RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 3060 Ti: does this new gen beat the old one?

Muhammad Allayhan
Muhammad Allayhan
RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 3060 Ti

In the ever-evolving realm of GPUs, every new model brings a wave of excitement to the market, especially if it’s from Nvidia and AMD. Last month, Nvidia announced their latest generation GPU family that includes; the RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB and 16 GB variants and an RTX 4060. The latter two would be launched somewhere in July. But the RTX 4060 Ti (8 GB variant) was released on May 24th. 

Whenever a new model is released, we all start to ponder how it is better than its predecessor, right? Well, in this article, I’m going to address this very question. So stick with me and unravel what’s different in the new RTX 4060 Ti. 

Before we talk about real-time performance, I want you to get familiar with the on-paper differences between these two mid-range GPUs. So I’ve shared a specs sheet below which covers all of the major disparities.  

Critical specifications comparison

Features RTX 4060 Ti RTX 3060 Ti 
GPU AD106 GA104 
Architecture Ada Lovelace Ampere
Manufacturing processTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom Process8 nm Samsung
Transistor count 22.9 billion17.4 billion 
CUDA cores 43524864
Tensor cores 136 (4th Gen)152 (3rd Gen)
RT cores 34 (3rd Gen)38 (2nd Gen)
ROPS 4880
Texture units 136 152
Total Memory Bandwidth 288 GB/s (554 GB/s effective)448 GBps
Memory interface 128-bit256-bit
L2 cache size 32,768 KB4 MB
TGP (total graphics power) 160 Watts200W
Minimum power supply 550 Watts600W
Boost clock 2535 MHz1665 MHz
Memory clock 9000 MHz7000 MHz
Release date May 2023Dec. 2020
Launch price $399 – 8GB$499 – 16GB$399

What’s new in the RTX 4060 Ti? 

The RTX 4060 ti packs some exclusive features, specific to only those GPUs that feature the latest Ada Lovelace architecture. As RTX 4060 Ti is built on Ada Lovelace architecture, thankfully it has those features. 

For starters, it has the latest DLSS 3 AI Frame generation. The older RTX 3060 Ti lacks this feature is kind of a setback for it. 

Another amazing feature is the latest NVIDIA encoder with AV 1 support. If you’re a streamer then you’re gold as the AV1 has much better video quality and is also more efficient than H.264.   

RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 3060 Ti: price comparison

Back in December 2020, RTX 3060 Ti had a launch price of 399$. But because of the hyper demand and low supply, its price bumped up slightly from the original price. And currently, it’s sold for around 420$. 

However, in the case of RTX 4060 Ti, you’ll get two options. The 8 GB variant is marketed at 399$ while the 16 GB model has an expected launch price of 499$. There isn’t much difference in price if we compare it with the RTX 3060 Ti. So I don’t think you’d wanna go for an older GPU when you can get a GPU with faster clock speed and the latest architecture at a similar price.

Performance benchmarks 

Coming down to the real question, how well does the RTX 4060 Ti perform? How does it compare with the RTX 3060 Ti in performance benchmarks? It’s time to uncover the truth here! 

Now before I moved on to the gaming benchmarks, I tested these GPUs in some synthetic benchmarks, and here are the results. 

3DMark benchmark suite (higher is better)  

Benchmarks RTX 4060 Ti RTX 3060 Ti
Fire Strike (DX11)3365829578
Fire Strike Extreme (DX11) 1590714473
Fire Strike Ultra (DX11)73027219
Time Spy (DX12)1330111740
Time Spy Extreme (DX12)61875698
Port Royal (RT)80227047
Speed Way31372992

As you’ve seen, RTX 4060 Ti proved to be faster than RTX 3060 Ti in every test. However, at highly demanding scenarios like Time Spy (which uses Ray tracing), the lead wasn’t a lot but these were just the start-offs. Now let’s move on to the real gaming grounds to see the actual battle. 

