hobbies include hi-fi audio, guitars, and road bikes. Currently investigating time travel.


  1. Bob

    Without DLSS 3 this is a 3060 that uses less power and has less ram. disappointing.

    • Sebastian Peak

      I get the disappointment, but it’s faster than a 3060.

  2. BigTed

    Is frame generation perceivable? Nearly 60fps in Cyberpunk at 1440 Ultra RT is pretty impressive, but does it ‘feel’ like a 30fps game?

    • Sebastian Peak

      It’s a bit weird. It looks smoother, but of course there is no gain in responsiveness as the additional frames happen at the output stage. There is a small latency penalty with frame generation, though I’ve noticed that in titles that support it NVIDIA’s reflex is enabled when frame generation is turned on, to mitigate this.


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