A solid graphics card at a low price!

The MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X is a humble little graphics card, but it does a pretty good job for its small price! Let’s take a look at what it looks like.

Like many brands specializing in gaming hardware, MSI offers a wide range of graphics cards. On the Nvidia side in particular, we had already been able to take a look at the RTX 4070 Ti Suprim X, a powerful beast with a lot of potential. Since then, we have had the opportunity to take a look at its little sister, the RTX 4060 Gaming X.
As a reminder, Nvidia did not release an RTX 4060 Founder Edition.

Test conducted on a (personal) PC equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 7800X 3D, a MSI B650 Carbon motherboard, 2x 16GB DDR5 6000 MHz Corsair (32GB total), an SSD, and a 1000W power supply. The RTX 4060 Gaming X was tested on different games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Forza Motorsport, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Several benchmarks were conducted, including via 3DMark.”

A modest and discreet little one

Upon unpacking, the RTX 4060 is clearly not impressive. It is far from its simply colossal big sisters. The MSI 4060, in this case, measures only 24.7 cm by 13 cm by 4.1 cm thick. A small disk if compared to the monstrous 4070Ti (not to mention the 4080 and 4090). On the scale, the graphics card weighs a little less than 600g. Yes, a lightweight.
Under the guidance of MSI, the RTX 4060 Gaming X is equipped with two 120mm fans, a rather classic design all dressed in black and without any frills. No need to dazzle when you’re a small graphics card in this range.

4060 vs 4070 Ti
The small RTX 4060 Gaming X next to MSI’s RTX 4070 Suprim X

Small and accessible for 1080p

The Nvidia RTX 4060 does not have very wide shoulders, the numbers speak for themselves and are even a bit lower than a pair of RTX 3060. 3072 CUDA cores, a 128-bit memory bus, and 8GB of RAM where the RTX 3060 offered no less than 12GB, for example.

But the manufacturer knows what it’s doing. This 4000 series mainly offers the possibility of enjoying the brand’s new technologies, such as DLSS 3. This will be one of its main selling points and its performance in 1080p should reassure players on tight budgets. Note that MSI’s Gaming X version increases the frequency of the original GPU (to around 1700 MHz) to push it well above the 2500 MHz mark (2600 in extreme mode via the MSI Center). This results in a slight increase in performance.

Currently, the RTX 4060 can be found for “next to nothing” (relatively speaking, of course). The very good GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X from MSI can be around 350€ at the time of writing these lines. It’s a sum, but it is very affordable when talking about PC hardware.

It looks so small in a full tower case.

RTX 4060 gaming performance

At this price, don’t expect to aim for 1440p or 4K on big games. The little one clearly doesn’t have the means for that. However, it will allow you to do so on some well-optimized games by playing with the settings, or on less demanding titles (Fortnite, Minecraft for example). Even the very recent Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 runs perfectly. Around 100 FPS in 1080p (ultra) and always above the sacred 60fps when increasing the resolution.

In Cyberpunk 2077, the MSI RTX 4060 does just fine for its size. Without DLSS and in Ultra, with my setup, I was able to get between 70 and 80 fps in 1080p, and about fifty in 1440p (although the benchmark inflates the numbers, as evidenced by the screenshot below). No 4K possible though.
Once the powerful DLSS 3 is activated, things go much better. Over 90 fps in 1080p, well over 60 in 1440p, and almost 4K at 40 fps, but I don’t recommend it. All this to say that the card has some reserve when games allow it.

Benchmark on Cyberpunk 2077 in 1440p – Without DLSS

On Forza Motorsport, the RTX 4060 Gaming X also does quite well. It easily maintains 60 fps in ultra 1080p (even more if you make some adjustments in the options) and you can even achieve it in 1440p by playing around with the options and even enjoying a little bit of Ray Tracing. However, 4K is not for her.

Good performance in 1080p, but be careful…

It’s clear, you shouldn’t expect to play in 4K with the RTX 4060. For just over €300, the small one will offer good performance in 1080p on most recent games, and you can reach a bit of 1440p by playing with the settings and enjoying DLSS and the powerful technologies from Nvidia. But be well aware of what you’re buying. In terms of overall performance, it is much better than what the 1060 or 2060, which are still very common in current players’ setups. The RTX 4060 Gaming X also outperforms a 3060 and 3060Ti. However, it starts to struggle against the 3070, 3080, and other 3090, but these are still relatively expensive and do not allow you to fully enjoy the range of tools from the green brand. Consider yourself warned.

On 3D Mark, the RTX 4060 performs quite well and proves that it has serious assets. Tested on Time Spy Extreme, Port Royale (Ray Tracing demo), it shows that it definitely holds up well for 1080p with a rather good score on Time Spy. However, the festive atmosphere is clearly less exhilarating in Ray Tracing mode (and in 4K).

TEST 4060
3D Marks by Gameblog

A silent and low-consumption graphics card

In addition to the aforementioned advantages, the RTX 4060 consumes “almost nothing”. It will draw about 115W on its own, which is well below the 3000 series and miles away from its big sisters of the 4000 series. Furthermore, even when running at full capacity, the card doesn’t heat up at all. We owe this to MSI, which offers a well-ventilated design with its Twin Frozr 9 system that efficiently dissipates heat. Radiator ventilation, nickel-plated copper plate, heat pipes placed to allow heat to escape, Torx 5.0 fans with curved and grouped blades to maintain proper airflow… Once again, MSI pulls out all the stops and it works like a charm.

Finally, as usual, the brand offers a home service with its MSI Center, which allows you to push your graphics card a little further in terms of performance and keep an eye on its vital functions. The software is always accessible, although a bit messy, but it’s more than enough.

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