The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio Temperatures:
At idle on our open air test bench we were sitting at around 34.9C at idle with no fan noise as they don’t spin. After playing PUBG for over an hour at 1440P we found that the temperatures topped out at 58.7C range. The GPU coolers three fans were off at idle and running around 1200 RPM at full gaming load. The hot spot temperatures at idle and load were 45.0C and 70.8C, respectively.
For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For load numbers we ran Rainbow Six Siege at 1440P and recorded the peak power number while the in-game benchmark was running. This is done to ensure the results are repeatable.
Power consumption on the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio peaked at 323 Watts running Rainbow Six Siege at 1440P with the Kill-A-Watt power meter. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition reached 372 Watts, so this card uses considerably less power.