Less than a month from AMD’s launch of two of their Radeon RX 6000 Series GPUs, Nvidia has now released a new GPU option, at a price range that AMD is yet to cover: The RTX 3060 Ti.
At just $399, this GPU offers all the new and improved technologies of Nvidia’s Ampere architecture; like second generation ray tracing, third generation Tensor cores, Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), an AI accelerated Studio Platform & streaming software, as well as the input-lag reducing Nvidia Reflex feature – and does so at just a fraction of the price of the GeForce RTX 30 Series’ higher-end models.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti’s reference card features 4,864 CUDA cores, a 1,410 MHz base clock speed, a 1,670 MHz Boost clock speed, and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. It has HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a display connectivity, a 2-slot heatsink and a length of only 242 mm – making it an excellent option for those looking to incorporate a GPU with Nvidia’s Ampere architecture in a Small Form Factor (SFF) PC.
Of course, these specifications can, very well, differ depending on the Add in Board (AIB) GPU model that is produced by any, of the several, aftermarket graphics card manufacturers that Nvidia is partnered with. To help you find the right GeForce RTX 3060 Ti model that best suits your needs, we have compiled a list of currently announced AIB variants, together with an accompanying description, that includes every aspect that makes each of these offerings unique.
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RTX 3060 Ti Aftermarket Card Roundup
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti
One of the most quality-oriented aftermarket GPU manufacturers, ASUS, has a huge lineup ready for the RTX 3060 Ti, as they are ready to release five distinct models. Their most premium model, being the ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti.
This graphics card has a triple-fan layout which incorporates ASUS’s Axial-Tech design, that includes notched barrier rings and 11 blades on the two outer fans, and a solid barrier ring and 13 blades on the central fan. The fans also spin in alternating directions, to avoid turbulence, and will include double ball bearings. Two case fans can be connected directly to the GPU (via FanConnect II), providing them with PWM controls, as well as synchronicity to spin according to the GPU’s temperatures.
The ROG Strix features a massive 2.9-slot heatsink, with a ventilated backplate for better airflow throughout. A physical switch allows you to alternate between a Performance Mode (highest cooling performance) and a Quiet Mode (lower noise levels by sacrificing clock speeds) – though controlling the fan speeds can also be done via included software (GPU Tweak II).
Finally, the ROG Strix will have an addressable RGB LED array on the card’s side panel – with the light from the display bleeding into the fans, so the colorful illumination can be apparent no matter how the GPU is oriented.
A premium GPU will need premium clock speeds, which is why the ROG Strix will have a Boost clock speed of 1,890 MHz, and a Gaming Mode clock speed of 1,860 MHz.
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming
With less focus on looks, and more emphasis on durability, ASUS has created the RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming. This graphics card has an all-metal shroud, with premium chokes, capacitors, and MOSFET’s that have all been soldered to the PCB via an “Auto-Extreme” automated manufacturing process; ensuring precision and eliminating human error.
The cooling solution of the TUF Gaming is very similar to the ROG Strix. in that it has three, axial-tech designed, fans with double ball bearings, a ventilated back plate, and a physical switch for Performance and Quiet modes. However, the fans will have 9 blades each, and the heatsink is slightly smaller, with a 2.7-slot width.
The side-panel will have an RGB illuminated TUF Gaming logo (with an underlining accent) – so the graphics card is not completely devoid of lighting effects. Like all ASUS Nvidia models, this 3060 Ti will include WTFast, a free license of X-Split, QuantumCloud, and ASUS’s GPU Tweak II software.
Boost clock speed will be 1,785 MHz, and the Gaming Mode will overclock the GPU to 1,755 MHz.
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti Dual & Dual Mini
Utilizing all the same technologies, software, and cooling solution as the TUF Gaming – but with two fans, instead of three – is ASUS’s RTX 3060 Ti Dual. This model will have the same 9-bladed fans, 2.7-slot heatsink, and 144-hour validation program with the TUF Gaming – though it will only have a thin RGB-lit accent on the side-face of the shroud. That being said, it will have slower clock speeds: with 1,740 MHz for the Boost clock speed, and 1,710 MHz for the Gaming Mode clock speed.
For Small Form Factor (SFF) cases, ASUS will also be releasing the RTX 3060 Ti Dual Mini; which will be identical to the Dual, but will have a smaller, 2-slot, heatsink and a slightly different RGB-lit strip running across the side and face-plate of the shroud.
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti KO
Last but not least, we have ASUS’s premium two-fan design: The RTX 3060 Ti KO. The KO will have two 11-bladed fans with the same Axial-tech design and bearings that the aforementioned models feature. It will have a large, 2.7-slot, heatsink, similar to the TUF Gaming and Dual variants. The major difference of the KO, in comparison to these other models, is its uniquely designed shroud, which features silver and gold faceplates and two RGB-lit KO logos upon them.
