Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC Review 1

Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC Review

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Introduction

Palit Logo

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.

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
Palit RTX 3060 Ti
GamingPro OC
$4504864801410 MHz1800 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 Palit RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC is a very long design of standard PCIe-slot height, which will be useful for height-limited cases. The cooler shroud and backplate are made out of plastic.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 29.5 x 11.5 cm, and it weighs 1029 g.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and one 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, Palit uses standard PCIe power plugs. The card uses two 8-pin power inputs, which are specified to provide up to 375 W combined.

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

Palit's thermal solution uses four 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 plastic and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.

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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