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.
Focusing in the actual card that we have: the COLORFUL iGame RTX 3060 Advanced OC uses the new RTX 30 series design of their Advanced cooler. A more streamline cooler than the Sworizer on the Vulcan X, the iGame Advanced is a more traditional looking card and thus, its dimensions make it friendly to most use cases. As a triple-fan card, its still a lengthy design for a mainstream card but given the power that graphics cards today are pushing, its certainly a leap from the slimmer designs we’ve seen for mainstream class graphics cards. Still, COLORFUL dresses up their iGame cards with more high quality components and the iGame RTX 3060 Advanced OC is looking like its sharing the same cooler used on the 3060 Ti and 3070 but the aluminum fins stack underneath is different as it features a slimmer cooler and less complex baseplate as well as less heatpipes. This is actually a very heavy cooler for its class and couple that with the improved quality of the silver shroud that COLORFUL uses fully rounds out every the entire cooler.
As an OC card, it does feature increased clocks speeds but instead of an out-of-box increase, users have the option of toggling between OC mode and stock mode. I don’t why anyone who paid for the OC version would want that toggle but regardless, the OC itself is minimal and given how GPU Boost behaves, the printed clocks speeds are generally forgettable as most graphics card will run past their rated clocks speeds as well as boost clocks.
By this point in time, a month later after launch, parts shortage and price increases have not improved and unfortunately here in the Philippines, RTX 3060 prices are now around $1200. The reason for which are mixed but ultimately, it is what it is and one can only hope that prices improve over time. As a professional, it is still my duty to deliver the fairest insights on how this product performs but as a PC enthusiast, its very challenging to share something so out of reach for the majority of my peers. Emotions aside, the RTX 3060 is a far departure from the GTX 1060 and a decent upgrade from a GTX 1660 or even an RTX 2060. If you can get your hands on a decently priced RTX 3060 (by decent I mean by a small markup which is wishful in March 2021), by all means get it.
In conclusion, just like many of the cards we’ve looked at, the COLORFUL iGame RTX 3060 Advanced OC performs as expected and COLORFUL has done a great job with the cooler design. Retaining the Advanced look but simplifying it for this range, it packs a decent punch in both cooling and performance and is an easy card to recommend.
COLORFUL backs the iGame RTX 3060 Advanced OC with a 3-year warranty.
Excellent performance upgrade for the GTX/RTXxx60 class NVIDIA GPUs
Good thermal performance
More traditional card foot dimensions
Good build quality
Idle fan stop
Hash rate limiter
Hash rate limiter may be broken soon
Factory OC should’ve been out of box with OC button giving it more boost