This was supposed to be a launch review and as a keen as I was into releasing this review on launch day, I decided against it study the card further as it sets out to be the new mainstream choice. Performance-wise, it is a sizable jump from the RTX 2060 and GTX 1060 that it displaces and offers RTX 2070 Super levels of performance with a larger video memory. While this memory pool doesn’t really offer more for gamers especially those that prefer esports titles but regardless, it is a growth many have wanted to see and with RTX 30 series’ VRAM capacity have disappointed many. The RTX 3060 somewhat corrects that.
The RTX 3060 launch was partner launch which mean there was no Founders Edition in sight which means that reference cards were the only non-OC cards that would fit the $329. That said, all our review units are OC models including the one we have right now. We’ll discuss pricing in the closing segment of this review. Focusing more on its market position, its aimed at the more mainstream segment, competing with Radeon RX 5700 XT, RTX 2070 and the RTX 2070 Super. It does offer competitive numbers against these cards and better operating temperatures and efficiency are very impressive as well.
The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3060 OC is a good performing card and it certainly doesn’t disappoint on the looks market. In terms of pure aesthetics, the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3060 is a draw and its easily one of the main reason why this card is so in demand. Now looks is completely subjective and I am quite indifferent to the design but I have to admit it is more intricate than anything before it, easily beating any ROG Strix before it. It truly does inherit the more ROG Matrix pedigree this generation and I can respect the reason why people clamor about this card.
Performance-wise, it is the highest-clocked RTX 3060 and that means something in games that can utilize it. Cooling is also very, very impressive especially for gaming workloads. In normal circumstances, this card would probably be one of the most expensive card on retail and given what it offers, it has the right to do so but one has to wonder what kind of circumstances the market would be in if the availability of these cards were quite plenty.
Given our case, if and should the chance present itself upon you to purchase this card at a decent mark-up, its earned itself that spot. ASUS manages to evade their ROG tax conundrum this in 2021 and becomes the unicorn that EVGA’s global warranty can’t even contend with especially for those that want the ROG aesthetic.
The ROG Strix RTX 3060 OC is an example of ASUS’ design prowess at work: an attractive card with extremely good performance with a cooler designed to scale easily from their high-end to mainstream while retaining the same look, giving users that boost in confidence they can flaunt their PC online and their card look just as mean as an RTX 3080. Its desirability only amplified by its rarity.
ROG backs the ROG Strix RTX 3060 OC with a 3-year warranty.
- Excellent cooler performance
- Great overall performance
- Good factory OC and boost
- Single 8-pin power
- Fan profile selection
- Availability issues
- Extortionate resale market