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Sunday, September 25, 2022
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-Exceptional performance at 1440p, very good at 4K with some reduced details -Very good upgrade value for GTX 1060/1070/1080 owners -Runs very cool and at a reasonable (to my ear) noise level (50 degrees above ambient temperature under [email protected] load inside a Fractal Meshify case with 2 x 120 mm intake and 1 x 120 mm exhaust fan, intakes set to 60% and exhaust set to 100% fixed speed) -Boost clock is even higher than advertised; under [email protected] load, eVGA Precision reports 1980 MHz boost clock with a 100% power limit (your results may vary depending on chip quality)
-8 GB of VRAM may be constraining when doing ray-traced graphics at 4K; prepare to drop resolution and/or texture detail settings
I bought this as an upgrade from my stalwart Gigabyte 1070 Ti, and it's been wonderful. Games that take advantage of ray-tracing are gorgeous, and I've been able to go up a full resolution class for most games (ie. 1440p to 4K or 1080p to 1440p). It runs cool and quiet, and this was a very good value compared to the $1,000+ for other cards in the same performance class. [email protected] performance is nearly doubled, going from ~1.5 million points/day on the 1070 Ti to ~3 million points/day on the 3060 Ti. For those with a 1440p high-refresh display, this is an excellent card to pair with it, and it can clearly do compute tasks well even with its LHR restrictions. The only weakness I've run into so far is that when playing at 4K resolutions and Ultra-level textures, 8 GB of memory is barely enough if playing with ray-traced lighting. I'd recommend dropping the texture detail down and/or dropping the rendering resolution to 1440p to work around this. Considering that one would need to step up to a RTX 3080 to get more VRAM (for a lot more money) or to a Radeon 6800 XT if you wanted equivalent ray-tracing performance to the 3060 Ti, finding a way around this VRAM limitation is something I can't recommend spending your way out of; adjusting settings is a much better course of action. The bottom line; if you have the budget and can get one of these cards, then absolutely buy it!