The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers excellent performance that’s on par with the RTX 2080 Super – better in some cases – while keeping its price tag accessible enough for most people to afford. It may not push the boundaries of what we can expect from graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. However, it also means that budget gamers now have a great option if they want to play on Ultra settings with ray tracing turned on at 1440p.
Simply, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is an affordable way to tackle the latest and greatest in gaming. If 4K is not that important and you’re happy with top-notch 1080p and 1440p performance, this Nvidia offering is the best graphics card for most people.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is based on the same Ampere architecture as the RTX 3080, and gives us a look at what the Ampere lineup will look like in the mid-range and budget segment of the GPU market. This isn’t exactly going to be the graphics card that’ll push Watch Dogs Legion with ray tracing at 4K, but it is definitely up to doing it at 1080p.
With this graphics card, you’re getting 8GB of the same GDDR6 memory found in the RTX 3070, paired with 38 Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors (SM). However, because of changes Nvidia has made to its SM since Turing, each of these now has 128 CUDA cores, double that of the 64 in each Turing SM. That means there are now 4,864 CUDA cores in the RTX 3060 Ti, up from the 2,176 found in the RTX 2060 Super.
Power consumption sees an increase over the RTX 2060 Super, but it’s not as pronounced as other cards in the Nvidia Ampere lineup. The total graphics power (TGP) is 200W for the RTX 3060 Ti, up from the 175W of the RTX 2060 Super. It’s more, but it shouldn’t be so much more that you’ll need to worry about upgrading your power supply to accommodate – assuming you have a competent one in the first place, that is.