The clock speeds it will have are identical to the TUF Gaming: 1,785 MHz Boost, and 1,755 MHz Gaming Mode, clock speeds.
EVGA RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra
EVGA also has strong offerings for the RTX 3060 Ti, with their upper-class model being the EVGA RTX 3060 Ti FTW3. Named after its new and improved cooling solution, the FTW3 features three asynchronous fans with premium – and silent – hydro-dynamic fan bearings. The fans chill a through-hole, 2.2-slot, finned heatsink which receives heat from the GPU and VRAM via seven copper heatpipes that are in contact with a unified copper block. The air generated from the fans can pass through the entirety of the FTW3’s case, as both the PCH and the all-metal backplate feature ventilation holes; in order to optimize the internal airflow.
The FTW3 Ultra is bereft of most lighting fluff, featuring only an ARGB-lit EVGA logo on the side panel, that is customizable via EVGA’s Precision X1 software –also allowing for system monitoring, fan control, and overclock tweaking.
EVGA also appears to have a separate page for an FTW3 Ultra Gaming GPU RTX 3060 Ti, which may be identical to the aforementioned FTW3. This model will have a boost clock of 1,800 MHz.
MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio
MSI will be offering two distinct models for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. One will have a three-fan design, while the other incorporates a two-fan cooling solution. The former model is the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio.
With MSI’s new TORX 4.0 design, the fan blades will be linked in pairs on the outer ring, resulting in more focused static pressure output. The fans, which have PWM controls named Zero Frozr, work to chill an extended heatsink with fins that have angled edges, so no noise will be produced when air passes through them – a design MSI names Wave-Curved 2.0. Furthermore, the Gaming X Trio also includes thermal pads, installed on key components of the circuit board, as well as a ventilated graphene backplate and precision-machined core pipes. A support bracket will also be included with the Gaming X Trio, in order to prevent bending when the graphics card is mounted in the traditional horizontal orientation.
RGB displays could not be missing from the MSI Gaming X Trio, which is why it has three illuminated accents running across the middle-fan at a 45-degree angle, as well as an RGB-lit MSI logo and illuminated strip on the side-face of the shroud.
RGB Mystic Light and MSI’s Dragon Center are the two software options that are bundled with the Gaming X Trio, which can be overclocked to a frequency of 1,830 MHz.
EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC
EVGA’s slightly cheaper model, the RTX 3060 Ti XC, has an identical design to the FTW3, with the only differences being that it features two fans, instead of three, it has a dual-slot heatsink, instead of a 2.2-slot heatsink, and it includes no ARGB displays.
The SFF case compatible GPU will have a Boost Clock speed of 1,710 MHz.
MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X / OC
The smaller, two fanned, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti – named VENTUS 2X OC – makes use of MSI’s previous generation TORX 3.0 fan design. This means that the fans have both traditional designed blades and MSI’s Dispersion fan blades in an alternating pattern; resulting in 50% more air pressure than a normal fan. The Zero Frozr functionality is also included with the VENTUS 2X OC, similar to the Gaming X Trio, as well as precision-machined core pipes, thermal padding, and MSI’s Dragon Center Software. The backplate for the VENTUS 2X does not appear to have ventilation holes, but is reinforced for improved rigidity.
With its simplistic exterior design, the VENTUS 2X OC is devoid of any RGB displays, and has a Boost core clock speed of, 1695 MHz.
PNY RTX 3060 Ti Revel XLR8 Gaming Epix-X RGB & Uprising
The American brand PNY Technologies is looking to release two double-fanned models for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti: The Revel XLR8 Gaming Epic-X and the Uprising.
The latter model makes use of two 9-bladed fans, a 2-slot heatsink, and unique 256-bit RGB displays on the side plate that illuminate a GeForce RTX logo, and an outwards protruded stripe that runs lengthwise, and around to the side opposite of the I/O ports, of the graphics card.
The Uprising also has two 9-bladed fans, but is bereft of any RGB lighting.
Both these models feature PNY’s Velocity X Software for monitoring and customizing system metrics and RGB displays. Also, both variants will have clock speeds identical to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti reference card, and two-slot form factor heatsinks.
ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge (OC)
Last but not least, we have ZOTAC’s Twin Edge rendition of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.
This model makes use of ZOTAC’s IceStorm 2.0 cooling system, which incorporates two 11-bladed fans, a wide aluminum fin-stack array designed heatsink, and copper heatpipes that are arranged in a custom layout for direct contact with the GPU and VRAM. The all-metal backplate is also ventilated for better airflow circulation.
With ZOTAC’s Active Fan Control, each of the two fans can be operated independently from each other, and their rotation speeds can be controlled via ZOTAC’s FireStorm software – which also allows for system monitoring and overclocking. FREEZE Fan Stop (PWM) automatically controls the fan speeds depending on the GPU’s temperature.
The Twin Edge will have similar clock speeds to the reference card, but the OC edition will feature a boost clock speed of 1,695 MHz.