New images for the Nvidia RTX 4060 Founders Edition graphics card may have leaked online, which if real, could be good news for gamers.
Two sets of images were part of the leaks released by Twitter user Elysian Realm and reported by KitGuru (opens in new tab). One was for a possible RTX 4070Ti Founders Edition, and the other for a possible RTX 4060 Founders Edition. The former doesn’t seem to hold much water (opens in new tab) because only the circuit board is really visible and covered with thermal paste, obscuring the model name.
however, the RTX 4060 graphics (opens in new tab) can be dirty, as the body is much more visible and easier to analyze. From what we can see the build looks tackier, including the white border liner over the card and the black border at the top where the connector sits. We can also see the fan building very similar (opens in new tab) to the RTX 4090, 40803090 and 3080 graphics cards, based on the opposite fan design.
Could this be a really cheap graphics card option?
Given that this possible RTX 4060 is primarily a plastic build, the leaked image lends much more credence. After all, who actually leaks such a base map instead of a beautiful metal work of art? And that it’s made of plastic makes perfect sense, as it would keep costs down (compare simply casting a mold versus machine cutting metal), making it a viable budget card.
If these leaked images are real, this could be excellent news for consumers. It’s no secret that the crypto craze saw RTX 3000 series graphics cards get their hands on almost impossible for most buyers. And the current RTX 4000 series offerings are high-quality cards that come with a hefty price tag that most gamers wouldn’t even take advantage of, as only a small percentage of them actually play in 4K resolution.
But if Nvidia actually dropped a Founders Edition for a significantly lower price than its other offerings (think around the $350 price range) and supported 1080p HD gaming, you’d have a card most gamers could buy and use with their current setup. That’s mainly because many have 2000, 1600, or even 1000 series cards that they’ve wanted to upgrade for years.
This could also mean that Nvidia AMD would immediately take the wind out of its sails. If Team Green releases this as a more expensive budget card before Team Red can drop its own 7700 and 7600 series cards, then the latter would have a much smaller market when it releases its cheaper RDNA 3 cards.