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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB: A Review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB is a graphics card that has received little attention from Nvidia and its partners. Despite not receiving any cards for review, we managed to purchase one at retail after weeks of searching. Is this card one of the best on the market? The answer is not surprising.

The RTX 4060 Ti 16GB is based on the same Ada Lovelace architecture and has similar core specifications as the RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition. The only difference is the inclusion of two 2GB memory chips on each memory channel, effectively doubling the capacity to 16GB. While more memory can be beneficial for certain workloads, the 128-bit memory interface may limit the GPU's performance at times.

However, the additional VRAM comes at a cost. Nvidia has added a $100 premium for the 16GB variant, which many see as a cynical move. Intel's Arc A770, for example, offers both 8GB and 16GB variants at a much lower price gap. Nvidia seems to charge as much as it believes it can get away with.

Without a Founders Edition for the 4060 Ti 16GB, it is difficult to define a “reference” card for this model. We consider any card available at the base $499 MSRP as qualifying. After evaluating options from various retailers, we selected the Gigabyte RTX 4060 Ti 16GB Gaming OC for review, which features triple fans for improved cooling.

While there are reportedly over 20 other 4060 Ti 16GB variants available, most are currently out of stock. The Gigabyte card stood out due to its cooling solution. We also compared the card to other models, such as the MSI Ventus 2X and Zotac Amp.

In terms of specifications, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB is similar to the 8GB variant, with the main difference being VRAM capacity. The Gigabyte model in this review has a slightly higher boost clock, but the overall performance is similar to the reference models. It faces competition from AMD's RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, as well as previous generation RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti cards.

The increased memory capacity is beneficial, particularly for higher resolutions such as 1440p and 4K. However, Nvidia does not market the RTX 4060 Ti as a gaming solution for these resolutions due to its limitations in compute and bandwidth. Power consumption may also be slightly worse on the 16GB models compared to the 8GB models.

The RTX 4060 Ti features the same architectural features as other Ada Lovelace cards, including DLSS 3 Frame Generation. While DLSS 3 can improve visual smoothness, the performance boost can be misleading. In AI workloads, the increased VRAM capacity can be advantageous, especially for large language models.

Despite the lack of attention from Nvidia and its partners, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB offers competitive performance with its increased VRAM capacity. However, the higher price and limitations in compute and bandwidth make it a less attractive option compared to other alternatives on the market.