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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti

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The deluge of cutting-edge hardware continues. NVIDIA, who kicked off proceedings with the hugely impressive GeForce RTX 3080, has slowly but surely massaged the underlying Ampere architecture to suit other areas of the market. RTX 3090 blows your socks off at $1,499, RTX 3070 entices more users at $499, and the latest addition, RTX 3060 Ti, brings the goodness of Ampere to a wider audience starting at just $399.

This is the area of the market where large numbers are shipped, and on paper, RTX 3060 Ti has the potential to be a best seller in the latest generation of graphics hardware. Before we examine real-world performance, let's break out the specification table to see exactly where the most affordable Ampere GPU to date fits in.

Ampere Goes Mainstream

  RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 3070 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2080 RTX 2070 Super RTX 2060
Launch date Sep 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Dec 2020 Sep 2018 July 2019 Sep 2018 July 2019 Jan 2019
GPU GA102 GA102 GA104 GA104 TU102 TU104 TU104 TU104 TU106
Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere Turing Turing Turing Turing Turing
Process (nm) 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12
Transistors (bn) 28.3 28.3 17.4 17.4 18.6 13.6 13.6 13.6 10.8
Die Size (mm²) 628.4 628.4 392.5 392.5 754 545 545 545 445
PCIe 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Base Clock (MHz) 1,400 1,440 1,500 1,500 1,350 1,650 1,515 1,605 1,365
Boost Clock (MHz) 1,695 1,710 1,725 1,665 1,545 1,815 1,710 1,770 1,680
Shaders 10,496 8,704 5,888 4,864 4,352 3,072 2,944 2,560 1,920
GFLOPS 35,581 29,768 20,314 16,197 13,448 11,151 10,068 9,062 6,221
Tensor Cores 328 272 184 152 544 384 368 320 240
RT Cores 82 68 46 38 68 48 46 40 30
Memory Size 24GB 10GB 8GB 8GB 11GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 6GB
Memory Bus 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Memory Clock 19.5Gbps 19Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 15.5Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 936 760 448 448 616 496 448 448 336
ROPs 112 96 96 80 88 64 64 64 48
Texture Units 328 272 184 152 272 192 184 160 120
L2 cache (KB) 5,120 5,120 4,096 4,096 5,632 4,096 4,096 4,096 3,072
SLI Support Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TDP (watts) 350 320 220 200 250 250 215 215 160
MSRP $1,499 $699 $499 $399 $999 $699 $699 $499 $349

You don't need to be a GPU technician to know where RTX 3060 Ti comes from. As is often the case, a 'new' GPU is derived from existing silicon, with NVIDIA in this instance using the RTX 3070's GA104 chip as the 8nm building block.

This time around, the 17.4-billion transistor die sees the number of streaming multiprocessors reduced from 46 on RTX 3070 to 38 on RTX 3060 Ti. As a consequence, the number of shaders is dialled down to 4,864, while dedicated Tensor and RT Cores are also scaled back to the tune of 17 per cent. Important tweaks when attempting to create product segmentation, yet it is interesting to note that the back end has been kept largely intact, with a 256-bit bus interfacing with 8GB of GDDR6 memory operating at the same 14Gpbs.

On-paper specifications intimate that RTX 3060 Ti will deliver approximately 85 per cent of the performance of its GA104 sibling, albeit for $100 less and in a more efficient package, with the baby of the current Ampere crop carrying a relatively frugal 200W TDP. Don't, however, let the mid-range positioning fool you into thinking this is a lightweight solution. The strength of the Ampere architecture is such that NVIDIA's $400 GPU is able to better some of the very best cards from the previous generation.

RTX 3060Ti Forza Horizon 4

Benchmarks from leading review sites put the RTX 3060 Ti ahead of an RTX 2080 Super that fetched $699 at launch, and astonishingly, the $400 Ampere is within touching distance of a $999 RTX 2080 Ti. It is without a doubt a stellar fit for high-quality gaming at an increasingly popular QHD resolution.

RTX 3060Ti Gears 5

4K UHD is deemed the ultimate destination for next-generation gaming, and RTX 3060 Ti is able to make it happen. Image quality may need to be sacrificed in order to achieve a silky smooth 60 frames per second in most titles, yet make no mistake, this is the first $400 GPU able to produce convincing 4K results.

RTX 3060Ti DirectX Ray Tracing

RTX 3060 Ti delivers tremendous performance at an alluring price point, and the revolutionary nature of the Ampere architecture is such that there's an element of future proofing against the games of tomorrow. Second-generation ray tracing performance is better than anything on offer from the competition, and with DLSS finding its feet, there's further performance potential waiting to be unleashed.


Of the recent avalanche of GPUs, NVIDIA's RTX 3060 Ti is the one most likely to resonate with a wide range of PC gamers. With prices starting at $400, the latest 30-Series graphics card is excellent at QHD, decent at UHD, and armed with forward-looking Ampere tech that will help drive next-generation visuals. There is little to criticise in such an accomplished GPU.

NVIDIA 3060Ti Card

A wide range of GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards will be available to purchase right here at Scan Computers.