GeForce RTX 3060 on a GPU mobile test at 3DMark

GeForce RTX 3060 on a GPU mobile test at 3DMark

At the peak of the video card deficit, some Chinese OEM manufacturers have come up with the idea of using graphic chips from mobile accelerators to produce desktop video cards. One of these models was reviewed by the Chinese technologist BullsLab Jay.

Despite the name GeForce RTX 3060M, this accelerator is designed for use in desktopes, but it is built on the mobile GPU NVIDIA GN20-E3. Instead of the usual 12 Gbytes, the map has only 6 Gbytes of memory on board. This is not all of its features. The GPU hybrid GeForce RT 3060M contains 3,584 CUDA cores instead of 3,840 in the same-named desktop model. Equally curious is the energy intensity of the unusual accelerator.

For the normal mobile version of GeForce RTX 3060, the TDP can reach 115 W, while the desktop GeForce RTX 3060 consumes a maximum of 170 W. In turn, the maximum energy consumption of the hybrid "Chinese" version is 80 W. However, according to the observer, the video map shows a higher output than the 105-W version of the mobile GeForce RTX 3060.

The GPU hybrid version and the GeForce RTX 3060 mobile chip have the same GN20-E3 label.

The hybrid video card was tested in several scenarios of a synthetic 3-DMark test. The results can be seen below. The unusual map is only slightly behind the full desktop version of RTX 3060. This is explained by the fact that GeForce RTX 3060M can rely on a substantially more productive cooling system in the desktop. The GPU hybrid map frequency in different use scenarios may be 100-300 MHz higher than the mobile chip locked in the laptop shell.

The GeForce RTX 3060M hybrid is not a full-fledged video game map. Such cards are often sold by poorly known companies and are designed for engineers. For them, it may be of interest that there is no LHR limiter. However, its availability is not a problem now, as the engineers have already found a way to completely circumvent the protection. It is not surprising that the hybrid accelerator has received only one HDMI split.

Another problem is that there are no official graphic drivers for such accelerators; they only work on the old version of GeForce Game Ready 512.15. It is possible that these video cards are produced without the knowledge of NVIDIA. At the same time, there are so many at various Chinese trading sites of these accelerators now that the NVIDIA seems to be paying no attention at all.