After launching three models under its new RTX 30 series, NVIDIA now presents the fourth member of the series. As suggested by the name, it fits under the RTX 3070 launched in late October. Thanks to the new Ampere architecture, the new RTX 3060 Ti is considered faster than the previous generation of GeForce RTX 2080 Super and offers excellent performance for 1080p and 1440p games.
The RTX 3060 can be seen as a replacement for the RTX 2060 Super, but in terms of specifications it is a similar version of the RTX 3070. It supports real-time ray tracing, Deep learning super sampling (DLSS) and NVIDIA RTX apps. The new GPU includes 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a 256-bit memory interface. The board has a clock at 1410 Mhz, with a boost clock of 1665 Mhz. The GPU also includes 4,864 CUDA cores (double the RTX 2060 Super), 152 Tensor cores, 38 second generation Ray Tracing cores, and 152 texture units.
Overall, the Founder Edition board is similar to the RTX 3070 with a dual slot design with two fans, one for suction and one for expelling hot air. It also comes with a new 12-pin power connector that NVIDIA has pushed on all of its new GPUs. It can absorb up to 200 W of power and a 600 W power supply is therefore recommended for this card.
According to NVIDIA's numbers, the RTX 3060 Ti performed on par with last year's RTX 2080 Super. In particular, it is priced at $399 for the Founders Edition version. Partners including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac are expected to start shipping units starting today December 2nd.
We hope that this time NVIDIA can maintain stocks and face scalpers unlike how it did with the other cards in the RTX 30 series. We expect partners to price the new RTX 3060 Ti around $500.
It will also be interesting to see how consumers will react to the new board in light of AMD's Radeon RX 6000 GPUs.