Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review 6

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review

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Introduction

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The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro is the company's premium custom-design graphics card based on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti "Ampere" GPU being launched today. Gigabyte brings to the table its iconic WindForce 3X cooling solution, RGB Fusion illumination, and a custom-design PCB geared toward overclocking. The meaty triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution is surplus to the cooling requirements of the 200 W RTX 3060 Ti, and so it trades this surplus in for low noise. The RTX 3060 Ti "Ampere" is designed to cater to the widest gaming audience yet with its starting price of $400, enabling 1440p gaming with RTX raytracing. In addition, it's designed to play 1080p games at high refresh-rates of 144 Hz.

NVIDIA's design goal with the Ampere architecture has been to vastly improve raytracing performance over the previous generation, essentially making RTX-enabled gaming at the advertised framerate possible. The company is extensively marketing the RTX 3060 Ti as the previous-generation RTX 2080 Super, a $700 graphics card for this exact use case, at a much lower starting price of $400. The GeForce Ampere architecture heralds NVIDIA's 2nd generation RTX real-time raytracing technology that combines traditional raster 3D with raytraced elements, such as lighting, reflections, shadows, and global illumination.



The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is based on the same 8 nm GA104 silicon as the recently launched RTX 3070. NVIDIA enables 38 out of 48 streaming multiprocessors physically present on the GPU, amounting to 4,864 Ampere CUDA cores, 152 Tensor Cores, 38 RT cores, 152 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. It comes with the same 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory as the RTX 3070 over the same 256-bit wide memory bus. The 2nd generation RTX technology combines new Ampere CUDA cores that offer concurrent FP32+INT32 math capability with 2nd generation RT cores, which offer higher performance, along with new hardware that enables raytraced motion blur; and the new 3rd generation Tensor core that leverages the sparsity phenomenon in deep-learning neural nets to improve AI inference performance significantly. NVIDIA leverages AI for its RTX denoiser and its DLSS performance enhancement.

As mentioned, the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro features the latest generation of the company's WindForce 3X cooling solution with a compound aluminium fin-stack heatsink and trio of fans optimized for low lateral turbulence, and since the card is longer than the PCB, much of the airflow from one of the fans flows through the card and out of vents on the backplate. Gigabyte has overclocked the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro to 1770 MHz, compared to the 1665 MHz reference. In this review, we put the card through its paces to see whether we have a new 1440p performance champion. Just like last time, Gigabyte hasn't responded to our "pricing?" email yet. Their RTX 3070 Gaming OC Pro had an MSRP of $570, or +$70 over reference, a 12% increase. So I'll use $450 throughout this review, but will update once we have more information on pricing.

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3302304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$3302560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$3802176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$4004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti
Gaming OC Pro
$4504864801410 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$5803840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2123000M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$65046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2123000M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
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