Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review

Conclusion

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review

Conclusion

There is no doubt that when it comes to looking at purchasing a new GPU it is, for all but the very luckiest ones amongst you, a balance between the performance you desire and the performance you can achieve. Yes we'd all love the insanity and futureproofing that a RTX 3090 brings to the party, but few amongst us have remotely got the financial clout to have one. Especially after this year which has been trying to say the least.

The RTX 3060 Ti has a whole different cast of comparisons depending largely upon the graphics card you currently have in your system, the graphics card that Nvidia claim it is comparable to, and of course the price point it launches at. Some of these are much easier to cover with blanket statements than others. If you've got any card that was released before the Turing Nvidia ones, GTX 1080 Ti or below, then the RTX 3060 Ti will blow you away with its performance. To say it would be an upgrade compared to those cards is to very much under value how much of an upgrade it would be. It'll stun you with how quickly the performance possibility has moved on and how affordable that level of ability is now, certainly compared to how much it would have cost to upgrade from a Maxwell to a Turing card.

If you've got a RTX 2060 or RTX then it will still be a decent improvement if you're just looking to get a little more out of your system without breaking the bank. Once you reach RTX 2080 territory though, in either vanilla, Super, or Ti forms, then things get a little trickier. You've already spent a considerable wedge on those cards, and the RTX 3060 Ti wouldn't give you enough of an upgrade to justify the outlay.

Looking at the RTX 3060 Ti in a vacuum the performance is consistently good throughout all of our testing. Certainly at the super popular 1080 or 1440 resolutions it really gets the job done and is smooth no matter what we threw at it, either AAA games or older but still visually lovely games, with everything cranked to the stops. At 4K it's not so amazing but then it's not really aimed at 4K gaming, even though you could get away with some careful setting tweaking to bring the frame rate up. It is also close enough, ish, to the RTX 3070 that if your budget is extremely tight then you'll expect to have to make some settings adjustments to give you the smoothest game play. Very few of us have ever had the system to be able to just stick everything on full and play.

The RTX 3060 Ti FE requires you to change fewer settings than ever before to get buttery smooth game play in any title around, and we think that is the biggest string to its bow. It's a sub £400 card that acts like a card costing twice the price just a generation ago. If your budget is strict then you can't get more gaming prowess for your money, bang for buck if you like, from anything else around. At this price it makes them a whole lot more accessible - lets hope they actually have enough stock they don't all sell out in 10 minutes again.

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01-12-2020, 09:34:10

KingNosser
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.Quote

01-12-2020, 10:21:44

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by KingNosser View Post
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.
Definitely sounds like the 3060Ti would better suit you than a 6800. It'd be a phenomenal 1080p card.


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

01-12-2020, 10:28:50

AlienALX
Will be good when you can get these. Does make a mockery of the 3070, especially with it lacking VRAM.

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

01-12-2020, 10:34:05

KingNosser
Yep as a 1080p budget card this is really good value, given the choice I'd have this over a 3070, but i'll see in january no idea what i'll be able to get or when atm, been checking sites for the last month never seen the buy now button even if i had the money.

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

18-12-2020, 09:23:45

MiNo
Saying the performance will blow you away if you are on 1080ti is perhaps a bit much.

Like Witcher in 1440p : it's a 10 FPS difference. from 95 to 105. About the same elsewhere. I hardly feel a breeze.Quote
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