NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review: Gaming, Thermals, Noise, & Power Benchmarks

Our review of the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition video card comes out after the AMD RX 6800, 6800 XT, and NVIDIA RTX 3070 (among others). Gaming benchmarks, noise, power, & more.
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Our review of the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti GPU is now live, in the form of the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. We have cards in from EVGA, ASUS, and other partners, but due to tight timelines for end of year content, we're not sure when or if we'll get to all of them. We have a number of RX 6800 GPUs that we're interested in reviewing first. Either way, today, we need to test the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti. Our benchmarks include some light thermal testing with auto VBIOS settings on the FE card, overclocking, gaming tests for "standard" graphics, hybrid rendering and ray tracing performance, power consumption testing, and more. We kept this review much simpler than some of our other video card reviews recently, but it still covers just about everything. If you're curious about Smart Access Memory performance on the AMD cards, check out our RX 6800 XT review.


Watch our AMD RX 6800 XT GPU review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVGL7aAYgY
GPU TESTING METHODOLOGY EXPLAINER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P7-ML-bPCE

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 - NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti GPU vs. RX 6800, RTX 3070, & More
04:47 - GPU Frequency Testing on NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti
05:22 - RTX 3060 Ti vs. 3070, 3080 Frequency
06:16 - Thermal & Fan RPM Response
07:29 - Noise Levels & Fan Speeds
08:03 - Overclock Stepping Table
09:58 - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (4K, 1440p, 1080p)
12:18 - Red Dead Redemption 2 GPU Benchmarks (3060 Ti, 3070, 6800, et al.)
14:17 - Vulkan vs. DirectX 12 Scaling on 3060 Ti
14:50 - Three Kingdoms Dx12 (4K, 1440p, 1080p)
17:14 - Horizon Zero Dawn (4K, 1080p)
18:03 - GTA V
18:39 - Even More Game Benchmarks
18:52 - RT Games - Tomb Raider
20:26 - RT Games - Control
21:58 - RT Games - Minecraft
23:52 - RT Games - Quake II
24:45 - Power Benchmarks
26:17 - Conclusion

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Editorial, Testing: Steve Burke
Additional Testing: Patrick Lathan, Keegan Gallick
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman

100+ komentarze:

Gamers Nexus
Gamers Nexus:
This card theoretically goes up on retailers tomorrow, 12/2. ERRATA: Chart at 23:19 has a typo in it. The 3070 outperforms the 3060 Ti, obviously. Sorry about that typo. That's it for now! We'll work on the 6900XT soon enough. Sleep for now.
RandomGaminginHD
RandomGaminginHD:
Out of stock before I finished thinking "wait, the 3060Ti exists?"
Chris de Bruin
Chris de Bruin:
"The prices are all made up and don't matter" - Whose GPU is it anyway.
Josh Farmer
Josh Farmer:
Steve: "We're gonna keep this review simple"
*Uploads 32 min review*

Never change fellas.
Matheus Duque
Matheus Duque:
A moment of silence for Steve's sleep schedule, this man works way more hours than we deserve,
Anonymous Commentator
Anonymous Commentator:
Cant wait to see more "currently not available" buttons in shops🔥
Auxityne
Auxityne:
3060 is probably the year you'll be able to actually buy one, too.
Azratosh
Azratosh:
"Babe, it's 4 PM! Time for another GPU review!"

