PNY GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 Gaming REVEL EPIC-X RGB Single Fan Edition Video Card Review

Ray Tracing Performance

Now we will examine Ray Tracing capabilities at both 1080p and 1440p.  The settings otherwise are the same as in the previous graphs.  Ray Tracing was set to give the best playable experience in each game. DLSS and FSR are utilized in games that support them.

F1 2022

PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-F1 Ray Traced
PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-F1 Ray Traced

In F1 2022 we use a custom setting with all 4 Ray Tracing choices enabled. The game was playable, but barely at 1080p without upscaling.  F1 2022 is simply unplayable for both cards at 1440p without upscaling. In 1080p DLSS added 30% while FSR gave a 50% increase to the 6600XT.

 F1 the 6600XT performed the best at 1440p.  Overclocking the PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 did not offer much of a gain.

Dying Light 2

PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-Dying Light 2 Ray Traced
PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-Dying Light 2 Ray Traced

This is a very demanding game with Ray Tracing enabled even at the lowest setting.   Our PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8  was not playable at either resolution without upscaling.  The 6600XT had a miserable time even with FSR. At 1080p the PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 gained 35% when DLSS was enabled giving a very smooth and detailed experience. The game was choppy at best in 1440p, but 40% better than the XFX 6600XT.  Overclocking was not much help here. Regardless of statistics, neither video card could muster decent gameplay at 1440p.

Far Cry 6

PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-FarCry6 Ray Traced
PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-FarCry6 Ray Traced

Far Cry 6 uses DXR to enhance reflections in the game.  It also only offers FSR 1.0 upscaling.

The PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 showed very capable results at both 1080p and 1440p.  The XFX 6600XT trailed by only a few FPS.  Overclocking gained about 4% in these run-throughs.  FSR was able to gain roughly 20% frame rate increases from both video cards in these tests.

Cyberpunk 2077

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PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-Cyberpunk Ray Traced

The latest version of Cyberpunk allows multiple levels of Ray Tracing.  We used the Low setting for these run-throughs.

Neither video card could get out of the 40s at 1080p or the 20s at 1440p without help.  It shows how demanding the game can be.  With DLSS the PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 was playable at 1080p but failed at 1440p.

The 6600XT did well at 1080p with FSR support, besting the PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 by 20 FPS. It also came close at 1440p with FSR.

Watch Dogs Legion

PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-Watch Dogs Legion Ray Traced
PNY GeForceRTX 3060 XLR8 Gaming REVEL-Watch Dogs Legion Ray Traced

In Watch Dogs Legion we used the Low Ray Tracing setting.  There is no FSR support in this game.  There also appears to be a problem with Radeon-based video cards as they consistently show horribly low results when Ray Tracing is enabled.

This is also a demanding game.  The PNY RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 was minimally playable only at 1080p and only with DLSS enabled. The frame rate just crept above 50.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Performance
8
Efficiency
9
Cooling
10
Value
9

SUMMARY

The PNY GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 Gaming REVEL EPIC-X RGB Single Fan Edition Video Card performs very well for its size, and size is the primary benefit of this video card. You can put it into small cases and builds, and enjoy a good gameplay experience, so the value of this card is rated high. We knock it down a couple of notches on performance overall, because it is outperformed by the competition, in a larger footprint. The efficiency and cooling on this video card are top-notch, and this small video card, keeps itself well cooled for gaming.

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The PNY GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 Gaming REVEL EPIC-X RGB Single Fan Edition Video Card performs very well for its size, and size is the primary benefit of this video card. You can put it into small cases and builds, and enjoy a good gameplay experience, so the value of this card is rated high. We knock it down a couple of notches on performance overall, because it is outperformed by the competition, in a larger footprint. The efficiency and cooling on this video card are top-notch, and this small video card, keeps itself well cooled for gaming.PNY GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 Gaming REVEL EPIC-X RGB Single Fan Edition Video Card Review