NVidia RTX 3060 TI Review

According to Nvidia, their new graphics card the NVidia RTX 3060 TI, is an “entry point at good value into the era of NVIDIA Ampere architecture.” Gigabyte, ASUS and Inno3D will also bring their versions to the market and they will soon be up for grabs.

But before the NVidia RTX 3060 TI is available for purchase, let’s take a look at its specs, benchmarks and if it really is a good GPU for the price, which starts at $400.

NVidia RTX 3060 TI – Specs

Graphics Processor

  • Architecture: Ampere
  • Process Size: 8 nm
  • Transistors: 17,400 million
  • Die Size: 392 mm²

Memory

  • Memory Size: 8 GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR6
  • Memory Bus: 256 bit
  • Bandwidth: 448.0 GB/s

Graphics Features

  • DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
  • OpenGL: 4.6
  • OpenCL: 2.0
  • Vulkan: 1.2
  • CUDA: 8.5
  • Shader Model: 6.5

Clock Speeds

  • Base Clock: 1410 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1665 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1750 MHz – 14 Gbps effective

Board Design

  • Slot Width: Dual-slot
  • Length: 242 mm / 9.5 inches
  • Width: 112 mm / 4.4 inches
  • TDP: 200 W
  • Suggested PSU: 350 W
  • Outputs: 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin

Render Config

  • Shading Units: 4864
  • TMUs: 152
  • ROPs: 80
  • SM Count: 38
  • Tensor Cores: 152
  • RT Cores: 38
  • L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
  • L2 Cache: 4 MB

Theoretical Performance

  • Pixel Rate:2 GPixel/s
  • Texture Rate: 253.1 GTexel/s
  • FP16 (half) performance: 16.20 TFLOPS (1:1)
  • FP32 (float) performance: 16.20 TFLOPS
  • FP64 (double) performance: 253.1 GFLOPS (1:64)

Graphics Card

  • Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2020
  • Availability: 2020
  • Generation: GeForce 30
  • Production: Unreleased
  • Launch Price: 449 USD
  • Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

As the highly anticipated RTX 3060 Ti is getting closer to being launched, the specs have been released, along with the release date and price.

Looking at the specs revealed by Videocardz and the relative performance of the RTX 3060 Ti compared to its competitor GPUs or its siblings, we notice that this GPU is almost as fast as the more expensive RTX 3070.

NVidia RTX 3060 TI – Benchmarks and Tests

Looking at the 3DMark tests, the RTX 3060 Ti appears faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, which is a great offer considering that last year’s model was priced at $699. The RTX 3060 Ti is around 6% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and at a price tag of 449 USD.

The difference between the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 isn’t that big either, making the RTX 3060 Ti the cheapest and most powerful GPU in 2020. Let’s see the benchmarks in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks.

RTX 3060 Ti Vs. RTX 2080 SUPER – Ashes of the Singularity (Crazy, 1080p)

On the setting Crazy, at 1080p, the RTX 3060 Ti reaches 7900 points and an average frame rate of 95.3 FPS.

Meanwhile, at the same settings, the RTX 2080 SUPER reaches 8400 points and an average frame rate of 101.6 FPS.

The RTX 3070 reaches a score of 9000 points and the Radeon RX 6800 scores 9500 points.

Note, however, that this benchmark is mostly a CPU benchmark. Moreover, the RTX 3060 TI is performing nicely for its price.

NVidia RTX 3060 TI – Price & Availability

The NVidia RTX 3060 TI is set to be launched on December 2, and provided there’s a chance to grab this GPU, it’s a good investment.

At 449 USD, the RTX 3060 TI is 25% cheaper than the RTX 3070 and 11-13% less powerful. For those that weren’t able to get an RTX 3070, the RTX 3060 TI would be a great choice if they’re on a budget but still want to get the newest architecture.

However, that’s the price of a stock RTX 3060 Ti. Videocards spotted European retailers have listed all the custom models by Gigabyte, Inno3D and Zotac:

  • Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE – 538.91 EUR
  • Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE OC – 525.98 EUR
  • Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC – 558.16 EUR
  • Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti AORUS Master – 592.26 EUR
  • Inno3D RTX 3060 Ti Twin X2 OC – 502.23 EUR
  • Inno3D RTX 3060 Ti iChill X3 – 529.49 EUR
  • ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge – 568.38 EUR

The prices in US should be lower considering Europe’s taxes, though. Hopefully this won’t be another stock washout. If you’re not able to get the RTX 3060 TI this week, NVidia’s stock issues might be resolved in Q1 2021.

NVidia RTX 3060 TI – Final Thoughts

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition – which looks like the RTX 3070 – will surely be a bargain, coming at only 449 USD. Looking at the scored in both 3DMark and Ashes of the Singularity, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is surely a wise purchase for gamers that want great performance at reasonable prices.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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