Tests carried out with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in its GDDR6X variant reveal that the novelty, presented at the end of last year, is faster than a customized model with overclocking of the standard model equipped with GDDR6 memories. The difference isn’t glaring, but it’s enough to position it with a certain margin without any adjustments. With modifications, including GPU and VRAM overclocking, the advantage grows even further.
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The evaluation was made by the Polish website ITHardware with a KFA2 (a sub-brand of GALAX) GeForce RTX 3060 Ti G6X 1-click OC, which has an automatic overclocking function activated by software, but was used at standard speeds. Almost all specifications are the same as the GDDR6 version, including 4,864 CUDA cores, 38 RT Cores for Ray Tracing and 152 Tensor Cores for DLSS and other AI features, 8 GB of dedicated memory and boost clock 1,665 MHz, with computational power of up to 16.2 TFLOPs.
The difference is the memory system, based on GDDR6X modules working at 19 Gbps (against 14 Gbps of the GDDR6 version) on the same 256-bit interface, thus reaching a bandwidth of 608 GB/s (against 448 GB/s of the model pattern). For comparison, the portal used an ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which is already factory overclocked — the boost clock was boosted from 1,665 MHz to 1,755 MHz.
Taking an average of the frame rates of the tested games, the site noted that the RTX 3060 Ti with GDDR6X achieved 1% to 2% higher results consistently at 1080P, 1440P and 4K resolutions. Although not a big difference, it must be remembered that the standard model from ASUS is overclocked, lagging behind even at the highest frequencies, which means that the gain in bandwidth made some impact, even if minimal.
The numbers become more interesting when the card with more robust VRAM undergoes overclocking: the ITHardware team managed to take the boost clock of the GPU to 1,815 MHz, and of the memories to 1,263 MHz, thus reaching speeds of 20.2 Gbps and bandwidth of 647 GB/s. These changes provide an additional 4% to 6% improvements in frame rates, a point praised by the site.
Interestingly, the portal also drew comparisons with the RTX 3070, which maintained an average of 15% leadership – the initiative may have been a response to users who wondered whether the turbocharged memory could narrow the difference between the two sisters, which was not the case. Even though it has solid performance, and a modest gain with the use of GDDR6X, this variant is not a must-buy for anyone looking for an RTX 3060 Ti, especially considering the price difference for the GDDR6 version.
Looking at prices charged at Brazilian retailers, the difference between two similar 3060 Ti designs with GDDR6 and GDDR6X amounts to a staggering BRL 700 (BRL 2,999 versus BRL 3,699), or about 23% more money for less than 10% more. performance, leaving the recommendation to stay away from the more expensive model. That said, rumors indicate that eventually the solution with faster RAM will replace the older model — it remains to be seen whether the price will follow this movement.