We have with us the Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC, the company's premium custom-design graphics card based on NVIDIA's swanky new RTX 3060 Ti Ampere performance-segment GPU. The Palit GamingPro OC combines the RTX 3060 Ti with a powerful triple-slot cooling solution meant for a segment above, which aims to trade cooling performance for lower noise. As the most affordable RTX 30-series GPU at launch, the RTX 3060 Ti Ampere is designed to bring the 2nd generation RTX technology to a wider audience.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is designed to introduce 1440p gaming with RTX real-time raytracing enabled, as well as 1080p e-sports gaming with high refresh-rates of 144 Hz. NVIDIA is comparing the RTX 3060 Ti to the previous-generation RTX 2080 Super, a $700 graphics card that fits this bill exactly. The GeForce Ampere architecture heralds NVIDIA's 2nd generation RTX real-time raytracing technology, which combines traditional raster 3D with raytraced elements, such as lighting, reflections, shadows, and global illumination, and with Ampere, even raytraced motion-blur.
NVIDIA carved the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ampere out of the same 8 nm GA104 silicon as the RTX 3070 by enabling 38 out of 48 streaming multiprocessors. This works out to 4,864 Ampere CUDA cores, 152 3rd generation Tensor cores, 38 2nd generation RT cores, 152 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. It features the same 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit memory interface as the RTX 3070. The 2nd generation RTX combines new Ampere CUDA cores that offer concurrent FP32+INT32 math operations with 2nd generation RT cores, which offer higher BVH traversal and intersection performance, along with new hardware that enabled 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 by an order of magnitude.
The Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1800 MHz (compared to the 1665 MHz reference). This is backed by a close-to-reference custom board design that pulls power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors and looks to have been carried over from the company's RTX 3070-based GamingPro product. The cooling solution features a pair of aluminium fin-stack heatsinks with four nickel-plated copper heat pipes, which are ventilated by a trio of 90 mm fans. Palit is unsure about the actual market pricing of the RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC, but expect it to be around $440 or $450, possibly higher depending on the supply situation. I used $450 for the charts in this review.
|RTX 2060||$300||1920||48||1365 MHz||1680 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|RX 5700||$330||2304||64||1465 MHz||1625 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|GTX 1080||$330||2560||64||1607 MHz||1733 MHz||1251 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit|
|RTX 2060 Super||$380||2176||64||1470 MHz||1650 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 64||$400||4096||64||1247 MHz||1546 MHz||953 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1080 Ti||$650||3584||88||1481 MHz||1582 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|RX 5700 XT||$370||2560||64||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070||$340||2304||64||1410 MHz||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070 Super||$450||2560||64||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Radeon VII||$680||3840||64||1802 MHz||N/A||1000 MHz||Vega 20||13230M||16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit|
|RTX 2080||$600||2944||64||1515 MHz||1710 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$690||3072||64||1650 MHz||1815 MHz||1940 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3060 Ti||$400||4864||80||1410 MHz||1665 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Palit RTX 3060 Ti|
|$450||4864||80||1410 MHz||1800 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Ti||$1000||4352||88||1350 MHz||1545 MHz||1750 MHz||TU102||18600M||11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit|
|RTX 3070||$500||5888||96||1500 MHz||1725 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800||$580||3840||96||1815 MHz||2105 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||23000M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800 XT||$650||4608||128||2015 MHz||2250 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||23000M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3080||$700||8704||96||1440 MHz||1710 MHz||1188 MHz||GA102||28000M||10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit|