Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review 6

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review

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Introduction

GIGABYTE Logo

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

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

The Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro is a very long design using standard PCIe-slot height, which will be useful in height-limited cases. The cooler shroud and backplate are made out of plastic.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 29 x 11.5 cm, and it weighs 964 g.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include two standard DisplayPort 1.4a and two HDMI 2.1. Interestingly, the USB-C port for VR headsets, which NVIDIA introduced on the Turing Founders Editions, has been removed—guess it didn't take off as planned. The DisplayPort 1.4a outputs support Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which lets you connect 4K displays at 120 Hz and 8K displays at 60 Hz. Ampere can drive two 8K displays at 60 Hz with just one cable per display.

Ampere is the first GPU to support HDMI 2.1, which increases bandwidth to 48 Gbps to support higher resolutions, like 4K144 and 8K30, with a single cable. With DSC, this goes up to 4K240 and 8K120. NVIDIA's new NVENC/NVDEC video engine is optimized to handle video tasks with minimal CPU load. The highlight here is added support for AV1 decode. Just like on Turing, you may also decode MPEG-2, VC1, VP8, VP9, H.264, and H.265 natively, at up to 8K@12-bit.

The encoder is identical to Turing. It supports H.264, H.265, and lossless at up to 8K@10-bit.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Unlike the Founders Edition, which uses the NVIDIA 12-pin power connector, Gigabyte uses standard PCIe power plugs. The card uses one 8-pin and one 6-pin power input, which are specified to provide up to 300 W combined.


Gigabyte is including a dual-BIOS feature with their card. You may switch to the silent BIOS for reduced noise output. Looks like the backplate was designed by a different team than the PCB—there's quite some distance between the label and the switch.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti does not support SLI. Only the RTX 3090 has very limited SLI support.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

Gigabyte's thermal solution uses five heatpipes. The main heatsink not only cools the GPU, but also provides cooling for memory chips and VRM circuitry.


The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling. Note how Gigabyte included a modular power plug assembly here. It can easily be swapped out for a dual 8-pin, or anything else for other cards using the same PCB design.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

These pictures are for the convenience of volt modders and people who would like to see all the finer details on the PCB. Feel free to link back to us and use these in your articles or forum posts.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back


High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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