Now that December is here you might have thought you’d seen the back of GPU launches for one year but Nvidia has stuck again with its RTX 30 series, releasing the budget-conscious RTX 3060 Ti graphics card.
As with any GPU release that means reviews of the tech itself and that also means we need to give you a roundup of some of the best RTX 3060 Ti reviews out there so you can be as informed as possible if you could be potentially thinking about picking one of these cards up for yourself.
Below, you’ll find our bottom line, essentially our take on the reviews as well as direct quotes from a variety of individuals, hopefully providing you with some insight that you might have been lacking before.
So, does Nvidia deliver on it’s promise of a truly budget graphics card that’s far more powerful than its RTX 20 series counterparts? Well, the short answer is yes and it does it comfortably.
The RTX 3060 Ti offers up around double the CUDA cores of a 2060 Super with just a 25-watt increase in power consumption. While the number of cores might already seem impressive when compared to a 2060 Super, they’re actually only 20% lower than the much pricier RTX 3070. Moreover, the RTX 3060 Ti sports the same amount of GDDR6 RAM – 8GB, and only 16 fewer ROPs, making it a serious contender as the best budget GPU around.
What does all of this mean when you put the RTX 3060 Ti into action? Well, you’re looking at just a 20% lower performance point than the RTX 3070, an impressive feat considering the price difference. Additionally, when you pit this against the AMD Radeon RX 6800, their budget alternative, it’s either on par or better in most aspects of gaming – not the news they probably want to hear.
What about productivity? The RTX 3060 Ti seems to trade blows with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Super, showcasing its bright future within the video editing and other creative markets.
All in all, the RTX 3060 Ti is another triumph for Nvidia and will be catching the eye of budget PC builders when they think of either upgrading their rig, or building a new one altogether.
‘The 3060 Ti manages to more than double the number of graphics cores of the 2060 Super, in a smaller die that consumes only a tad more power. Looking further back, at the GTX 1060, and the multiplier is closer to 4x – with a corresponding increase to transistor count, courtesy of the shift from the 16nm with Pascal to 12nm with Turing and now 8nm with Ampere.’
Will Judd – Eurogamer
‘we’re looking at an RTX 2080 Super-beater and a 4K-capable gaming card for less than $400.’
Antony Leather – Forbes
‘don’t let those (small) looks deceive you. Inside is an Ampere-powered roaring tiger ready to rip through gaming for the $400 price point.’
Anthony Garreffa – TweakTown
‘The card might hit a sweet spot for up-to WHQL gamers that need a bit more power at a somewhat attractive price.’
Hilbert Hagedoorn – Guru3D
‘The real kicker here for this card is if you’re a high fidelity 1080p gamer then you’re going to get the absolute best experience with the latest games here.’
Keith May – Wccftech