The rumours held true: the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a genuine graphics card, and we have actually been evaluating it for the previous week. Nvidia guarantees RTX 2080 Super level efficiency in a smaller sized, less expensive and more effective Ampere style, and – spoiler alert – that’s precisely what our screening reveals they have actually provided.

For £370 in the UK, $400 in the United States and around €399 in Europe, the 3060 Ti isn’t rather in mainstream area, however it’s considerably faster than the RTX 2060 Super it changes at the exact same price-point and AMD’s competitive Big Navi architecture has yet to launching at anything listed below the $580/£530 rate point of the RX 6800. If the Green Team has the ability to in fact produce these cards in volume – and offer them to real clients instead of bot farms – they might be onto a winner.

In regards to the specifications and underlying architecture, the RTX 3060 Ti utilizes the exact same GA104 GPU as the RTX 3070, however with less CUDA cores – 4864 versus 5888. The card likewise runs at somewhat slower clock speeds (1665MHz increase versus 1725MHz) to suit a 20W lower TDP (200W vs 220W). The memory subsystems are the same nevertheless, with both cards sporting the exact same 8GB GDDR6 operating at 448GB/s. It’s great to see 8GB of VRAM ending up being the brand-new requirement, with all next-gen cards from both groups supplying a minimum of that much so far.

RTX 3080 RTX 3070 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 2060 Super RTX 2060 GTX 1060
GPU GA102 GA104 GA104 TU106 TU106 GP106
CUDA cores 8704 5888 4864 2176 1920 1280
Memory Bus 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 760GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s 336GB/s 192GB/s
Base Clock 1440MHz 1500MHz 1410MHz 1470MHz 1365MHz 1506MHz
Boost Clock 1710MHz 1725MHz 1665MHz 1650MHz 1680MHz 1709MHz
TDP 320W 220W 200W 175W 160W 120W
Die Size 628mm2 392mm2 392mm2 445mm2 445mm2 200mm2
Transistors 28B 17.4B 17.4B 10.8B 10.8B 4.4B

The contrast versus older generation cards is more fascinating. The 3060 Ti handles to more than double the variety of graphics cores of the 2060 Super, in a smaller sized die that takes in just a little more power. Looking even more back, at the GTX 1060, and the multiplier is better to 4x – with a matching boost to transistor count, thanks to the shift from the 16nm with Pascal to 12nm with Turing and now 8nm with Ampere.

As well as enhancements to calculate efficiency, all of the normal functions of Nvidia’s Ampere architecture are present and proper, consisting of next-generation ray tracing and tensor cores, so we can anticipate more visible efficiency boosts in RT and AI sped up work. We’ve covered Ampere in more information in our earlier RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 evaluations, so let’s move onto the card’s physical style.

As normal, we’re evaluating the Founders Edition of the card, which features the exact same beautiful commercial style and in the exact same compact measurements as the RTX 3070. We have 2 axial fans in a ‘flow-through’ setup, with the little, pennant-shaped motherboard style and mini 12-pin power adapter enabling the last third of the card to be entirely utilized for cooling. Even the I/O is organized to increase air flow, with a single row of display screen outputs (3 DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.1) sitting below a 16×5 grid of ventilation cutouts.

As with other RTX 30-series cards, the 3060 Ti is a PCIe 4.0 gadget however operates in PCIe 3.0 motherboards with no loss in efficiency in the large bulk of video gaming work. Another undetectable function is the AV1 decipher assistance, which need to enable websites like Twitch and Netflix to up their resolution, bitrate and frame-rate significantly at a provided bandwidth – or reduce bandwidth by as much as 50 percent while keeping these metrics the exact same. AV1 assistance isn’t vital now, and is offered on both AMD and Nvidia’s brand-new cards, however it might be a good cherry on top for anybody picking to update when it strikes the mainstream.

One of the most significant concerns we had when evaluating the 3060 Ti – beyond its video gaming efficiency, which we’ll get to quickly – surrounded its power performance. The RTX 3070 was significantly more effective than its more effective brother or sisters, so is the 3060 Ti more effective still?

