RTX 4060 Ti review roundup depicts GPU performing 12% better vs RTX 3060 Ti but failing to offer any performance/price advantage
The RTX 4060 Ti is NVIDIA’s first x60-class RTX 40 GPU. Featuring a larger 32 MB L2 cache and 8/16 of GDDR6 memory, the 8 GB variant of the GPU is now available for a starting price of US$399 while the 16 GB VRAM SKU which is scheduled to release in July has an MSRP of US$499. Many reviews of the RTX 4060 Ti have blasted the GPU for being a terrible value, especially considering the paltry amount of VRAM and constrained memory bus that results in small gains in 1440p and 4K performance vs the RTX 3060 Ti. 3DCenter has released a detailed review roundup of the GPU showing that the board is indeed a pretty poor performance/price value vs its predecessor.
RTX 4060 Ti 1080p rasterization and ray tracing performance
Starting with the 1080p rasterization performance, the RTX 4060 Ti is on par with the RTX 3070 while being 12% better than the RTX 3060 Ti. Comparing the GPU to the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT and the newly released RX 7600, we see that the RTX 4060 Ti comes out 9% and 25% faster vs the respective AMD boards.
Moving on to the ray tracing workloads at 1080p, the RTX 4060 Ti performs identically to the RTX 3070. However, the GPU does offer significant performance bumps of 13.3% and 39% vs the RTX 3060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT respectively.
In other words, the 4060 Ti is essentially a US$399 RTX 3070 when it comes to rasterization and ray tracing performance at FHD resolution.
1440p and 4K rasterization performance
At higher resolutions like 1440p and 4K, the performance bump enjoyed by the RTX 4060 Ti over its predecessor, the RTX 3060 Ti, slims down to only 9% and 5.6% respectively. Similarly, the performance delta between the RTX 4060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT also shrinks to just 7% at 1440p and 5% at 4K. Finally, the RTX 4060 Ti falls behind the RTX 3070 by 4% and 9% at 1440p and 4K resolution respectively.
Here, we can see that the constrained 288 GB/s of memory bandwidth is holding the RTX 4060 Ti back at higher resolutions, as the card clearly has enough horsepower to match the RTX 3070 in raw compute.
Power consumption and performance/price
If there is one thing that NVIDIA got right with the Ada Lovelace architecture, it’s power consumption. Like other RTX 40 cards, the RTX 4060 Ti is incredibly efficient. Per 3DCenter’s report, the GPU only uses 151 W in gaming vs the 160 W TDP. This low power consumption results in the RTX 4060 Ti boasting 49% better performance/watt vs the RTX 3060 Ti (200 W TDP) and 45% better vs the RTX 3070 (220 W).
Finally, compared to the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (230 W), the RTX 4060 Ti’s efficiency advantage increases to a massive 59% enhanced perf/W.
Sadly, despite the impressive perf/W results, the RTX 4060 Ti fails to deliver any tangible performance/price over the RTX 3060 Ti, making the board seem like a Dead on Arrival (DOA) offering. This could also be the reason why the sales of the board have been low. For instance, based on the current street price of €329 as recorded by 3DCenter, the RTX 3060 Ti offers 16% more perf/price than the RTX 4060 Ti. The RTX 4060 Ti is also practically identical to the RTX 3070 and the RX 6700 XT.
Put simply, if you are looking for a GPU and power consumption is not a concern, you would be better served if you skip the RTX 4060 Ti in favor of other GPUs like the RX 6700 XT which is cheaper, has more VRAM, and also doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of rasterization performance.