Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review 6

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review

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Graphics Card Temperatures

Temperature & Noise Comparison
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC41°CFan Stop58°C33 dBA1737 RPM
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC (Quiet BIOS)41°CFan Stop61°C29 dBA1380 RPM
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro43°CFan Stop62°C35 dBA1835 RPM
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro (Silent BIOS)48°CFan Stop67°C31 dBA1533 RPM
MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio43°CFan Stop68°C29 dBA1227 RPM
NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti FE39°CFan Stop73°C30 dBA1752 RPM
Palit RTX 3060 Ti Gaming Pro OC46°CFan Stop70°C34 dBA1884 RPM
ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge30°C30 dBA72°C42 dBA2569 RPM
Testing notes & interpretation
  • GPU temperatures listed here are based on GPU-Z measurements of the on-chip temperature sensor.
  • We report these GPU temperatures under a constant load for ease of comparison, as well as an idle state most end users will experience often. This combination helps dictate cooling needs and provides context for how well the thermal solution performs.
  • Please note that GPU temperature is contingent on a variety of factors. Some, including clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances, are beyond the control of the end user. Others, such as ambient temperature, case design, and airflow pathway affecting the GPU, can be mitigated to certain extents.
  • The data in the table above shows results for similar cards, achieved in identical conditions during previous TechPowerUp reviews.

Fan Noise

Noise Testing Details

In past years, gamers would accept everything for a little bit more performance. Nowadays, users are more aware of their graphics card's fan noise and power consumption.

In order to properly test how much noise a card's fan emits, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 2236 sound-level meter (~$4,000). It has the measurement range and accuracy we are looking for.

Fan Noise Measurement Setup

The tested graphics card is installed in a system that does not emit any noise on its own, using a passive PSU, passive CPU cooler, passive cooling on the motherboard, and a solid state drive. Noise results of other cards on this page are measurements of the respective reference design.

This setup allows us to eliminate secondary noise sources and test only the video card. To be more compliant with standards like DIN 45635 (we are not claiming to be fully DIN 45635 certified), the measurement is conducted at a distance of 100 cm and 160 cm off the floor. Ambient background noise inside the room was well below 20 dBA for all measurements. Please note that the dBA scale is not linear but logarithmic. 40 dBA is not twice as loud as 20 dBA since a 6 dBA increase results in double the sound pressure. The human hearing perception is a bit different, and it is generally accepted that a 10 dBA increase doubles the perceived sound level. 3D load noise levels are tested with a stressful game, not with Furmark.

Just like the Founders Edition, the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti has fan stop, which is ideal for keeping system noise levels low outside of gaming as the fans shut down completely.

Gaming noise levels with the default "OC" BIOS are quite high. It seems Gigabyte wanted to focus on low temperature with that BIOS. Personally, I think a better balance would be more useful for gamers, but alright. The "silent" BIOS is definitely quieter with still very good temperatures of 67°C, but noise levels that are higher than the FE—not exactly "silent." This is a missed opportunity. Gigabyte has a great cooler as the next page shows. Had they allowed temperatures above 70°C, they could have made the silent BIOS truly silent.

Fan Noise Idle
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