To response this concern, we utilize Nvidia’s Power Capture Analysis Tool, or PCAT. This is an interposer board that sits in between the PCIe slot and the graphics card, in addition to in between the supplemental 8-pin power input utilized by the 3060 Ti and our power supply. This method, we can determine the variety of watts drawn by the card itself, instead of the load of the complete system which can differ naturally gradually, and plot this power draw specifically versus frame-rates to get a sense of just how much power is being utilized to produce each frame.

Nvidia’s PCAT system utilizes PCIe user interface and power supply cable television interposer boards to determine real juice taken in by the GPU. Note, we were utilizing an RTX 3080 PSU adapter here – the 3060 Ti needs just one eight-pin PCIe power input and utilizes a various dongle.
Joules Per Frame RX 6800 XT RX 6800 RTX 3080 FE RTX 3070 FE RTX 3060 Ti FE RTX 2070 FE RX 5700 XT
Death Stranding 2.933 2.644 3.349 2.915 3.064 3.651 3.846
Percentage Diff 110.9% 100% 126.6% 110.2% 115.9% 138.1% 145.5%
Joules Per Frame RX 6800 XT RX 6800 RTX 3080 FE RTX 3070 FE RTX 3060 Ti FE RTX 2070 FE RX 5700 XT
Gears 5 4.384 3.792 4.156 3.603 3.163 4.734 5.403
Percentage Diff 138.6% 119.9% 131.4% 113.9% 100% 149.7% 170.82%

In Death Stranding, the RTX 3060 Ti practically equates to the RTX 3070, needing 3.064 joules per frame to render our test scene compared to 2.915 joules per frame for the 3070. AMD’s Big Navi graphics cards carry out much better in Death Stranding than Nvidia’s Ampere, so we see an even much better performance score for the RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT. So the 3060 Ti does utilize less power than the 3070, however the decline in efficiency is bigger than the decline in power use – a minimum of in this test.

Gears 5 is more confident, with the 3060 Ti setting a brand-new record here of 3.163 joules per frame, with the 3070 needing 14 percent more power per frame and the RX 6800 needing around 20 percent more. Normally we’d anticipate cards in the exact same household to be organized in the exact same order in each video game, so it’s uncommon to see the 3060 Ti lead versus the 3070 in one test and path in another. However, retests substantiated our preliminary outcomes, enabling the 3060 Ti to declare the ‘most effective Ampere GPU’ title in a minimum of one video game. It’s worth recalling at the RTX 2070 FE also, which needs 50 percent more joules for each frame – Ampere and its shift to 8nm has actually truly had strong lead to regards to power performance.

With our short power screening concluded, it’s time to validate the specs of our test rig. You’ll see a couple of brand-new parts here if you have actually not taken a look at our RTX 30-series evaluates yet, however for those of you that recognize there are not a surprises here. We have a Core i9 10900K is locked to a 5GHz all-core frequency and cooled by a 240mm Alpacool Eisbaer Aurora AiO – which keeps the overclocked system at around 75C under complete load.

The 10900K is backed by an Asus Maximus 12 Extreme Z490 motherboard and 2 8GB sticks of G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3600MHz CL16. Our video games are ranged from a capacious 2TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe drive provided by Box. The entire rig is powered by a 850W gold-rated Gamer Storm power supply.

With the phase set, let’s start the program with some video gaming standards.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Analysis

  • Introduction, Hardware and Power Analysis [This Page]

  • Doom Eternal, Control, Borderlands 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Game Benchmarks Part 1

  • Death Stranding, Far Cry 5, Hitman 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Game Benchmarks Part 2

  • Metro Exodus, Dirt Rally 2, Assassin’s Creed Unity – Game Benchmarks Part 3

  • Control, Metro Exodus, Battlefield 5 – RTX Game Benchmarks

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti – the Digital Foundry decision