We’ve seen numerous graphic cards hit high TDPs ever since Nvidia launched the Ampere architecture last year. Today, we look at the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX with its 170W TDP and single-fan design.
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX Packaging
The Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX ships in a compact white box with the key features and specifications all listed at the back.
The card itself has a very minimalist design using a semi-gloss finished black plastic shroud. Aside from a small user manual, there is nothing else that is included in the box aside from the GPU itself.
Design and Construction
There is just a single fan used as the cooling solution for the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX. It has 9 fan blades with a diameter of 100mm. The card is effectively small – measuring 170 x 125 x 39mm. It is hardly longer than a PCIe x16 connector, making it a great choice for any ITX build that enthusiasts might be planning.
There is no backplate used for this card and the power requirements require only a single 8-pin connector and yet we are given 3 DisplayPort 1.4a and 1 HDMI 2.1 port.
PC Mark 10
In order to give you an idea of the average FPS you would be getting in 2K resolution, here are some gaming benchmarks of some triple-A games. With games like esports games, the use of high-end graphics card would definitely give you an advantage in frames per second. Starting from the RTX 3060, you wouldn’t be bothered checking the FPS as it would never dip below 100FPS.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Horizon Zero Dawn
Grand Theft Auto V
With the size of the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX measuring at just 170mm long, it’s easy to say the this is the smallest Ampere-based graphics card we’ve reviewed since the launch of the RTX 30-series last September.
This alone shows that Palit gives love to the ITX community and anyone that wants to have a small form-factor build. Despite having a small footprint, the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX is still more than a match for any 170W GA106 GPU. During testing, it maxed at 70C with only a single fan. Also only having a recommendation for 550W PSU.
Finally, if the options that you seek are in the range of the Palit RTX 3060 StormX, it is definitely worth considering how small it is compared to the performance it gives. Though there is a scarcity in stocks, we’re hoping that it would normalize soon enough. The Palit RTX 3060 StormX has an MSRP of ₱37,060