ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC review
We review the ASUS ROG STRIX OC GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, and good god, that is a long name. The 3060 Ti series are bound to please many as they offer gaming nirvana up-to WHQL resolutions. See, this card operates in the RTX 2080 SUPER performance bracket, actually slightly above it. Armed with 8GB GDDR6 is might but just what the gaming community needs. Armed with a shader core count of 4864 units, this card is paired with 8 GB of GDDR6 graphics memory running 14 Gbps. Much has been said, rumored, and spoken about this card, as with that sexy shading core count, it is bound to be a bit of a beast in that sub-400 EUR/USD price range. This product will sit at GeForce RTX 2080 (SUPER) performance levels and, in due time, will be its replacement. September 2020, NVIDIA declared its initial Ampere graphics cards in its inaugural launch wave. A week before announcements, specifications of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080, and 3090 took a twist; the shader core count mysteriously doubled from what everybody expected. The GPUs are fabricated on an 8nm node derived from Samsung. This process further develops Samsung's 10nm process; no EUV is applied in production just yet. The first wave of announcements would see the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 being released first, and, as a bit of a surprise, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and 3070 would be arriving in roughly the same timeframe as well. The initial launch of Ampere for consumers entails the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, 3070 8GB GDDR6, RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X, and what we test today, the 24GB GDDR6X based premium flagship, the mighty mo, the GeForce RTX 3090. The lineup nearly doubles ray-tracing performance with Gen2 ray-tracing cores and 3rd iteration Tensor cores. These cards will all be PCIe 4.0 interface compatible and offer HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a, but most importantly is that exorbitant Shader processor count (referred to as CUDA cores by NVIDIA), passing the 10K marker for the flagship product, nobody... not even us, saw that one coming. With just over half the shader processor count seen from the flagship product, we now meet the NVIDIA GA104 GPU again; initially, it was to be used solely in the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards, but when rumors emerged that team red would offer a good product sies, all of the sudden the word was out a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. And despite being a lower segmented card, it still holds a sizable GPU die; the 3070's GA104 GPU is firing up over 17 billion transistors with 4864 active shader cores. To compare, a GeForce RTX 3080 is listed at 8,704 Shader cores, and the GeForce RTX 3090 (GA102) has 10496 Shader cores. In this review, we'll check out the Founder edition, aka FE GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, paired with 8GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. A product that runs a boost clock of 1665 MHz and enough power under the hood that makes you smirk.
STRIX OC GAMING
ASUS is back in the house; this round, they've submitted a STRIX OC model for review; actually, the full name would be ASUS ROG STRIX OC GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB. Yeah.. ASUS might need to do something about that naming. The card is tailored with that NVIDIA GA104 GPU, this time the revision 200 GPU SKU; it a proper shader core count as 4864 stream processors are activated and gets paired with 8GB GDDR6 graphics memory at 256-bit running at 14 Gbps. Muscled up with cooling, this card is equipped with a dual-bios design with performance and silent mode; the three fans start to spin and cool once the GPU warms up. The card has a duo of (6+2) pin power headers, so you'd better have an agreeable power supply. The card is rated by us at roughly 230 Watt power draw at the peak; that's 200W for as average. This indicates it will perform a notch better combined with a factory boost clock frequency speed set at 1860 MHz, alright. The cooler has been beefed up and now is 2.9 slots wide; this thing is thick, yo!