NVIDIA RTX 4060 is only 4% Faster than the RTX 3060 at its Official 115W TBP

The GeForce RTX 4060 had a rough launch. The 8GB memory buffer was a sore spot, as reviewers highlighted the dismal gen-over-gen performance uplift. The shady day 0 embargo for DLSS 3 reviews and lack of native 1080p benchmarks didn’t help the conspiracy theories either. Amidst the chaos, we missed another pressing issue concerning the RTX 4060. The faulty telemetry or the TBP reporting.

The GeForce RTX 4060 has an official TBP rating of 115W, but most reviewers got a reading of over 120W from NVIDIA’s driver. Of course, 5W isn’t much, but in this segment and price range, you’re not getting much else from the RTX 4060. The card is barely 10% faster than the RTX 3060 at 1080p. Running the card at a higher-than-marketed TBP just adds insult to injury.

And so Igor’s Lab did the test. With the 115W power limit, the GeForce RTX 4060 is only 4% faster than its predecessor on average. Compared to the Radeon RX 7600, we’re looking at nearly identical performance despite the $50 price delta.

The RTX 4060 averaged 112W with the power limit set to 115W. At stock settings, the card averaged 120W, 5W higher than its marketed power limit of 115W. The Radeon RX 7600, despite being slower, draws nearly 160W while the RTX 3060 tops out at 168W. These numbers show how power efficient the RTX 4060 really is, but poor pricing and mismarketing have sullied its reputation.


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