ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge Review 14

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge Review

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Introduction

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ZOTAC today introduced its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge graphics card, which leads the company's lean lineup of custom-design Ampere graphics cards based on this GPU. ZOTAC's strategy with performance-segment graphics cards has been to create frugal and compact graphics cards it can sell at prices close to the NVIDIA baseline. Frugal doesn't necessarily mean "cheap" as ZOTAC offers a free extended warranty upon product registration that is longer than most other brands' warranties. The RTX 3060 Ti Ampere is NVIDIA's most affordable GPU launched for this generation thus far and targets a much wider audience with its $400 starting price. It is designed to offer 1440p AAA gaming with raytracing. It's also designed to offer e-sports gaming at 1080p at higher refresh-rates, such as 144 Hz.

Much of the innovation with Ampere has been to make RTX-enabled gaming a lot more playable since real-time raytracing puts a heavy performance impact on your hardware. A by-product of this approach is that non-RTX (traditional raster 3D) performance is significantly higher for this generation, with NVIDIA claiming that the RTX 3060 Ti beats the previous-generation RTX 2080 Super, a $700 graphics card meant for exactly the same use-cases as this card. The GeForce Ampere architecture introduces NVIDIA's 2nd generation RTX technology that combines traditional raster 3D with raytraced elements, such as lighting, reflections, shadows, and global illumination; and with Ampere, even raytraced motion-blur.



The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is carved out of the same GA104 silicon as the recently launched RTX 3070, but with less of the chip enabled. It features 38 out of 48 Ampere streaming multiprocessors present on the chip, resulting in a CUDA core count of 4,864, more than double the 2,176 CUDA cores found on the RTX 2060 Super, which this GPU is designed to succeed. This also yields 152 Tensor cores, 38 RT cores, 152 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. The RTX 3060 Ti is endowed with the same exact memory configuration as the RX 3070, with 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface. This configuration results in 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The 2nd generation RTX technology combines new Ampere CUDA cores with concurrent FP32+INT32 math operations, 2nd generation RT cores with double the intersection performance and hardware for raytraced motion-blur effects; and 3rd generation Tensor cores that leverage DNN sparsity to increase AI inference performance significantly.

The ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge is strictly two slots thick and full-height for maximum compatibility. There isn't any RGB bling, nothing too flashy. This card is targeted at gamers who just want an RTX 3060 Ti for its main use, to install and forget about. Keeping with the theme of maximum compatibility, the ZOTAC Twin Edge is among the few custom-design RTX 3060 Ti that comes with a single 8-pin PCIe power input, which should be more than sufficient for this GPU as its typical board power is rated at 200 W. The Zotac Twin Edge ticks at reference clocks and power limit. In this review, we put the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge through its paces to tell you whether this is all you need for 1440p RTX gaming.

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
Zotac RTX 3060 Ti
Twin Edge
$4004864801410 MHz1665 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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