The upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti from Nvidia for entry-level users could be an excellent start-up value for gamers on a budget. Although Nvidia hasn't released details on the card, early tests with 3DMark's Time Spy and Fire Strike utilities show that the often-rumored RTX 3060 Ti beats the previous generation RTX 2080 Super card. For reference, the RTX 2080 Super is a premium card in Nvidia's RTX 2000 series that sold for $ 699 while the alleged retail price of the RTX 3060 Ti is only $ 399.
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The increase in performance of the RTX 3060 Ti and the potentially competitive price on the alleged launch date on December 2nd show that Nvidia had made significant strides with the Ampere architecture. But we already knew that. The RTX 3070, the flagship RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090 of the enthusiast class are among the most powerful graphics cards of all time.
In the 3DMark Fire Strike test, the performance of the RTX 3060 Ti is between that of the RTX 3070 and the RTX 2080 Super of the previous generation. According to VideoCardz, the RTX 3060 Ti achieved 30,706 points in this test, compared with just 28,980 points for the RTX 2080 Super and 34,200 points for the 3070.
Interestingly, the publication found that the RTX 3070's performance was about 11% better than that of the RTX 3060 Ti, despite the more expensive card with just 1,024 more CUDA cores. The RTX 3070 was made with 5,888 CUDA cores, 152 tensor cores, and 38 RT -Cores announced. Rumor has it that the RTX 3060 Ti will hit the market with 4,864 CUDA cores, suggesting that its clock speed could be quite high to make up for the CUDA core shortage. Custom versions could result in performance even closer to that of the 3070.
The performance on the 3DMark Time Spy test was very similar, and the leaked benchmark found that the RTX 3070 did 13% better than the RTX 3060 Ti.As with the 3DMark Fire Strike test, the RTX 3060 Ti performed in between that of the RTX 3070 and the RTX 2080 Super. The RTX 3070 scored 13,740 points in the Time Spy benchmark, compared to 12,175 points for the RTX 3060 Ti and 11,640 points for the RTX 2080 Super.
For reference, the RTX 3080 scored 17,940 points on Time Spy, while the competing AMD Radeon RX 6800 scored 15,200 points on the same benchmark. The Radeon RX 6800 XT scored 17,400 points in Time Spy and 50,380 points in Fire Strike, while the 3080 scored 43,260 points in Fire Strike.
Given the relatively cheap alleged price of the RTX 3060 Ti and the recent history of GPU shortages at Nvidia caused by low inventory and heavy demand, players interested in this entry-level card will likely need to pre-order early on the launch day or look back frequently when Nvidia replenishes the inventory.