MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio Review 4

MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

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The MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio is the company's top custom-design rendition of the new RTX 3060 Ti Ampere graphics processor by NVIDIA. The MSI card features a mammoth custom-design cooling solution originally designed for GPUs from a segment above, which lets it run the fans at whisper-quiet speeds. The Gaming X Trio brand from MSI also represents the best from the company in terms of aesthetics, with this card featuring a vast set of RGB LED embellishments, including one that runs along the top edge of the card, where it's most visible.

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is designed by NVIDIA to offer maxed out gaming at 1440p resolution with RTX raytracing enabled. Real-time raytracing remains the final frontier of 3D graphics and is out of reach for consumer computing, but NVIDIA devised a way to combine traditional raster 3D graphics with certain real-time raytraced elements, such as reflections, lighting, shadows, and illumination. Even these few effects are heavily taxing on the GPU, and the previous RTX 20-series GPUs experience massive performance drops with RTX enabled. The Ampere architecture is designed to minimize the performance impact of RTX by significantly increasing the compute muscle, which means raster 3D performance is naturally up. NVIDIA claims that the RTX 3060 Ti is faster than the $700 RTX 2080 Super from the previous generation, which should mark a massive price-to-performance increase.



The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is based on the same 8 nm "GA104" Ampere silicon as the RTX 3070, though is heavily cut down. NVIDIA enabled 38 out of 48 streaming multiprocessors physically present on the GPU, which work out to 4,864 CUDA cores being enabled, along with 152 Tensor cores, 38 RT cores, 158 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. The memory sub-system is the same as on the RTX 3070, with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14 Gbps over a 256-bit wide memory interface, which works out to 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The 2nd generation RTX technology combines new "Ampere" CUDA cores with concurrent FP32+INT32 math performance, faster 2nd generation RT cores with fixed-function hardware for the new raytraced motion-blur effect; and 3rd generation Tensor core, which leverages sparsity to significantly improve AI inference performance.

As mentioned, the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is the most premium custom-design RTX 3060 Ti offering by MSI. It offers a 1830 MHz rated boost clock, 80 MHz over the reference design 1665 MHz. The cooling solution is three slots thick and much longer than the PCB underneath, letting air from the third fan flow right through. MSI is pricing the Gaming X Trio at $470, a $70 premium over the $400 baseline price. In this review, we explore whether the price increase and factory overclock, along with this massive cooling solution, make up for the increased price.

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
MSI RTX 3060 Ti
Gaming X Trio
$4704864801410 MHz1830 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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