Steve: "Yes honey"
quikgamer
quikgamer:
The "Out of stock" image is burned into my retinas.
First Name Last Name
First Name Last Name:
The south park banker meme of "aaaaaaaaaand its gone" meme literally applies to every single card sold this year
SteelSkin667
SteelSkin667:
"Steve, we heard you spent one whole day working on something that's not a silicon product review. Included is our new RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards, review embargo is December 1st. XOXO, Jensen"
Underdog Rising
Underdog Rising:
The fact the 3060 Ti performs just as good as the 2080 S is actually really impressive.
Peter deWolf
Peter deWolf:
"We can't supply our current line of cards, so, let's offer another card, too"...?
Adrian Schembri
Adrian Schembri:
"The prices are made up and don't matter" - paraphrasing Whose Line is it Anyway? :P
N.S.A.
N.S.A.:
It’s understandable the cards being scarce. Mithrill is a hard substance to work with in modern GPUs.
BlindDead
BlindDead:
"400$ video card" As of 1hr after release is now an 750-800$ video card because of scalpers.
umeng2002
umeng2002:
"On the market." That's a bit optimistic even for tech Jesus.
hlm666
hlm666:
Steve and GN team, just wanted to say thanks for including RT performance and not completely focusing on it or brushing it off. It's easier for a viewer to ignore data that doesn't interest them than it is for someone to have to search down other reviews to find missing data they are interested in. I understand it is more work for you guys though so thanks again, appreciate the effort.
Cbaha
Cbaha:
I guess this chunk of air from Nvidia competed with this gust of wind from AMD. Interesting...
Grem Five
Grem Five:
This year wasnt filled with paper launches it was filled with youtube launches.
Túrin'sBane
Túrin'sBane:
I appreciate the fact that you guys factor DLSS into the benchmarks. Makes no sense when reviewers keep it off to have a 'fair' comparison since it's absolutely a perk of modern nvidia cards.
Ghalvz
Ghalvz:
Nvidia should do a launch where gpu's like this cost 900 dollars and 3 months later drop them to 400 to burn all the scalpers lol
orochikaiba
orochikaiba:
I've been on a waiting list for this card for the last month
gede dimas
gede dimas:
Welcome back to another episode of “things you cant buy”
oldsk00l
oldsk00l:
LTT: Merry Christmas Scalpers

GN: The prices are made up and don't matter.

