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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is here – or not. Because, we also had a corresponding news online: The Founders Edition for just under 400 euros was sold out within a minute, and the custom versions of the partner manufacturers, which were launched at the same time in online shops, were mostly sold out after half an hour, although they often cost 550 euros and more. There are, of course, good reasons that the demand is so high. Because the new graphics card from Nvidia offers a very good performance for just under 400 euros – that's how much the Founders Edition from Nvidia costs.

Without revealing too many details, but: It is as strong as the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, which always (apart from very few special offers) cost at least 600 euros. What is more, the fact that the graphics card market above 350 euros is currently almost extinct and you have almost no choice if you need more performance than that of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT.

Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge

Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge

Source: PC games hardware

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT now costs over 400 euros – recently it was just under 350 euros. Incidentally, on the subject of the graphics card market and the current situation, we will also publish a column at the weekend in which our author explains the market situation, explains reasons for the situation and adds a personal note to the whole. But how does the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti perform in detail? For this purpose, we analyzed several tests of the graphics card and statistically summarized the results in order to determine a good overall assessment. You can find the results on the next page – but first let's take a look at the technical details of the graphics card.

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti: technology

With the GP104, the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti uses the same graphics chip as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. Of course, the RTX 3060 Ti does not have as many shader units enabled (about 20 percent less than the RTX 3070), and neither are the clock rates are below the big sister, with a difference of only three to six percentage points. When it comes to video memory, eight gigabytes are available, which are connected with 256 bits as with the GeForce RTX 3070 for a data rate of 448 gigabytes per second. When it comes to electricity demand, the TDP, which strictly speaking only indicates the possible waste heat energy and not the electricity demand, is 200 watts – but the electricity consumption is close to this value. These are the data of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti compared to the two faster new RTX 3000 graphics cards, on the far left we have placed the GeForce RTX 2080 Super for comparison:

modelRTX 2080 SuperRTX 3060 TiRTX 3070RTX 3080
Transistors13.6 billion17.4 billion17.4 billion28 billion
Shader units3072486458888704
RT cores48384668
Base rate1650 MHz14101500 MHz1450 MHz
Boost clock1905 MHz16651725 MHz1710 MHz
RAM connection256 bit256 bit256 bit320 bits
RAM bandwidth496 GB / s448 GB / s448 GB / s760 GB / s
TDP250 watts200 watts220 watts320 watts
Price (Founders Edition)749 euros399 euros499 euros699 euros

Put simply, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a light version of the GeForce RTX 3070.

In view of the name, this is not surprising, because a Ti graphics card is traditionally very close to the model of the graphics card, which is to be classified one class higher. Nvidia also leaves room for a GeForce RTX 3060 thanks to the Ti name. Of course, Nvidia could have omitted the addition Ti on the RTX 3060 Ti. Then a somewhat slower RTX model, which is likely to come, would have to be given the model number 3050, which many customers could mistakenly misinterpret as an entry-level graphics card in relation to the entire graphics card market, although it might do as much as an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT or the already sold-out GeForce RTX 2060 Super. In the entry-level sector and in the price range up to around 300 euros, we expect a few GTX models, as was the case after the release of the RTX 2000 graphics cards in the form of the GTX 1600 series.

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