Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti FE and Gigabyte Eagle Review
So far all of the Nvidia 4000 series cards have proven to be an unqualified success. It doesn’t matter which card you go for, you’ll be getting the kind of performance, in every title, that will leave you grinning. We know that purchasing something as expensive as a graphics card is a mighty investment, and you never want to be left wondering exactly what your outlay has got you that you didn’t have before. Until now it didn’t matter what game you wanted to play, or what setup you had, you could grab one of the 4000 series and be pleased with your purchase.
The RTX 4060 Ti is still good, but it’s the kind of card that represents the tipping point where you have to have some qualifiers and caveat emptors that weren’t there on the 4080 or similar. Price wise the RTX 4060 Ti comes in at around the same MSRP as the RTX 3060 Ti had at launch, and there is something of a performance increase just from raw hardware over that card, somewhere around the 8% mark. Not really enough to justify the outlay, particularly if funds are tight. Of course if you’re running a RTX 2060 then you’ll be blown away at how much faster the new card can run.
Where the waters get cloudier, or at least where you need to pay closer attention, is exactly what you’re planning to play on the RTX 4060 Ti. If it’s a title that relies solely upon hardware horsepower, such as Horizon Zero Dawn, then you could come away from this latest Nvidia offering feeling a little disappointed. Certainly in comparison to the feelings we got once we’d finished with the RTX 4080 or even RTX 4070 Ti. But, and it’s a big, world pie-eating champion sized but, if your title of choice supports DLSS 3 then the difference between the 4000 cards and the 3000 ones is stark.
Now we know that it’s difficult to say that the RTX 4060 Ti is a bad card as such, because it allows you to run those games which do support the newest Nvidia DLSS 3 and FrameGen technologies in all the buttery-smoothness you could hope to see. It’s just that the list of DLSS 3 games isn’t massive, and certainly there are some notable omissions, so if you’re going to be just relying on the amount of oomph the card has just as it is, then you really need to pay close attention to the card you already own and how the RTX 4060 Ti compares.
Clearly if you’re looking to start your Gaming PC owning journey and want to do so without getting on your knees in front of your bank manager, then the RTX 4060 Ti is a great starting place. If you already own a recent-ish graphics card and have specific games in mind, then you need to look a little closer at the nitty-gritty of things, which is a first for the 4000 series of Nvidia cards which have, until now, been wholehearted recommendations. If you have got a PC already then the Gigabyte Eagle and its use of the PCIe 8 pin power input might be enough to tip the balance towards that rather than the new-fangled power connector on the Nvidia card. The RTX 4060 Ti is still good, though we’re just reaching the point where Nvidia have trimmed the hardware to fit a price point so much it’s not the quantum leap forwards that the other cards in the Ada Lovelace range have been when compared to extant cards.