No chill, lol, love it.
MinisterOfBetrayal
MinisterOfBetrayal:
Finally a card in my price range, not that I want to buy any new stuff, it's just interesting to see the performance available for this price.
Fernando Flores
Fernando Flores:
2:26 could have just stopped at "since were so close to the end" :(
Venom415
Venom415:
Can't wait to see the 60 series cards costing the price I got my 1070 during the mining price hike.. (has flashback to when my 660 cost $200) those were better times 😭
Suspicious Rainforest
Suspicious Rainforest:
I didn’t even know this was coming out yet. This is all so fast. I thought people were still having rumors about it.
Diamond Ninja4
Diamond Ninja4:
Definitely keep the non-DLSS tests in for comparison, especially since AMD doesn't have their "DLSS" yet.
It is I who Nuts to That
It is I who Nuts to That:
Scalpers selling a $400 card for $900:
People in a need for an upgrade: This is absurd
People from third world countries: First time?
Flo Grauper
Flo Grauper:
6:26 „When it comes to a new FE card though, since it’s essentially launching in a vacuum“ That sounds terrible for cooling. Nvidia plz fix.
Jean D.
Jean D.:
Thank you for this review ! I'm trying to learn english by watching your videos
One of Many James-es
One of Many James-es:
I see we're back to the "Kill me now" stage of the GPU review cycle
Turboslang
Turboslang:
Great... 400$ 2nd hand 2080s incoming... Oh my, i am so happy :D Best move they could do for 2nd hand buyers ..also, I predict shit load of RTX users so.. more RTX games
Richard Torres
Richard Torres:
Tbh, getting tired of hearing about new GPUs when we can't even get our hands on the ones that are currently out.
the Gnome -_-
the Gnome -_-:
"We're gonna leave you the numbers and let you figure it out."🤣
YaBoiThor24
YaBoiThor24:
I can feel the stress Steve feels thru his voice. His tone reminded me of pre-2017 GN Steve
Drin
Drin:
Thing went out of stock before it was released man, idk why they allow pre orders when it already has such low stock
CVerse
CVerse:
Why is there a ginormous HDMI port on your desk
Mitchell Bartolo
Mitchell Bartolo:
Man Steve is so level headed when it comes to upgrading. It's so refreshing to hear.
Juan Delia
Juan Delia:
thanks for your dedicated time on doing these reviews! they have the needed level of detail, like a friend that has already been there, given you a sincere recommendation :)
Nafis Sajid
Nafis Sajid:
out of stock before my pc turns on
Matthew Streacker
Matthew Streacker:
omg this feels so random, thought we were getting it later
Thomas T
Thomas T:
"Price floor" the MSRP of the 2020s.
Gareth Fairclough
Gareth Fairclough:
Did I hear a "whose line is it anyway?" reference in the conclusion?
George Vadasis-Gkourlias
George Vadasis-Gkourlias:
Thanks for the honest review, once more :)
Ben Provost
Ben Provost:
@gamersnexus Curious, why do you bench three kingdoms for future scaling instead of metro exodus? (Which is just as demanding but also has ray tracing support for future proof testing?)
The Noob ReturnZ
The Noob ReturnZ:
Does anyone know any official aibs for the 3060 ti? I have a non modular psu so can't bother with a 12 pin lol. Also will the aibs launch tomorrow too? Or would it take about like a month or 2
ZYLX
ZYLX:
"Babe wake up! GN uploaded a review of the 3060"
RandomFinn
RandomFinn:
Please add Metro: Exodus and CoD MW for the ray tracing performance tests as they are both popular games and AMD cards perform well on them.
David VR
David VR:
after my calculation, we need around 1 Billion more different GPUs so that everyone can buy one, assuming Nvidia make 8 cards each, which i higly doubt.
(same for AMD)
Leaf
Leaf:
Without even watching the review, my guess is it's going to be like 5% less powerful than the 3070 that just came out, and like $50 less or something.
Bsh L
Bsh L:
"We'll keep this fairly simple in terms of review" checks video length, sees 32mins, ..., god bless you Steve :)
Bronson Jacque
Bronson Jacque:
“Because NVIDIA decided that there needs to be more products on the market... with GPUs in them.”
Brilliant dig.
Spreadie
Spreadie:
I've lost all interest in the latest gen cards - I'll come back and watch the reviews in a few months, when it's actually possible to buy one.
Sleelan
Sleelan:
"If you're trying to spend 400 dollars then I guess this is it. This is the one, *you can buy it* ."
Wouldn't be so sure about that last part
Seraph Smith
Seraph Smith:
:) still have my 2070s. And this makes me feel not as bad about it. :)
Seraph Smith
Seraph Smith:
:) still have my 2070s. And this makes me feel not as bad about it. :)
Thomas Giles
Thomas Giles:
I was considering upgrading from my 2060 KO, but this one doesn't seem like it can run Ray Tracing AND heat my apartment.
Ray Allen
Ray Allen:
Artic Liquid Freezer II 420 review waiting room
PlayerOneAndaHalf !
PlayerOneAndaHalf !:
