Identifying the best RTX 4060 graphics card is not just an academic task. With the RTX 4060 (and the RX 7600), for the first time in this GPU generation, there’s a mainstream graphics card that a bunch of PC gamers can get excited about. Figuring out which is the best 4060 for 2023, then, is important.
With a baseline MSRP of $299 and packed to the brim with current-gen NVIDIA tech, there’s a lot to be excited about with the RTX 4060. Sure, previous-gen AMD GPUs are tantalizing in this price bracket, but they don’t offer all the efficiency and capabilities of a current-gen ‘Ada Lovelace’ GPU.
Ditto when we compare it to other cheap current-gen options like the Radeon RX 7600. The 7600 simply cannot compete with the 4060’s temps, power efficiency, and “safer bet” technologies like DLSS, even if it does cost a little less.
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For these reasons, the RTX 4060 is a great upgrade option for anyone with a mid-level RTX 20-series or Radeon 5000-series GPU or worse.
There are plenty of great graphics cards to choose from in the RTX 4060 lineup—although there is no RTX 4060 Founders Edition (FE), so we’re limited to third-party AIBs. In this guide, we’ve combed through spec sheets, reviews, and benchmarks to give you a few of the best RTX 4060 GPUs on the market right now.
Our Top Picks for the Best RTX 4060 Graphics Cards
MSI GAMING X
FAST & OC
ASUS ROG STRIX OC
ASUS DUAL OC
ZOTAC GAMING SOLO
GIGABYTE AERO OC
*To read our full overviews on our top RTX 4060 choices, just click the “Read Review »” button. You can also keep scrolling down to find more options based on your specific use case.
1. MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X
Best RTX 4060 Overall
- 2595MHz Clock Speed
- 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 9.7-Inches Long
- Dual Fan
When we’re considering the best RTX 4060, we’re considering, above all, a mainstream graphics card. A GPU that offers a great value entry-point into modern PC gaming. One that’s cheap, performs well at 1080p and decently at 1440p, and has great longevity.
For this reason, our top pick for the best RTX 4060 is the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X. This GPU might not have quite the raw power of the Strix OC, and it might not be quite as cheap as the ASUS Dual OC, but it sits in that middle spot, perfect for the average PC gamer.
Currently retailing for about $309—just $10 more than the 4060’s base MSRP—MSI’s Gaming X 4060 offers stellar specs and performance across the board.
Straight out of the box, MSI has given it a stock overclock, which puts its boost clock speed to 2,595MHz. At stock settings, the MSI RTX 4060 Gaming X has theoretical single-precision FP32 performance of up to 15.94 TFLOPS.
Because of this, it should perform only a little behind the Strix OC at stock settings (and, indeed, TechPowerUp’s testing confirms this). In other words, for just $10 more than MSRP, with this GPU you’re getting one of the best performing RTX 4060’s on the market.
This performance doesn’t seem to come at the cost of anything else, either. The GPU stays cool at just over 60c under gaming load, it doesn’t consume an unreasonable amount of power per frame rendered, and its fans are some of the quietest of all the 4060 AIBs.
Heck, you don’t even lose out in the aesthetics department. MSI’s Gaming X graphics cards have a staple design, and this design has stayed the same for a reason: people like it. Sure, it doesn’t look as nice as a Gaming X Trio with RGB, but for a dual-fan card, its angular, diagonal design looks pretty damn premium.
This card, in our opinion, should be more expensive than it is. As it stands, because of its reasonable price, the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X is the best overall RTX 4060. It offers the best bang for your buck, and that means a lot for a mainstream 1080p GPU.
2. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4060 OC
Fastest RTX 4060 (and Best RTX 4060 for Overclocking)
- 2670MHz Clock Speed
- 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 12.3-Inches Long
- Triple Fan
Whether the title is “best high end RTX 4060”, “fastest/most powerful RTX 4060”, or “best RTX 4060 for overclocking”, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4060 OC wins, hands down. It’s not even particularly close.
The Strix OC RTX 4060 was designed with one thing in mind: to deliver flagship level performance in the mainstream 1080p gaming bracket. And it delivers.
