NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB Graphics Card Review Ft. MSI Gaming X Trio & GALAX EX
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio / GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX25/02/2021
GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX Overview
The GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX is one of the many variants in GALAX's RTX 3060 family. The card is positioned close to the Founders Edition model, featuring a dual-fan cooler design within a dual-slot form factor. GALAX's Serious Gaming series will rock a black color design and uses their RGB effects which looks great.
In addition to the custom design, the RTX 3060 EX comes with a non-reference PCB, featuring a 6+2 phase design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself. In terms of clock speeds, the graphics card features the same base frequency of 1320 MHz but the boost clock is rated at 1807 MHz which is 30 MHz higher than the Founders Edition variant but with the Xtreme Tuner application, the speeds can be pushed to 1822 MHz.
Following are some of the features of the GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX graphics card before we go into detail:
GPU Engine Specs:
- CUDA Cores 3584
- Boost Clock (MHz) 1807
- 1-Click OC Clock (MHz) 1822 (by installing Xtreme Tuner Plus Software and using 1-Click OC)
- Memory Speed 15 Gbps
- Standard Memory Config 12GB
- Memory Interface Width 192-bit GDDR6
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 360
- PCI-E 4.0
- Windows 10 64-bit, Linux 64-bit
- Fan stop @ Idle (All Fan)
- DisplayPort 1.4a x 3, HDMI 2.1
- Dimensions(with Bracket): 299*139*50mm
- Dimensions(without Bracket): 285*124*50mm
GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX Graphics Card Gallery:
GALAX GeForce RTX 30 Graphics Cards Make Ampere Serious For Gamers!
The GALAX GeForce RTX 30 EX series of graphics cards rock an aggressive shroud design which is made out of plastic material and covers a large aluminum heatsink that sits beneath it. The RTX 30 EX series has seen a huge uplift in looks and design from the previous generation which featured a standard RGB display & mostly relied on the reference PCB and clock specifications.
GALAX's RTX 30 EX series makes use of a dual-fan "WINGS" cooling design which includes 102mm fans that are embedded on the front shroud. Each fan comes with 11 fan blades with an acrylic design that not only looks great but also said to provide higher airflow & air pressure at minimum noise levels.
The fans are fully compliant with GALAX's new fan-stop technology known as Silent Extreme which monitors both GPU and memory temperatures and turns the fans on/off for a balanced noise and performance level.
Do note that since the card comes with a compact PCB design, the shroud and heatsink extend far beyond the PCB, hence GALAX has left cut-outs in place to direct airflow outwards.
One of the key features that GALAX has stated for its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards is the Xtreme Tuner application which is now available on mobile. This application is the only way by which you are getting that extra 15 MHz clock speed out of the graphics card and don't worry, since the desktop application is still available. The mobile application now allows for various range of utilities such as:
- Don’t need to exit the game to tune your GPU
- User-Friendly interface, 1-click to boost your GPU
- Convenience functions to tune your RGB, OC, Fan, etc