ASUS equips NVIDIA’s 115W GeForce RTX 4060 GPU with a 3-slot ROG STRIX cooler that’s the same size as the RTX 4090 ROG STRIX

ASUS recently unveiled its GeForce RTX 4060 8GB custom graphics cards, including the 3-slot ROG STRIX variant.

ASUS packs a massive RTX 4090 cooler on top of a 115W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 ROG STRIX graphics card

If over-spec were an image, then the ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 ROG STRIX graphics card would fit as a perfect example. The graphics card is what you might expect, a flagship variant with the best cooling solution ASUS has to offer, but is it really necessary to go that far?

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The ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 ROG STRIX graphics card features the same AD107-400 GPU with 3072 cores as the reference variant. This is the same card that will be available in tiny and compact ITX variants. However, ASUS would like to warn gamers that they are making a gigantic version of the card that has a similar cooling solution to the top-of-the-line RTX 4090 graphics cards.

ASUS ROG STRIX cooler for GeForce RTX 4060 features a 3-slot design and features a massive dual heatsink assembly connected by multiple heat pipes under the hood. The card also features a triple-fan layout and is powered by a single 8-pin connector. It is available in both OC and non-overclock variants, but the standard variant retains the 115W TDP. Now the internal heatsink has definitely been reduced to bring down the cost as using the same 4090 heatsink would mean this card would cost a lot more than its MSRP.

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But despite all the cost cuts, the ASUS ROG STRIX remains a premium model and should cost around $100 more than the $299 reference price. For that price, you’re better off with the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB graphics cards, which start at $399. Also, the card is expected to run very cool and quiet, so you don’t get any significant benefit from the three-slot, three-fan cooler design used by this variant over a reference design. ASUS highlights the following features for the card:

NVIDIA Ada Lovelace streaming multiprocessors: Up to 2x the performance and energy efficiency. 4th Generation Tensor Cores: Up to 4x the performance with DLSS 3 compared to brute force rendering. 3rd Gen RT Cores: Up to 2x ray tracing performance. The Axial-Tech fan design features a smaller fan hub to increase airflow through the cooling array. 3.1 Slot Design: Massive fin array optimized for airflow of the three Axial-Tech fans. The vented backplate works in tandem with upgraded Axial-Tech fans to maximize heat dissipation. Digital power control with high-current power stages and 15K capacitors for maximum performance. Auto-Extreme precision automation for higher reliability. GPU Tweak III software offers intuitive performance tuning, thermal controls, and system monitoring

A dual slot and dual fan variant should do the job just as well. Now obviously there will be a market for these cards and ASUS knows they do, but I wish we had seen more unique and compact designs of this generation as NVIDIA’s Ada GPUs run really efficiently and cool.