Gaming benchmarks 

I wanted to be sure of the results so I tested 14 games with different graphic requirements. Most of them were traditional rasterization benchmarks and only two games needed ray tracing enabled; Guardians of the Galaxy and Forza Horizon.  

Games RTX 4060 Ti average FPSRTX 3060 Ti average FPS 
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (ultra-high settings) (1080p)114104
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (1440p) 8478
A Plague Tale: Requiem (ultra graphics preset) (1080p) 64 59
A Plague Tale: Requiem (1440p) 4543
Cyberpunk 2077 (ultra graphics) (1080p)9791
Cyberpunk 2077 (1440p)6057
Call of Duty MW ll(extreme graphics) (1080 p) 11594
Call of Duty MW ll(1440p)6764
Guardians of the Galaxy (ultra graphics, RT + DLSS) (1080p)131118
Guardians of the Galaxy (1440p)9487
Deus Ex Mankind Divided(highest graphics) (1080p)  134125
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (1440p)9387
Watch Dogs Legion(ultra graphics) (1080p) 9590
Watch Dogs Legion(1440p)6765
The Witcher 3 next Gen (ultra+ graphics preset) (1080p) 7268
The Witcher 3 next Gen(1440p) 4745
Forza Horizon 5 (extreme preset with RT high) (1080p)11598
Forza Horizon 5 (1440p)9783
Horizon Zero Dawn (ultimate quality) (1080p)139133
Horizon Zero Dawn (1440p)107105
Red Dead Redemption 2(highest graphics) (1080p)10192
Red Dead Redemption 2(1440p)7772

No doubt, RTX 4060 Ti outperformed the 3060 Ti in every title but you might’ve noticed it was only a few percent better. Moreover, what really bummed me was that it couldn’t beat its predecessor in the Hunter World. 

I think one of the main reasons for this enhanced performance was the larger L2 cache. But the thing that could’ve held it back was that the other specs weren’t as improved as one would expect in a generational upgrade. 

Gaming benchmark results 

There! You’ve seen all the results for yourself. To sum it up, RTX 4060 Ti was only 10% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti based on the average of these 14 games. Quite good but we all expected more, didn’t we? And when we crank it up to a higher resolution, say 1440p, the performance gap becomes even narrower and comes down to only 6%. And to be frank, it was hard to tell the difference while playing the game. 

I don’t think I need to say much as the results speak for themselves. RTX 4060 Ti didn’t perform well in games without the DLSS 3. I haven’t added the DLSS 3 titles because this feature is exclusive to the RTX 40 series GPUs. But I don’t think DLSS 3 AI frame generation increases the frame rates. It only produces “fake” frames that enhance the smoothness of the graphics. 

Final thoughts 

So, which one would give better value? Well, RTX 4060 Ti, and here’s why! 

No doubt, after three years of wait we all expected a lot more from this NVIDIA. But it seems like NVIDIA didn’t focus much on upgrading the specs and tried to market the additional features like DLSS 3 and novel NVNC with AV 1 support. Still, I believe it’s a much better choice than the RTX 3060 Ti as they’re priced around the same. 

Another important feature that couldn’t get mentioned in the charts above was the power efficiency of the RTX 4060 Ti. It certainly uses a lot less power than its predecessor, drawing only 145 watts of energy during all the tests. I know it wouldn’t be very exciting for a gamer but who wouldn’t love a low energy bill? 

So if you’re looking for a GPU that can smoothly handle 1440p graphics and is capable of running ray tracing games then I’d recommend you go for the RTX 4060 Ti. 

Muhammad Allayhan

Muhammad Allayhan, a gaming and PC hardware virtuoso, breathes life into pixelated worlds. A legendary overclocker, he unlocks hidden power in gaming rigs. Navigating from 8-bit realms to today’s masterpieces, Muhammad’s words immerse readers in an ever-evolving digital odyssey. Join him as he reveals the secrets of gaming’s cutting edge.

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