Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming OC: Hit or putty?

The time has come when the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming OC card comes to the editorial office, i.e. from the series “most often bought / most often loaded into ready-made PC sets”. The successor to the RTX 3060. A novelty that should satisfy players playing in Full HD. Is it so?

I will try to answer this question myself, because after a few weeks spent together in a resolution of 1920 × 1080, I made up my mind and I do not know if it is positive or on the contrary … Anyway – see for yourself!

Test Platform:

  • processor: Intel Core i9-13900K 3.0 GHz (5.8 GHz in turbo mode),
  • CPU Cooler: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 2 360mm,
  • pamięć RAM: Kingston FURY 32GB (2x16GB) 6400MHz CL32 Renegade RGB,
  • motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS MASTER DDR5,
  • PSU: ASUS ROG Thor 1200W 80 Plus Platinum with built-in wattmeter,
  • SSDs: Samsung 980 Pro 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe, Kingston 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 NVMe KC3000,
  • operating system: Windows 11.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX4060 Gaming OC Specifications:

  • PCIe 4.0 x16 slot (x8 mode)
  • 8GB DDR6 memory
  • 128-bit memory bus,
  • core clock 2550 MHz,
  • 3072 CUDA cores,
  • active cooling, three fans,
  • 2x HDMI 2.1a,
  • 2x DisplayPort 1.4a,
  • four supported monitors,
  • support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and OpenGL 4.6 libraries,
  • 8 pin power connector,
  • recommended power supply: 450 W,
  • dimensions: 272 x 115 x 40 mm (length x width x height),
  • format PCB ATX,
  • number of occupied slots: 2.

Build quality/first impressions

There were no miracles here. I think that everyone can expect this in a card that is primarily intended to serve, and appearance is a secondary issue in its case. I’m not saying it’s bad. Some, for example, will like the limited number of LEDs (the only RGB light point is the side inscription on the card).

The workmanship itself is a total miniaturization of the 4070 – simple shape, good fit and metal PCB of the card. Nothing more nothing less.

However, I am glad that the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming OC does not use the 12VHPWR connector!!! That would be overkill! We will connect the GPU to the power supply directly with a 1x 8 pin plug and hallelujah that it is.

Work culture/loudness

I will say it with undisguised pleasure – it’s quiet! Gigabyte really made an effort when it comes to matching the components, because the whole thing is practically inaudible during intensive work.

It is worth saying at the outset that we are dealing here with a “semi-passive” design, which means that the fans start working only when the card is loaded, i.e. somewhere around 30 degrees Celsius – during everyday work in the web browser we will not hear anything!

As for accurate volume measurements… unfortunately I can’t help this time, my decibel meter said it was going to fail during testing and consistently showed 80/90dB, even with total silence in the room – such a fickle piece of equipment.

However, I can add that the fans start their work from 1100 revolutions per minute, where the highest speed they reach is 3500 revolutions.

Colors / patterns, i.e. RGB

As I mentioned earlier, we will also find RGB here, but in a very limited version. Of course, it is fully configurable and we can use the manufacturer’s program to get what we expect, but without unnecessary fireworks.

Regarding the Gigabyte software – if we have more components from the above-mentioned manufacturer, we can control the whole thing, from software update, BIOS, etc. to the curve of the fans (not only on the card), and ending with the OC of the PC.

It works, it doesn’t crash – it’s ok 🙂

Current! An important issue in 2023

How to convince your parents or other half to buy a new graphics card? One of the ideas may be the awareness of the power consumed by our unit – the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming OC maxed out for me during the tests 110-115 W. Let’s quickly calculate how much it costs more or less to operate it.

For this calculation, I used the “power consumption calculator”, using the value of 115 W.

Our card will consume 0.12 kWh per hour.

 We have two variants:

  1. Calculated for the average total cost of 1 kWh in Poland in 2023 for the G11 tariff group (gross rates – 23% VAT) for electricity consumption below the limit. Here it is PLN 0.09.
  2. Calculated for the average total cost of 1 kWh in Poland in 2023 for the G11 tariff group (gross rates – 23% VAT) for electricity consumption above the limit. Here it is PLN 0.15.

Is it a lot or a little? I leave the rest of the calculations to you.

Thermal imaging

Let it be pure pleasure, because the card actually does not emit an incredibly high temperature – I have the impression from the pictures that it is the GPU that cools the whole thing down 🙂

Good job Gigabyte.

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