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What Is the Difference? Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 vs 3060 Ti

If you’re new to GPUs or trying to replace an older card like the GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1080, the GeForce 30-series GPUs are a great place to start.

Nvidia GeForce models have always been defined by great specifications and performance. Its lineup of RTX GPUs, particularly the 3060 and 3060 Ti, are some of the best in class.

On the surface, Nvidia GPU siblings GPUs look similar; they share a name, architecture, cooling systems, and dimensions. But they have some differences, though. This article pits the RTX 3060 against the RTX 3060 Ti for the championship.

RTX 3060 vs RTX 3060 Ti: Specifications

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Both cards use Samsung’s 8nm technology process, but the number of transistors differs. The RTX 3060 contains 13.25 billion transistors, while the RTX 3060 Ti has a transistor count of 17.4 billion. More transistors typically indicate a newer, faster processor.

However, the RTX 3060, is the slightly newer model, built atop the Ampere GA106 GPU die. The RTX 3060 Ti, on the other hand, is based on the physically bigger GA104 GPU die, for lesser heat concentration.

One noticeable difference between the two is memory size. The 3060 has 12GB GDDR6 while the 3060 Ti contains 8GB GDDR6. The 3060 also has a boost clock of 1777 MHz, which is higher than the 3060 Ti’s 1,665 MHz, so it’s expected to be the faster GPU. But that’s not the case.

The RTX 3060 contains 3,584 CUDA cores and a core clock performance of 1,320 MHz, while the 3060 Ti has 4,864 CUDA cores and a core clock performance of 1410 MHz.

Despite the lesser VRAM and a lower boost clock, the RTX 3060 Ti offers better performance. One of the reasons for this is that the 3060 only has a 192-bit memory bus, compared to the 256-bit memory bus on the 3060 Ti. This means there’s lesser data exchange within the 3060, further translating to a lower overall bandwidth for the GPU.

Here’s a comparison table showing the specifications of the two cards.

RTX 3060 RTX 3060 Ti
GPU Die GA106 GA104
Architecture Ampere Ampere
CUDA Cores 3,584 4,864
RT Cores 28 38
Tensor Cores 112 152
VRAM 12GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 196-bit 256-bit
Core/Boost Clock 1,320 MHz/1,777 MHz 1,410 MHz/ 1,665 MHz
Transistors 13.25 billion 17.40 billion
TDP (W) 170 200
Interface PCIe 4.0 PCle 4.0

The performance of a card depends on its cooling system specs (temperature and power specifications). The Recommended Power System and Graphics Card Power for the 3060 are 550W and 170W, respectively, while for the 3060 Ti are 600W and 200W, respectively.

Both GPUs have a similar maximum temperature, but the 3060 Ti consumes more power than the 3060. This means the 3060 Ti is less power-efficient and could reach its maximum temperature faster.

RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3060 Ti: Performance

The differences in performance between the RTX 3060 and the RTX 3060 Ti depend on the specifications of the Add-In Board (AIB) model. For instance, comparisons between the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 3X OC and the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 VENTUS 2X 12G OC indicate that the 3060 Ti delivers slightly better performance.

At 1080p and 1440p, both cards deliver in excess of 60 fps but always below 50 fps with more intensive games. The performance differences barely reach two-digit fps.

The two cards can easily run intensive games without any noticeable performance difference. The RTX 30 lineup is packed with some of the best GPUs for 4K gaming. To learn more about RTX 3060 models, we recommend checking out our iGame RTX 3060 Ultra W OC review.

Pricing and Availability

The MSRP for the RTX 3060 is $329, while the 3060 Ti is $399. Going with this price tag, both GPUs deliver great value for money. The caveat is that the supply of Nvidia’s 30-Series GPUs remains limited at the time of writing, so finding these GPUs at the recommended retail price is difficult. However, you can buy the 3060 via third-party stores at a price range of $500 to $800 and the 3060 Ti for around $800 to $1,000.

RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3060 Ti: Which Is Better?

For gamers, it would be best to consider the VRAM of the graphics card, while for crypto-miners, the GPU’s hash rate is more important.

The RTX 3060 has 12GB VRAM, which while it doesn’t outshine the 3060 Ti on performance, is quite effective for gaming. This is because the VRAM advantage of the RTX 3060 is insignificant at the resolution these cards are aimed at, 1080 and 1440p.

Benchmark results of 3060 vs. 3060 Ti show the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti is the superior GPU—but it wins by a very slim margin.

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