Overall and Final Verdict
Nvidia continues to impress once again with the huge performance increases from the last generation of cards. The RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition gives the mid-range a kick in the pants with performance that beats the RTX 2080 SUPER which came out in July or 2019 or as we refer to it now, the before times. I love seeing what was close to flagship levels of performance just last year is now 4 cards down in their product stack. The RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition shares almost all of its cooler features with the RTX 3070, with just the S-shaped fan shroud being a lighter silver. This means it has the same build quality and construction, just like any Founders Edition card. Nvidia’s Founders Edition cards are always heavy, use thick all-metal construction, and are perfect weapons if the zombie apocalypse still manages to slip into 2020.
The dual-fan design looks amazing and takes a lot of the design features that Nvidia used on the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards, except for having one fan per side. This design looks more traditional with both fans on one side, but they do still have a short PCB which allows for the open blow through design at the end. Cooling performance is good but not spectacular, though it is better than the RTX 3070 given that they use the same cooler and the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition has a lower TGP. Power usage and cooling performance matched the RTX 2080 SUPER interestingly enough, but in a more compact card design.
The card design does use the new 12-pin power connection which I like. But the location due to the short PCB puts it right at the middle of the card facing up which means that the included adapter will be front and center in your system and with it not being angled like the RTX 3080/3090 it gets a little awkward as well. But as far as issues go, it is still a small one and I don’t think it will turn anyone away. My other issue is with card availability and writing this before the launch I have no way to know for sure if cards will be available. But up until now, with the other launches, the new cards have been extremely hard to find. Assuming that trend continues, that would be a downside to this card as well.
So are people going to want the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition? Well, Nvidia has it priced at $399 which is the same price that the RTX 2060 SUPER launched at. Given the performance, this makes the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition an amazing price. That only matters if you can find one of course, but near flagship performance at under $400 can make for an extremely powerful ~$1000 gaming PC or given the RTX 3060 Ti’s performance in Blender a big upgrade in someone’s work PC as well.
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