GPU Comparision: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 vs RTX 3060 Ti

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 vs RTX 3060 Ti

The GeForce RTX 3060 completes Nvidia’s mid-range offering. This graphics card is once again aimed at gamers equipped with WQHD / QHD monitors or those who wish to play in Full HD with a high frame rate.

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a mid-range graphics card that targets gamers with WQHD monitors. For this, it offers performance close to that of the RTX 2080 Super for a price split.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Pros and Cons

RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
Performance in 1080pPerformance in 1440p
DLSS now developedDLSS now developed
Decent performance in raytracingDecent performance in raytracing
Nvidia software ecosystemHDMI 2.1 video output
Nothing specialEfficient cooling system
The lower value for money4K performance isn’t too great

General Info

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
GPU ModelNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Stream Processors3584 CUDA Cores4864 CUDA Cores
InterfacePCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16
Supported APIsDirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.6
DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.6

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

The GPU used on the GeForce RTX 3060. For that, we refer you to our test of the GeForce RTX 3080, which details the subject. However, we will focus on what makes up the chip of this graphics card.

Nvidia has chosen here to use a new version of its Ampere chips. We thus find a GA106 instead of the GA104 used on the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, for example. Smaller, this graphics processor is satisfied with a surface of 276 mm² accommodating 13.3 billion transistors engraved in 8 nm.

Enough to accommodate 3,584 units intended for classic rendering (CUDA Cores), 112 units dedicated to texture management, or 48 rendering units (ROPs). In terms of specific units, Nvidia has chosen to keep only 28 blocks for raytracing (RT Cores) and 112 blocks for inference (Tensor Cores). The latter is used in particular to apply DLSS in compatible games.

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With an energy envelope of 170 watts – that’s 5 watts less than the GeForce RTX 2060 Super – Nvidia seems to have a little margin on the operating frequency of the graphics chip. This is given for a higher GPU Boost value than on the higher models, with 1777 MHz on average and a base frequency of 1320 MHz.

Surprisingly enough, we find on the GeForce RTX 3060 no less than 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, which is 4 GB more than on the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070. The reason is quite simple: by choosing to use a 192-bit memory bus, NVIDIA could globally address 6 or 12 GB of memory. By choosing 6 GB, the firm would have restricted its graphics card capabilities in heavily loaded games, especially those using raytraced rendering. This memory operates at 1875 MHz and thus delivers a meager bandwidth of 360 GB / s.

RTX 3060 Ti

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU. We have already addressed this subject in a dedicated file and the test of the GeForce RTX 3080. Instead, we will quickly review the different characteristics of the graphics chip used, the GA104.

The heart of this graphics card is the same as that of the superior model, the GeForce RTX 3070. We find the GPU of 392.5 mm² and its 17.4 billion transistors, representing a nice evolution compared to the GP104 chip. GeForce RTX 2080 Super, for example (545 mm² for 13.6 billion transistors).

Nvidia has nevertheless adjusted the number of computing units activated. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti offers 4,864 classic calculation units (CUDA Cores, for rasterization ), 152 units dedicated to textures, and 80 rendering blocks. In addition, there are 152 units for AI (3rd generation Tensor Cores) and 38 units for raytraced rendering (2nd generation RT Cores).

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Nothing fancy about the operating frequencies: the base frequency is 1410 MHz, and the average GPU Boost frequency is advertised at 1665 MHz, which is slightly lower than the rest of the RTX 30 series (≈ 1710 MHz). All this is given for a power consumption of 200 watts (TGP, that is to say, the total consumption of the card), a reduction of 50 watts compared to the RTX 2080 Super.

And as on the RTX 3070, here we find classic graphics memory, GDDR6 type. These 8 GB operate at 1750 MHz on a 256-bit bus. This results in a bandwidth of 448 GB / s, a value that is now usual.

Memory Support

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
GPU Clock Rate1320 MHz1410 MHz
GPU Boost Clock Rate1777 MHz1665 MHz
Memory Speed15 Gb/s14 Gb/s
Memory Configuration12 GB8 GB
Memory InterfaceGDDR6GDDR6
Memory Interface Width192-Bit256-Bit
Memory Bandwidth360 GB/s448 GB/s

Display Support

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
Display Connectors3 x DisplayPort 1.4a
2 x HDMI 2.1
3 x DisplayPort 1.4a
2 x HDMI 2.1
Maximum Digital Resolution7680 x 43207680 x 4320
Dimensions301 x 143 mm 2 Slots134 x 275 x 69 mm
Weight1.69 kg1.81 kg
Cooler TypeOpen FansinkOpen Fansink

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

On the Evga GeForce RTX 3060 XC, the average frequency in games is 1875 MHz in 1440p. As always, this can go up or down depending on the definition and the game used. Still, this frequency is fairly representative of what can be found on the market, to around fifty megahertz depending on the references.

The GeForce RTX 3060 in games. First of all, it offers solid performance in Full HD, with speeds always greater than 70 fps and often greater than 100 fps in the games of our test panel. This offers performance very slightly better than that of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super (+ 2%) and 13% better than that of the classic GeForce RTX 2060. We are also faced with performance similar to that offered by the GeForce RTX 2070.

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RTX 3060 Ti

Placed in a closed tower, Nvidia’s graphics card stabilizes its GPU at around 1845 MHz in 4K. As always, this value will vary depending on the display definition and the load demanded by the games. At peak, the card reaches nearly 1990 MHz for a few seconds.

Power Requirements

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
PCI Power Connectors1 x 8-Pin1 x 8-Pin
Power Requirement750 W750 W

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

The noise pollution will depend on the graphics card, and more particularly on its cooling system. As the power consumption of the graphics card is contained, there is no doubt that some manufacturers will be able to produce relatively discrete systems. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the Evga GeForce RTX 3060 XC, whose ventilation is clearly audible. The 42.5 dB (A) measured are not deafening, far from it, but we are now used to better. On the other hand, the ventilation stops completely when the card is at rest, which is appreciable.

Clearly cut for raytraced gaming with its 12 GB of graphics memory – rather than 6 GB – the GeForce RTX 3060 is a perfect graphics card for playing in Full HD or QHD. In these definitions, any game works admirably, with the help of DLSS. However, in the most difficult cases. If the classic games are, most of the time, clearly to the advantage of the Radeon RX 6700 XT, the Nvidia card, however, exceeds that of AMD in the games exploiting this sacrosanct raytracing. The Nvidia software offer is also rich, with systems for optimizing latency in games (Nvidia Reflex), for managing and optimizing games (GeForce Experience). A whole bunch of tools intended for streaming.

RTX 3060 Ti

Nvidia has once again introduced a system that allows ventilation to be completely cut off when the card is resting. A temperature accompanies an absence of noise kept below 40 ° C. In games, both fans become audible (38.1 dB (A)), but not really disturbing. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition should be placed in the category of rather discreet graphics cards. The graphics chip is kept at 76 ° C, a really decent value – this type of component can take over 85 ° C.

Nvidia gives birth here to a graphics card that could well hit the mark in the mid-range. And this all the more so since it is accompanied by the entire software ecosystem of the brand: the Reflex, Broadcast (for streamers), or even RTX IO latency reduction system, which will roll out in 2021 speed up the processing time. Loading video games, much like the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles do.