Much like its bigger brothers, the RTX 3060 Ti will be available thru MicroCenter and Best Buy in the US and BestBuy.com in Canada. While that may be sad for people in other regions, we’ve seen folks in Asia managing to get their hands on these cards regardless. Focusing on performance, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition jumps way ahead of its RTX 2060 Super predecessor, offering performance rivaling if not surpassing the RTX 2080 Super. At $399, this sees the xx60 class now elevated to its highest pricing to date but with no non-Ti variant insight, this remains to be seen where NVIDIA will be taking mainstream pricing as of this card’s release.
We also have the ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC and ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3060 Ti OC for this launch.
Many gamers now are looking at 1440p 144hz or higher as their main gaming resolution, moving away from 1080p. With the exception of some FPS esports players, 1080p144 should be the minimum gaming experience with modern 360Hz monitors pushing the resolution further in terms of responsiveness. We’ve particularly put a heavy esports focus on our benchmarks as a large proportion of our audience play these games and with graphics cards serving as a long-term investment for many mid-tier builds, I felt it was largely important starting with the RTX 3060 Ti. Given the new pricing segmentation the PC industry is following, the nudging the $300 buyers to push further will require further convincing.
That said, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti is a performance success for me but I feel we need to see what NVIDIA does with an RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 before we can probably come up with a proper conclusion in terms of its price: performance offer. Still, we see >90FPS at 1080p in AAA titles and esports games maintaining at least 120FPS at this resolution. Of course dialing back settings will greatly improve performance, especially for higher resolutions.
Focusing the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, I’m not gonna criticize it due to its regional limitation but I will point out that NVIDIA needs to address the demand for these cards, the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition card themselves as well as most other FEs in the stack. The GPUs themselves are another issue altogether but as we see supplies increasing day-to-day, which is nice to see.
NVIDIA clearly has something good with their new Founders Edition cooler for it to have much of the success it has today. That success continues with the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. Sharing a same-style cooler as the RTX 3070 which performs great, this in turn provides good cooling to the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition as well. Much of the appeal of this card boils down to looks, pricing, performance offering and software ecosystem.
NVIDIA has had a headstart against AMD in terms of planting the seeds for a software ecosystem and with many streamers now heavily reliant on NVIDIA NVENC encoding, NVIDIA Broadcast and GeForce Experience, many of NVIDIA’s proprietary technology will soon see them growing roots like RTX IO and Reflex. The big difference maker here is DLSS. Like it or hate it, it works and works enough to the point it helps in furthering adoption of raytracing particularly in AAA titles. This entire ecosystem of tools and software features has made streamers and content creators gravitate towards NVIDIA and its going to be tough removing this group on the significant population of users dependent on these features.
All in all, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition is good card and its good cooling and smaller form makes it ideal for even smaller builds. Notice that I don’t use the word great when referring to the cooling. Reason is I feel they could’ve adapted shrunk this card further by pursuing a single fan version. Regardless, the new Ampere GPUs are easy to cool despite what most cards will tell you given their more sizable coolers. The Founders Edition is still a highly coveted card and NVIDIA has made it a point to make a statement this generation. The previous Founders Edition all the way back to the GTX 500 series were horrendously subpar but this new-gen blowthrough cooler marks the most custom card NVIDIA has ever made on its own and could effectively provide the best cooling all the way down to an RTX 3050, if NVIDIA decides for it to exist. For now, the RTX 3060 Ti is one Ti card down the list, filling in the $100 gap to the RTX 3070.