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Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti —a terrific value for gamers

Lots of performance and not too expensive

Posted: By Jon Peddie & Robert Dow 12.01.20

The RTX 3060 Ti debuted at $399, and Nvidia claimed it to be 40% faster on average than its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. The RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition is a tremendous addition to the GeForce RTX 30 Series, but we couldn’t match Nvidia’s performance claims in all cases. We came close in game-only FPS tests—35%.

The new AIB comes with 8 GB of GDDR6, has two DisplayPort 1.4a sockets, plus an HDMI 2.1. The new AIB runs Nvidia’s anti-mouse lag Reflex software as well as its, Broadcast program.

The RTX 3060 Ti It is the same physical size as the RTX 3070 with both cards measuring in at  9.5” in length and 4.4” in width,  equipped with Nvidia’s new 12-pin power connector.

Benchmarking

We ran sixty-one tests, using five games, three synthetic benchmarks, and three ray tracing benchmarks. Games: Assassins Creed: ValhallaMetro Exodus, WatchDog Legion, Wolfenstein Youngblood, Benchmark: Port Royal, Time Spy, Time Spy Extreme, Ray tracing: Blender, Boundary, Bright Memory Infinite, and Neon Noir. We ran most of the games at 4k and 1440 and ray tracing with DLSS on and off (when permitted).

We compared the RTX 3060 Ti to its predecessor, the RTX 2060 Super, as well as all the other 3000 series AIBs. The following table shows the generational comparison of the two AIBs.

GeForce RTX 3060 TI RTX 2060 Super Difference
Release Date December 2020 July 2019  
GPU GA104-200-A1 TU106-410-A1  
Shaders 4864 2175 124%
TMUs 152 136 12%
SM 38 24 12%
Core Clock GHz 1410 1470 -4%
Boost Clock GHz 1665 1650 1%
Process nm 8 12 -33%
Transistors (Billions) 17.4 10.8 61%
Die Size (mm2) 392 445 -12%
AIB Memory (GB) 8 8 0%
Bus Size Bits 256 256 0%
Memory Speed (Gbps) 14 14 0%
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6  
TFLOPS FP 32 16.2 7.18 126%
Power 200 175 14%
MSRP $399 $399 13%
Driver 457.4 457.4  
Comparison Nvidia RTX 3060 TI vs. the  RTX  2060 Super

 

The 3060 Ti had the same MSRP at launch as its predecessor yet offers 126% more TFLOPS, 124% more shaders, it does use 14% more power.

Testbed. We ran all the tests on a 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3900x 12-core CPU, with 16GB RAM and a 2 TB SSD.

Test platform for Nvidia 3000-series AIBs

 

Here’s how that worked out in the tests using the Pmark.

 

Pmark score and FPS test results

 

The following table shows the Pmark.

  RTX 3060 TI RTX 2060 Super Difference
Average FPS 53.52 39.46 35.6%
Pmark FPS Ryzen  67.07 56.51 18.6%
Pmark Score Ryzen 129.31 116.29 11.2%
Pmark results for RTX 3060 Ti and 2060 Super AIBs

 

The average FPS values include benchmark and ray tracing tests as well as games.

What do we think?

If your main interest is in FPS, the RTX 3060 Ti is the AIB you’re looking for. Up to 36% more FPS for no more than last generation’s RTX 2060 Super, which was a damn fine AIB, to begin with. So that works out to a terrific price/performance advantage. The Pmark score lowers the difference because of the power consumption by the 3060 Ti.

But wait—there’s more.

We also tested the RTX 3060 Ti against its bigger siblings, the RTX 3070, 3080, and monster 3090.

The family’s score on average FPS vs. price

 

The family circus

 

As we have always said, in computer graphics, and especially in graphics AIBs, you get what you pay for.