Asus rides a new wave of compact RTX 3060 cards with this bulky GPU


Unlike most RTX 3000 series GPUs, Nvidia’s RTX 3060 graphics cards can be relatively compact. The EVGA RTX 3060 XC with dual fan we tested just measured 201.8 mm long, making it easy to fit into most gaming cases, for example. But if you want something even smaller, Asus has become the latest to announce a single-fan RTX 3060 GPU from the Phoenix brand, known for making compact desktop GPUs.

Asus’s single-fan GPU is actually the longest single-fan GPU announced to date, measuring 177mm in length (and 2.55 slots wide), while companies like Gainward (170 mm), Palit (170 mm), and MSI (172mm) have all created more compact single-fan RTX 3060 GPUs that are even slightly shorter and only take up two slots each. Still, the Asus is significantly shorter than the already short dual-fan EVGA 3060 card we tested.

Like other RTX 3060 cards, the RTX 3060 Phoenix includes the same 3,584 CUDA cores, 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and four display outputs: one HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs. The card requires a single 8-pin PCIe power connection, a minimum power supply of 650W and has no RGB lighting.

Asus has not yet announced a price or release date for the RTX 3060 Phoenix. But you can anticipate that when the cards become available they will likely be hard to find and buy – and the street prices these cards go for are higher than the actual MSRP.