The value oriented,1080p-targeting end of Nvidia's gaming GPU line looks promising.
Nvidia's Ada-architecture GPUs for 1080p gamers -- and for those whose pocketbooks can't stretch to accommodate $500-plus graphics cards -- are finally appearing to replace last generation's RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti models, at really attractive prices.
The RTX 4060 Ti starts shipping next week. Nvidia will only be offering an 8GB version of its own Founders Edition cards, which start at $399; $499 and up 16GB models will be coming from its partners. We won't see the $299-plus RTX 4060 cards until July, and Nvidia won't be offering those itself.
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti||Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060|
|Memory||8GB or 16GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory bandwidth (GBps)||288||272|
|Memory clock (GHz)||9||8.5|
|GPU clock (GHz, base/boost)||2.31/2.535||1.83/2.46|
|Memory data rate/Interface||18Gbps/128 bits||17Gbps/128 bits|
|Texture mapping units||136||96|
|TGP/min PSU (watts)||160/550||115/550|
|Max thermal (degrees)||194F/90C||194F/90C|
|Bus||PCIe 4.0x8||PCIe 4.0x8|
|Size||2 slots||2 slots|
|Launch price||$399 (8GB), $499 (16GB)||$299|
|Ship date||May 24, 2023||July 2023|
The 8GB and 16GB versions of the 4060 Ti are identical in all other ways, though the latter may be a bit bigger to accommodate any extra cooling and it draws a smidge more power. It's not the first time we've seen multiple memory configurations for a given GPU, but it never gets less confusing. Basically, jumping to 16GB can help if you want to load higher-resolution textures (for better quality), smoother video (and sometimes photo) editing and some other similar tasks.The two cards are also intended for upgrades or new builds of low-power -- a power supply of 600w or less -- or compact systems where you can't fit or support a triple-slot, 11-inch long card.
The two cards are also intended for upgrades or new builds of low-power -- a power supply of 600 watts or less -- or compact systems where you can't fit or support a triple-slot, 11-inch long card.
It's generally worth bumping up to the Ada generation cards from previous generations for the performance improvement you get from Nvidia's DLSS 3 optimization technology over DLSS 2, though I can't state whether that general observation holds as true for these specific GPUs until I get to test them. Based on specs alone, the RTX 4060 Ti promises notably better performance than the lower end card.
It will also be interesting to see how well these perform relative to Intel's Arc A750 and A770 GPUs, since those more modern cards have generally performed better than last-gen competitors.