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

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.

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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

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