Hey, thanks for the video and all the work you guys put into it. Whether I'm ready to upgrade or not, it's nice to know where things are in the industry instead of pondering blindly.
Ali The Alien
Ali The Alien:
I just came here for him to tear apart a gpu that I can't buy 🤣
Anthony Pelletier
Anthony Pelletier:
This the best value for price vaporware I've seen this year. Looking forward to never owning it!
Soupinator
Soupinator:
No wonder pricing is difficult to achieve when board partners are still doing 3 fan 2.5+ slot coolers at this tier.
Ziv Zulander
Ziv Zulander:
"you got the numbers, figure it out" should be the GN tagline
Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell:
Well they are already selling for the MSRP of the 3080, what a great value 😂😂
Ruppert The Great
Ruppert The Great:
this was helpful, thank you! Sticking with my 2070s for another 6 months at least. Hoping for more games with DLSS support.
Michael Hickham
Michael Hickham:
What time will it actually release so I can at least give it a shot?
Johnathan Era
Johnathan Era:
Here's the thing tho. You can sell a used 20 series card for damn near as much as this costs. 50 dollars for a new GPU is an impassable deal. Especially when said gpu is as great as the 3060ti.
CHAOSberg
CHAOSberg:
Yay another card that I won’t actually ever see in stock.
Edit: HOLY BALLS I GOT ONE DAY ONE, WHAT??
Thomas Uniat
Thomas Uniat:
Steve sitting their with a LN2 pot on a GPU talking away like nothing special is going on.... cant even focus on what he's saying.
Korlinni
Korlinni:
I can't wait for any of the 30 series to be in stock so I can replace my OC r9 280x. I think it's safe to say it'd be a worthwhile upgrade.
BigClur
BigClur:
STEVE!!! DID YOU GO BUY NEW SHOES!!! damn it man.. take a break lol
Alex McCauley
Alex McCauley:
That "Whose line is it anyway?" joke lol
Bingle, bangle, bungle I'm so happy in the Jungle
Bingle, bangle, bungle I'm so happy in the Jungle:
Welcome to another episode of "shit you can't buy at MSRP because of scalpers."
YouInVR
YouInVR:
You are the most professional reviewer and flood us with results and detailed info. Great channel seriously.
Maple Nation
Maple Nation:
I feel the need to upgrade from my 2060 super due to moving up from 1440p mostly, I want to start having the highest quality in 1440p so possibly a 3070?
neoqueto
neoqueto:
tl;dr: ok if budget is $400
K0vasz
K0vasz:
I was looking for a 1080p/RT/60fps card, and it seems a perfect choice. also, solid for 1440p in raster render. wish there would be some solid stocks, too :(
nikrusty
nikrusty:
28:43 "The prices are made up and don't matter" - Consumer economy at its finest!
Pedro Fernandes
Pedro Fernandes:
I’m still fine with my gtx 1080 FTW, still doing great at 1080p and 1440p.
Kain Kage
Kain Kage:
What about a Gtx 1660ti OC at 2100Mhz clock with stable and good temps? Worth the upgrade? i Think i would just go with a 6800 or 3070 anyway if i wanna upgrade.
Jose Nivardo Concepcion
Jose Nivardo Concepcion:
Great review for an imaginary product. xD
Cédric Zaman
Cédric Zaman:
I ordered this one in Belgium, got it the next day - mic drop
thugz bunny
thugz bunny:
I have a 970 and have had it since release. I'm going to upgrade my card to this when I can get a hold of it
Carlos Flores
Carlos Flores:
This is the 5 months I've been seeing you guys. I think I understand 60% of the info now!
Kronkberry
Kronkberry:
If I ever get my hands on one, this will definitely be replacing my GTX 970
AceOnBase1
AceOnBase1:
This guy sounds so salty about making this review lol
NivlekNivlek
NivlekNivlek:
Linus placed a aio with the tubes up in his msi givaway video, isnt this a big nono? hmmm
Chris R-Watts
Chris R-Watts:
All this review told me is that my 2080 super needs to go in the bin for 4K 😂
pmdelclaro1337
pmdelclaro1337:
Something that I really miss from these GPU reviews is pairing the cards with different CPUs, to check how much bottlenecking we can expect from lower end CPU, and at what point it this doesn't happen anymore.
Bucket Brush
Bucket Brush:
Nice to see AMD sitting at the top in some of the charts 👍
egs1505
egs1505:
I'll believe it when I can buy it
SuperNova SuperNova
SuperNova SuperNova:
Conclusion is "MEH" - Steve
Dash
Dash:
Finally, a worthy successor to my aging GTX 1060. I wish I could consider the inevitable 6700XT, but I need CUDA for work.
Given the new console specs this'll probably be the target GPU for at least the next 3 years.
chip coint
chip coint:
THank you Guys you give us SO MUCH info about cards and your charts ar so much easier to undrstand and read (compared to ltt for example).
A G
A G:
More theoretical graphic cards. I'm sure I will stumble on one of these some day. Wish I had a Microcenter somewhere around.
ĐȺɍꝁnɇss
ĐȺɍꝁnɇss:
Assuming I can beat the scalpers, might finally be upgrading my 1060
no name
no name:
My eyes hurts when I look at these cramped up graphs.