PNY GeForce RTX 4060 XLR8 Gaming VERTO Review

Manufacturer: PNY PNY GeForce RTX 4060 XLR8 Gaming VERTO Review

A compact triple-fan design with a performance edge

My first NVIDIA card was a PNY VERTO, a PCI version of the GeForce4 MX440 purchased from my local Circuit City twenty years ago for a little Dell system that lacked an AGP slot. PNY was the brand that had affordable versions of NVIDIA GPUs at big box stores like Best Buy and Circuit City, and my eye was drawn to the borg-like face on the VERTO boxes (and the distinctive purple PCBs within).

These days PNY offers consumer graphics cards under their XLR8 Gaming umbrella, and we received one in advance of the RTX 4060 launch – and while I wanted to feature it with our launch coverage, we were forced to wait an extra day because NVIDIA had a separate embargo for cards at $299 (June 28) and cards above $299 (June 29). This card is the second model up in PNY’s RTX 4060 product stack, and it features a triple-fan cooler with RGB lighting effects.

Maybe it was the MX420 - but I thought it was an MX440

Could I have been mistaken, and convinced myself that I had the MX440 when in fact it was only an MX420? They later offered an MX440-SE on the PCI bus, but I don’t see any mention of the PCI VERTO GeForce4 MX440 on archived pages. I sold the card nearly 20 years ago so I can’t be sure anymore. But this isn’t important. It’s just supposed to be a caption under a photo I found after a google image search.

If you are curious about the RTX 4060, which is the first NVIDIA product to sport their tiny AD107 GPU, here’s a look at the same specifications table I made for yesterday’s RTX 4060 review:

  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

The PNY GeForce RTX 4060 8GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan DLSS 3 card

Yes, the full name of this product is actually the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 8GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan DLSS 3, and while it does have a triple-fan cooler it is not as big you think it is from the photos. I’ll use a Coke can for scale:

PNY RTX 4060 XLR8 Gaming VERTO Coke

The card measures 10.24 x 4.41 x 1.57 inches, and is a dual-slot design. It has a backplate, RGB lighting along the top, and features the robust 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Performance Testing

Let’s take a look at some benchmark results from this PNY card, and compare them to the stock ASUS card from yesterday. And please, try to contain your excitement.

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
RTX 4060 PNY VERTO 3DMark TS Chart
RTX 4060 PNY VERTO FC6 1080 High Chart
RTX 4060 PNY VERTO CP2K77 1080 High Chart
RTX 4060 PNY VERTO F1 22 1080 High Chart
RTX 4060 PNY VERTO ME OG 1080 Normal Chart

There you have it – a slight but measurable performance edge over the entry-level ASUS DUAL card we tested yesterday. Pricing will be the key here, as a couple of FPS are probably not worth much of a premium to most buyers, but the card does have a nice cooler (with backplate) – and you have the option of running PNY’s Velocity X software to control overclocking and RGB lighting effects.

Next, we will look at power draw:

RTX 4060 PNY VERTO Power Draw Chart

Impressively, the slightly higher performance in our testing came with slightly lower power draw than the ASUS DUAL card! The squiggly lines above indicate only modest reductions here and there, but it’s still interesting.

I have not conducted extensive thermal testing with the PNY card as yet, but I did find it interesting that the card’s fans spun constantly at 30% (around 1200 RPM), and did not go into any zero-RPM mode at idle. I enjoyed the sub-30 C idle temps, and max load temps were very, very low after my little benchmark runs (~55 C core, ~67 C hot spot in a ~22 C room). The PNY card was inaudible over the system’s liquid CPU cooler.

Final Thoughts

The GeForce RTX 4060 is NVIDIA’s first AD107 GPU, and NVIDIA just keeps making influential people happy with their branding and attractive pricing this generation! Oh, wait. Sorry, I had that backwards. Anyway, speaking of price, is it as pesky a topic for this launch as it was for the RTX 4060 Ti? The RTX 4060’s $299 starting price places it below the $329 RTX 3060, and the RTX 4060 is a faster card with more features – though it has less VRAM. Vote with your wallet. I’m not going to tell you if it’s a good value or not.

As to this PNY GeForce RTX 4060 8GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan DLSS 3 card, I like it. It looks like a miniature version of the giant cards I’ve grown accustomed to, and it’s very cool and quiet running.

PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 4060 Exploded View

A small PCB, with a cooler nearly twice its size

I did not have final pricing for this particular model from PNY before publication, but it will likely be in the area of $339 USD. Partner models with factory overclocks and overbuilt cooling solutions generally command a bit of a premium over MSRP, of course. Cards will already be listed for sale by the time you read this, and time will tell if the current pricing will be successful.

So there you have it. Another RTX 4060, and this time with slightly lower power draw and slightly higher performance than the ASUS model we looked at previously. Curious. As to this PNY card, it’s a nice piece of hardware that occupies far less space than any mainstream graphics card I’ve tested this generation. It runs cool and quiet, it has that robust 8-pin connector (hopefully all RTX 4060s will), and the RGB implementation is not over the top. If you are shopping for an RTX 4060, check this one out.

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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. ray mcsriff

    I have a 3060Ti and a 1440p monitor. I buy nvidia cards exclusively now, since AMD’s software/drivers crash more than nvidia’s (yes, they still do after all these years), especially for older titles (like DX 11 games). However, I see no reason to upgrade to another nvidia card until I have a clear path to one with 16GB of VRAM, and a 256bit mem interface for under $1000 (ideally at the $700-800 price point). I’ll wait as long as that takes. I hope Intel stays in the game though, and sticks with the frequency of their software/driver updates. I have more hope for them on that side of things than I do AMD, if for no other reason than they don’t have a long record of subpar software development.

  2. BigTed

    So Sebastian, you’re getting to the age where you’re forgetting hardware you’ve owned. Welcome to the club. I find myself looking at ancient anandtech articles with broken images in a desperate attempt to jog my memory.


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