Nvidia RTX 3060 Holiday Deals: Where to Find Them

Finding GeForce RTX 3060 deals, including GeForce RTX 3060 Ti deals, means locating one of these ephemeral GPUs for the lowest possible price — not a price matching or beating Nvidia’s official MSRPs, which isn’t going to happen. The perfect storm of supply failing to meet demand has resulted in worldwide shortages of the best graphics cards, or really anything from the past two generations in our comprehensive GPU benchmarks hierarchy. We’ve combed the interwebs looking for the best ways to get one of these GPUs, though, and there are still ways to save money.

Be sure to check our GeForce RTX 3080 deals and GeForce RTX 3070 deals as well. The latter is particularly useful as sometimes the cost difference between a 3060 and 3070 system may be relatively small.

Three Kinds of RTX 3060

Nvidia’s RTX 3060 series consists of three potential GPUs. The RTX 3060 Ti 8GB came first, followed by the RTX 3060 12GB and the mobile RTX 3060 6GB for laptops. It’s an interesting balance between features, performance, and price. Note that the RTX 3060 was also the first GPU to feature Nvidia’s LHR (lite hash rate) technology, which it inadvertently “cracked” by releasing an unlocked driver. It has since been fixed with updated VBIOS revisions, while the original RTX 3060 Ti had no limiter but the newer models feature LHR tech.

The RTX 3060 Ti technically delivers the best overall performance, but in many ways the RTX 3060 ends up being more desirable. We’ve seen in multiple recent gaming benchmarks, the latest being Battlefield 2042, how having more than 8GB of VRAM can provide a smoother overall gaming experience. That puts the mobile RTX 3060 variant at a serious disadvantage, since it only comes with 6GB, but then you probably won’t be attempting to run demanding games at 4K with maxed out settings on an RTX 3060 laptop.

Before we get into how to find RTX 3060 deals, let’s set the stage. Our GPU price index tracks recently sold GPUs on eBay. The RTX 3060 Ti has a theoretical starting price of $399 and the RTX 3060 supposedly starts at $329, but in practice most cards sell for more than double that price. On eBay, the average price on the RTX 3060 Ti was $907 during the month of October, and the RTX 3060 averaged $698 — and average prices right now tend to be even higher, what with the holiday shopping spree kicking into high gear.

That’s not a perfect look at the market, but it does give a reasonable indication of what some people are willing to pay. Retail outlets like Amazon and Newegg tend to follow the eBay trends, more or less using the adage of “if you can’t beat them, join them” — “them” being the scalpers in this case. If you can find a GeForce RTX 3060 or GeForce RTX 3060 Ti for substantially less than the average eBay price, we consider that an “RTX 3060 deal,” even if it’s still far more expensive than the official MSRPs.

How Much Does a Standalone GeForce RTX 3060 Cost?

Galax GeForce RTX 3060 EX

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We’ve searched the usual suspects for standalone GeForce RTX 3060 cards. Most vendors charging “reasonable” prices are continually sold out. That means the easiest place to find an RTX 3060 is on eBay, though as usual you’ll want to exercise caution — avoid buying from new accounts, and if the price looks too good to be true (basically, anything under $500), it probably is.