Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Published: 1st December 2020 | Source: Nvidia | Price: |
One would imagine that now Nvidia have brought out a series of graphics cards that blow their Turing ones away, and AMD have revitalised the Radeon range, that picking a graphics card would be simpler than ever. After all, we all want great gaming performance and yet it seems to can buy any of the cards that have been launched since the world went into lockdown and be satisfied.
However, if you've just set your sights on the RTX 3070 and been patiently waiting for some stock to appear then hold onto your money for a moment as there is a new kid on the block in the form of the RTX 3060 Ti. Straight away we're a little bit confused because usually the Ti versions of Nvidia cards are the ones that appear when they refresh the design and bring even more performance from a particular GPU, but here it's out of the box with the Ti model.
Lots of rumours were swirling about the latest addition to the Ampere range, and we can't remember another card that had quite so many performance leaks. Anyone would think that the RX 6800 launch rattled a certain company enough to leak like a government department, but we couldn't possibly comment. However, what we've gleaned from the various leaks is that this card could bring RTX 2080 Super levels of performance, which is probably more astonishing than the RTX 3070 matching the RTX 2080 Ti. There is, as ever, only one way to find out. We've got two reviews for you today, the Founders Edition itself, and then another that covers the partner cards - ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte - that we have in the office. Suffice to say that we've seen Time Spy running so often this month that we're seeing it in our sleep.
Nvidia are happy to compare the RTX 3060 Ti with their previous generation RTX 2060 Super. Numerically it makes a lot of sense, but as we'll soon see the real challenger in performance terms for the RTX 3060 Ti is the RTX 2080 Super, and given the price that launched at it's clear there is only going to be one winner.
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Kinda changed my mind about these cards since the review, but come january time these are in for a shout if they are in stock, as is the 3070/80 and 6800/XT would prefer the 6800XT but the way things are with stock who knows
It's mainly cause the RT performance is basically on par with the 6800/XT and way cheaper and for me at 1080p these are pretty much all I'd need, but we'll see come next year how stock pans out they will sellout fast no doubt.
Nvidia definitely delivered here. It's basically wasted the 3070, 2080S and 2080Ti. There's still room for the 3070 in the product stack, but barely. I would personally rather spend less and get a 3060Ti and more on something else, like more storage or better system fans. If I were on a GTX 970 or 1060, or an AMD equivalent, and I gamed at 1080p or 1440p, I don't see any reason to wait for AMD. I can't imagine they'll outshine Nvidia here. They had the chance with the 6800 range and they didn't.
Still, it's exciting to think how AMD will rebuke the 3060Ti. I wonder will they try to make the 6700 $450 and the 6700XT $500. I can't see how that would compete if they did that though. The 3060Ti is so close to the 3070 that it doesn't leave much room for a $450 6700 and a $500 6700XT to exist. I hope AMD try to undercut Nvidia can go $300-400 for the 6700 and 6700XT, and offer better performance per dollar than the 3060Ti, or at least equal it.Quote
I doubt this would exist yet without AMD. I would therefore expect a refresh of the 3070, and it being fully 4k capable too.Quote
I can see the 6700 being a £400 card thou but prices atm are way off the msrp, hoping come jan it'll have sorted itself out.
See the sites have listed the cards, but no prices on them atm.
I think if i was to get a 3060ti the extra saved would go towards VR at a later date, but CP2077 is out next week so these will fly off the sites instantly.Quote
Like Witcher in 1440p : it's a 10 FPS difference. from 95 to 105. About the same elsewhere. I hardly feel a breeze.Quote
It's mainly cause the RT performance is basically on par with the 6800/XT and way cheaper and for me at 1080p these are pretty much all I'd need, but we'll see come next year how stock pans out they will sellout fast no doubt.Quote