At stock settings, its boost clock is a whopping 2,670MHz, and it has a theoretical FP32 performance of up to 16.4 TFLOPS. This out-of-the-box theoretical raw performance also translates to actual game performance, too. According to TechPowerUp’s testing, the Strix OC performs better at both 1080p and 1440p than any other RTX 4060 they tested.
The Strix OC also excels by every other meaningful metric. Its 5x55A power phases make for a mighty VRM with 275A of max current, and because its VRM is so capable, MSI has set its max power limit to 163W, 48W higher than stock and significantly higher than other RTX 4060 AIBs.
This VRM and max power limit allows you to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the Strix OC. In other words, the ROG Strix RTX 4060 OC overclocks better than any other RTX 4060 on the market. You should be able to achieve around 3,000MHz on the GPU clock, which should net you a fair few extra frames compared to its already impressive stock performance.
Of course, none of this would be possible without some seriously impressive cooling, and the Strix OC 4060 delivers on this front, too. Its three “axial-tech” fans sit atop a gigantic heatsink with four heat pipes, allowing for significant heat dissipation. This extravagant cooling solution seems to work, too, with online tests showing that the Strix is one of the coolest RTX 4060s out there.
And just like with the MSI RTX 4060 Gaming X, the ROG Strix RTX 4060 OC keeps its standard (for 40-series cards) aesthetic design. On the face of the card, ASUS has opted for red and blue splashes, with RGB on the end of the GPU and the top, too, for the logo.
You’ve probably already guessed that there’s a cost for such a powerful RTX 4060. You can currently pick up a ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4060 OC for about $389, which is $90 more than the 4060’s baseline MSRP. If you want the best of the best, the premium is high.
3. ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 OC
Best Cheap RTX 4060
- 2505MHz Clock Speed
- 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 8.9-Inches Long
- Dual Fan
Considering the RTX 4060 is a mainstream 1080p graphics card many gamers will consider for a budget upgrade, it makes sense to look at some of the cheaper RTX 4060s.
There are a couple of RTX 4060s retailing for cheaper than MSRP (Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4060 Solo and PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Verto Dual), but it makes sense to pay a little extra and opt for an overall better value card at $299 MSRP.
Out of all the $299-priced RTX 4060s, the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 OC looks to be the best—although the MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 4060 2X OC is a close contender.
One reason to opt for ASUS Dual 4060 OC over another $299 option is its stock clock settings. The 4060 Dual OC ships with a boost clock of 2,505MHz straight out of the box, giving it theoretical FP32 performance of up to about 15.4 TFLOPS. This is better than other $299 options like the MSI Ventus 2X OC or Gigabyte Windforce OC.
The ASUS Dual RTX 4060 OC also has a more than decent VRM, with 4x64A power stages for 256A total max current. In fact, the Dual 4060 OC’s VRM is better than almost any other RTX 4060, bar the Strix OC and a couple others.
This great VRM has allowed ASUS to set the Dual RTX 4060 OC’s max power limits to 138W, which is much higher than most other RTX 4060s. This, in turn, should allow you to try sharper overclocks, if that’s your jam, though successful overclocks are never guaranteed.
On the other hand, if you don’t care about overclocking, it just feels good to know that your GPU is handling its electrical currents with ease. It also feels good to know that it’s not getting too hot, and this is where the 4060 Dual OC excels, too. TechPowerUp found this GPU stayed cooler than any other RTX 4060 they tested, bar the $90 more expensive ROG Strix OC. ASUS seems to have its cooling on point.
You don’t even lose out too much in aesthetics. Sure, it has no RGB lighting, and it’s all black and gray, but its design is anything but bland, with its boxy frame and schematic-style highlights.
In all, not only is the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 OC the best cheap RTX 4060 on the market right now, it’s also one of the best cheap 1080p graphics cards on the market, full stop. It certainly gives the MSI RTX 4060 Gaming X a run for its money and is a great alternative for those of you looking to save a little extra cash.
4. Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4060 Solo
Smallest RTX 4060 (Great for Mini-ITX Builds)
- 2460MHz Clock Speed
- 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 6.4-Inches Long
- Single Fan
As we’re talking about an entry-level current-gen GPU, we’d be amiss not to mention an RTX 4060 small enough for all you prospective Mini-ITX PC system builders. Higher-end behemoths like the RTX 4080 don’t make for great dinky builds, but thankfully the RTX 4060 range has some smaller offerings.
The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4060 Solo uses single-fan cooling to maintain a compact design for Mini-ITX gamers. Measuring in at 163mm x 117.6mm x 39.5mm (6.4” x 4.6” x 1.6”), this RTX 4060, while still a dual-slot GPU, is short and slim enough for almost any system. And this is surprising given the size of many other current-gen GPUs, both from NVIDIA and AMD.
Of course, we can’t expect leaps and bounds in the performance department with such a barebone cooling setup. And it’s true, the Zotac RTX 4060 Solo sticks to the RTX 4060’s default stock boost clock of 2,460 MHz, which should theoretically deliver 15.11 TFLOPS of FP32 performance.
The thing is, though, unless you’re into some heavy overclocking, there’s little practical difference between a stock boost clock and a small overclock. You’ll miss out on a couple fps here and there in modern games, but the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. And for that mostly unnoticeable drawback, you get the benefit of heaps of extra room in your case.
Unfortunately, the real drawbacks to such a small GPU come from its noise and heat output. Don’t expect this GPU to run cool and quiet. It should play games within a safe temperature range, certainly staying below 80c, but compared to others on this list it will likely run hot and loud—loud because a single fan is going to have to work quite a bit harder than multiple fans would to keep the GPU cool.
Aesthetically, the Zotac Gaming RTX 4060 Solo looks great, providing you don’t mind small single-fan GPUs. Its subtle indents and muted topside GeForce RTX logo add just enough spice for a minimalistic small form-factor (SFF) build.
One final benefit to this GPU—at least right now—is its price. At the time of writing, the RTX 4060 Solo can be picked up on offer online for just $279. This $20 saving over baseline MSRP isn’t only great in a vacuum, it also changes the landscape somewhat when we compare it to alternative GPUs. It makes, for example, the AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT look a little less enticing in comparison.
5. Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Aero OC
Best-Looking RTX 4060
- 2550MHz Clock Speed
- 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 11-Inches Long
- Triple Fan
Given that the difference between different RTX 4060 AIBs isn’t enormous (perhaps with exception to the Strix OC), you might simply want to opt for the best-looking 4060. PC Gamers often prefer performance to aesthetics, but when performance differences are slim, how your GPU looks can become more important.
While such judgments are always, of course, subjective, in our opinion the Gigabyte Aero OC is the best-looking RTX 4060 out there. The RTX 4060 Aero OC is white and silver, and its three fans, each sitting around brushed and patterned silver metal, are visually separated from the surrounding white body by a raised perimeter.
The top and backplate is metal and this metal looks stunning with the addition of the backplate’s Gigabyte Aero and GeForce RTX logos and the topside’s RGB logo. And speaking of the RGB logo, this is fully customizable in the Gigabyte Control Center (GCC)—it can even display lighting effects and synchronize with other RGB devices.
Even the fans themselves look cool. While we’re sure there’s some functional consideration to the design as Gigabyte implies, there’s definite aesthetic appeal there, too. The three Windforce fans, each of which spins in alternating directions, have white fan blades with wavy edges and raised stripes on the surface.
Apart from looking gorgeous, Gigabyte’s GeForce RTX 4060 Aero OC also comes with a pretty hefty stock overclock of 90MHz over the reference 2,460MHz, putting it at 2,550MHz and giving it 15.1 TFLOPS of theoretical FP32 performance. This isn’t too far behind the MSI Gaming X model and is ahead of the ASUS Dual, so by no means is this GPU just a looker—it’s a performer, too.
There is a slight premium for such a good-looking card, of course. You can currently pick it up for about $324—$25 more than reference MSRP. But those of you who have already tried buying parts for a light-colored PC build should already know that such components usually cost a little more.
For a GPU that looks as good as this one, and which has a decent factory OC to boot, a $25 premium seems more than reasonable.