Meet The nVidia RTX 3060 Ti: The Best Sub $400 GPU

Published on December 23, 2020
RTX 3060 Ti
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This December, nVidia launched the RTX 3060 Ti for $399. This made the 3060 Ti the lowest-cost graphics card in the 3000 series. Considering the fact that nVidia’s Ampere architecture is so powerful, the 3060 Ti was expected to be a solid performer.

In true nVidia fashion, at $399, the RTX 3060 Ti outperforms the $700 (at launch) GeForce RTX 2080 Super. So, that means that the 3060 Ti is going to be more than enough for most gamers.

  • Relatively affordable price
  • Solid 1080p and 1440p performance
  • Ray tracing is faster than the 2060
  • Quiet performance
  • Availability is limited
  • Not great for 4K

A Little More About The 3060 Ti

The RTX 3060 Ti is basically a slightly crippled RTX 3070. In fact, that is exactly what it is. They both use the same piece of silicon, the nVidia GA104 GPU. Also, they both have the same 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. The 3060 Ti expresses its difference with its sibling GPU through disabled CUDA cores. 1024 disabled CUDA cores to be exact. You will only find 4,864 CUDA cores on the 3060 Ti compared to 5,888 CUDA cores for the 3070.

The RTX 3070 Ti Also Has a Lower Boost Frequency

While the 3070 can clock all the way up to 1.73Ghz, the 3060 Ti hits its frequency ceiling at 1.67GHz. Before you get too disappointed, it’s important to keep in mind that the GeForce RTX 3060 has over double the amount of CUDA cores as the GeForce RTX 2060, which has only 2,176. Also, it’s got a new architecture that includes better support for Ray Tracing and dedicated Tensor cores for machine learning tasks.

nVidia is Counting TFLOPS Differently This Year

Also, it’s super important to take into consideration the fact that nVidia is counting differently with its 3000-series GPUs. So when you see that the 3060 Ti can do 16.2 TFLOPs compared to the 2060 Super’s 7.2, you will be disappointed if you are expecting the 3060 Ti to be over twice as fast. Just keep that in mind.

From the reviews we have seen, the RTX 3060 Ti is a strong contender in the GPU market. It’s important to keep in mind that fact only applies if you aren’t trying to do 4K gaming. So, if you have a 1080P or even a 1440P screen and are looking for a great GPU, this is the one for you.

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