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.
*deep breath* Where to begin? Ok, let’s get started with looks: this is the most atrocious touch of white on a graphics card I have seen in my life. While the Trinity White Edition had a nice break-up of the shroud, the Twin Edge OC uses a white treatment of the original Twin Edge OC’s black/gunmetal, the Twin Edge OC done in white looks like a cheap desk fan hiding a GPU inside. I do understand this is a subjective matter and I’m telling it how I see it. Truth be told, the white is clean but with no contrast in the entire build, only shadows give shape to the overall silhouette of this card. Its an easy manufacturing choice, replacing the resin with white pellets and then calling it a day once the injection mold starting cranking the shroud. This is easily my biggest gripe against this card.
Switching over to performance, despite its size its a formidable performer and boosts closely to the ROG Strix RTX 3060 during gaming loads and ZOTAC deserves some props here as they didn’t downgrade their heatsink fins stack to reduce cost. They use pretty much the same cooler on all their RTX 30 Twin Edge cards which means that the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge gets the benefit of a cooler that does well on an RTX 3070. Given the amount of boost it does already, tuning this card manually could bring out some more power but given we’ve never managed to find a >2100Mhz stable RTX 30 GPU, the quest goes on but you’re free to explore.
The Edge of the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge is pretty much its size. With the majority of the RTX 30 series cards on the marking sporting triple fans, the Twin Edge is one of the rare dual fan models and not just a dual fan model, its also a short PCB model. As mentioned, it makes for this with its depth and width at a very wide 141.3mm but many tower cases should be able to accommodate that and users who have told me stories of their ITX builds in chassis like the A1 had managed to fit the ZOTAC Twin Edge cards in such cases. This should make it friendly to compact ITX cases that follow standard mounting like the InWin A1, the Lian Li TU150 or an NZXT H200. You’ll have to check if it can fit under 150mm width just to be sure but the point is, that the ZOTAC Twin Edge cooler, which is the one on our aptly named ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge White Edition, should be able to fit on a majority of cases, giving it extra points for high compatibility. Historically, the ZOTAC cards are also primarily more affordable and once prices normalize, this should be one of those cards that are on the lower end of the price spectrum and that means good things. We can only hope it does so very soon.
All in all, it continues the same good things about its other Twin Edge brothers and continues some of their negative ones. I’ll have to point out that the PCIe power connectors are recessed over the heatsink somewhat which can cause some fitting issues on some cables, very rarely but I had it happen. It can also cause cabling issue as the cables have to go over the shroud which means a few centimeters slack taken up by the shroud. Barring that, it a unique issue that the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge White Edition has is its lack of silhouette. A minimal issue but something a little corrective stickers should break up. Your choice, Zotac.
The ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC White Edition is not just a recolor but also the top OC card for ZOTAC’s RTX 3060 line up and marks its place as the head of the table with its color. ZOTAC does not have a standard black counterpart released as of this moment. Barring color, the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge White Edition delivers an excellent gaming performance coupled with high compatibility giving it a unique spot in this triple-fan landscape.
ZOTAC backs the RTX 3060 Twin Edge White Edition with a standard 2-year warranty and plus 3 more years after registration.
- Good overall performance
- Great build quality
- High compatibility due to size
- Availability issues
- White plastic just looks weird
- Extra wide cooler
- Recessed power connectors