Thanks to an extremely compact Phoenix GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card design, Asus enables the construction of compact desktops and gaming rigs that do not take up much space on your desk. The just announced GPU comes in a single fan design that allows gamers to build small form factor (SFF) gaming rigs that are not much larger than Apple's Mac mini or Intel's NUC desktops.
While the Asus Phoenix GeForce RTX 3060 may be compact, it is still based on the GeForce RTX 3060 design and Nvidia's amp specs. This means that you get 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 3,584 CUDA cores, and an aluminum backplate. The RGB lighting in particular is lacking, but that's understandable since most of the people who build SFF rigs likely aren't adding the kind of see-through glass windows that are becoming standard on larger gaming desktops like the HP Omen 30L.
The card can reach boost frequencies of 1,777 MHz in gaming mode, and the Phoenix RTX 3060 can reach up to 1,807 MHz in OC mode, which is only a modest increase in clock speeds. Still, this is pretty impressive for a card measuring just 17.7 x 12.8 x 5.1 centimeters. Cooling is provided by the metal back plate and a single axial fan that Asus claims to help airflow to extend the life of the card.
"The Asus Phoenix GeForce RTX 3060 derives its name from a high-performance output in a robust package," the company said of its card. “A large single fan uses our Axial-Tech fan design and a double ball bearing fan that lasts twice as long as plain bearing alternatives. To raise the bar, each card is manufactured using our fully automated Auto-Extreme Technology manufacturing process and subjected to a 144-hour gaming stress test. "
A single 8-pin PCIe power connector is required and the device requires a power supply with a minimum of 650 watts.
Despite its compact size, this card does not save anything. The RTX 3060 can handle four displays at the same time, and this GPU has no lack of video output connectors. The Phoenix RTX 3060 has an HDMI 2.1 connection and three DisplayPorts, making it an excellent solution for multi-monitor setups.
Asus has not yet published any information on pricing or availability on the product website. However, given the technical effort into miniaturizing the RTX 3060, we expect this Phoenix card to receive a premium. Nvidia hasn't released a Founders Edition card for the RTX 3060 launch, but the company had previously stated that the card is expected to start at $ 329 and prices will vary depending on the manufacturer, design, and customizations to the card. Also, given the semiconductor shortages plaguing GPU shipments, this card may also be in high demand and in short supply.
Although the Phoenix works well in a compact SFF PC case, gamers who want to integrate this compact GPU into their existing mid-sized tower can also benefit from it. With the space freed up on their desktops, gamers have more space to add other components.