Ok let’s get this out of the way immediately: At PHP26120 (MSRP), the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 4060 OC is more expensive than most of the RTX 4060 Ti in the market and as expected, the RTX 4060 Ti is the better performer of the two as shown in our initial review of the RTX 4060. So why would someone want to buy this? The immedaite dismissive answer would be for the brand prestige. This is an ROG GPU after all. But that’s ignoring the fact that ASUS cherry picks ROG silicon as well as offers the best performance amongst their product stack, only surpassed by a true ROG product which will sit on their flagship throne.
Fact remains though that its certainly a tall asking price and for a lot of folks that’s enough to discredit this card as a cash grab. Given the amount of people I know who run an ROG STRIX RTX 3050 OC, it’s certainly not surprising there’d still be users who would want the ROG STRIX RTX 4060. That’s just pure brand equity. Some would say trust.
Our day-1 review of the RTX 4060 showed us some very polarizing findings but one thing stood out and that’s performance. The RTX 4060 pretty much sits very closely with the RTX 3060 in most benchmarks and the community is in an uproar about this since the RTX 4060 Ti. NVIDIA has always had a generational uplift every generation especially in its largest segment which is the XX60 class. That said, many have blatantly overlooked 3 important things when judging this card:
- The RTX 4060 easily competes for the most power efficient graphics card on the market right now, close to the RTX 4090 barring price
- The RTX 4060 sits on the exact same price point as the RTX 3060 on the current market right now in certain region
- Not all users upgrade every generation so upgraders coming off older generation cards will see better value in the latest cards.
Regardless, in this review we’ll focus on the performance of this card and see how it performs especially thermally against other cards.
The ROG Strix RTX series graphics card has had a string of success ever since they decided to ditch the classic design of their coolers with the RTX 30-series. The RTX 30-series ROG STRIX family consisted of a flashy cooler which features ASUS’ modern cooling solution. But let’s be honest, it was all about the shroud and the touch of color made it different than the rest of the market.
With the RTX 40-series, ROG brought back the red in their ROG Strix cards but also had a dash of blue. This nice little gradiated coloring on their logo meant that the card has a bit of personality and not just some utlitiarian black fan shroud. The RTX 40-series ROG Strix cooler does ditch the RGB light bar on the side for a more decorative illuminated trim on the edge.
No RGB on the fans or a bar on the side. All you get is this light bar at the edge. For the ROG Strix RTX 4060, this shroud hides a slimmed down heatsink stack versus its larger brothers.
Whille cutdown, its not a big reduction from the higher end cards. The coolers used on the ROG STRIX RTX 4080 or RTX 4090 is still using the same shroud so ASUS has to really pack the denser heatsink on the same dimension. This means that the faster cards are also heavier. We’ve seen ASUS do the same in the RTX 30-series where the RTX 3090 to the RTX 3080 had their own dense coolers vs. the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060 and lower. All while keeping the heatsink underneath the same triple fan shroud.
But this does put into question this practice. Is it really wise for ASUS to use the dimensions of their larger coolers for cards in the same tier as the RTX 4060. Taking into consideration the cost of manufacturing the heatsinks versus manufacturing the shroud, ASUS would save more if they cut down on the heatsink versus the shroud so if the final design will ultimately land on a larger heatsink, keeping the shroud would save more on manufacturing cost as ASUS will only need one mold for all their shrouds. Unfortuantely, the savings isn’t passed down to the user. What you pay for is the prestige, the glamor, and ultimately the luck of the draw of getting a higher performing chip.
Should you need it, the ROG STRIX RTX 4060 OC has a higher potential with its overclocking headroom thanks to its overcompensating cooler. If you’re not overclocking, you still get the large, overcompensating cooler. And that’s not a bad thing. You paid for it and it will work for you.
We’ll continue our discussion on the ROG STRIX RTX 4060 OC at the end of this review. Read on to find out more about the performance of this card.