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.
We ran sixty-one tests, using five games, three synthetic benchmarks, and three ray tracing benchmarks. Games: Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Metro 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|
|Core Clock GHz||1410||1470||-4%|
|Boost Clock GHz||1665||1650||1%|
|Die Size (mm2)||392||445||-12%|
|AIB Memory (GB)||8||8||0%|
|Bus Size Bits||256||256||0%|
|Memory Speed (Gbps)||14||14||0%|
|TFLOPS FP 32||16.2||7.18||126%|
|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|
|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.