Rumours about an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series has been gaining traction of late. The most recent word down the grapevine seems to suggest that the mid-range card, an RTX 4060, could be more ravenous than even an RTX 3070.
The rumour surrounding the RTX 4060 and its increased power draw over its soon-to-be predecessor was first posted by popular leakster kopite7kime (@kopite7kime), although compared to previous tweets, their current one doesn’t look quite as concrete or substantial. Then again, that is the nature of all rumours and half-whispers.
If we were to take a look at some of the facts already available: the GeForce RTX 3070 is a card that pulls 170W off the wall, while the RTX 3080 almost double that at 320W. So, if what is being suggested about the RTX 4060 is true, then it is possible that the card could have a power draw somewhere between the realms of 220W and 260W. While it is possible that that number could be higher, it feels relatively unlikely, considering once again that the card in question is just a mid-range card. As well as the long-standing tradition NVIDIA has with reserving over-the-top power draws for its enthusiast-grade graphics cards.
I don't care about the real release date. I'm just curious about the performance of RTX 4060, which consumes more power than RTX 3070.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) June 5, 2022
As a refresher to the last point, earlier rumours have hinted at the possibility of the alleged Titanesque GPU of the Ada Lovelace architecture, the RTX 4090, may have the capacity to pull more than 600W out of the box, which again, is more than double what even the current king-of-the-hill, the RTX 3090 Ti, can consume.
Of course, all these rumours mean nothing until NVIDIA releases an official statement about their GPUs – something that it will never do, as we all very well know – or at least until one or several of the cards arrives in our lab. On that note, there has been word that NVIDIA will be launching the RTX 4090 first, followed by the RTX 4080, RTX 4070, and now more recently, the RTX 4060.
In terms of the timeline, that’s reportedly been shifted again: instead of the rumoured August starting launch window, NVIDIA is pushing the starting point to October, followed by the RTX 4080 in November, the RTX 4070 in December, and the RTX 4060 during the next CES event. As to why January 2023, we think it’s because NVIDIA launched its Turing-based mid-range card, the RTX 2060, back in CES 2019.