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The Performance Difference Between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB and 16GB Models

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is available in two variations, one with 8GB of VRAM and the other with 16GB of VRAM. While the focus has mainly been on the 16GB model, it appears that there isn't much difference in terms of in-game performance between the two versions. This is because both models share the same Ada Lovelace GPU and architecture, with the only disparity being the memory capacity.

A recent analysis by YouTube tech reviewer Daniel Owen delved deeper into the performance of both the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB and 16GB models, specifically in memory-intensive games. Starting with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, there is a notable discrepancy between the two models. The RTX 4060 Ti 8GB version achieves 44 fps at 1080p using Very High RT settings, while the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB reaches 59 fps, marking a 34% improvement. This performance boost increases even further to a significant 43% when the resolution is bumped up to 1440p, even with ray-tracing disabled.

In certain cases, the performance across both models is essentially identical, such as in the Remnant II tests and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, unless the resolution is set to 4K. However, when it comes to The Last of Us Part II and the Resident Evil 4 Remake, the benefits of the 16GB VRAM become evident. For the former, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB demonstrates a 19% performance improvement at 1080p with Ultra quality settings. In the latter, there is a remarkable 77% improvement in 1% low performance, which jumps to 113% at 1440p, with an overall average frame rate improvement of around 11%.

Additionally, Owen explores the DLSS performance of both models, revealing that DLSS 3 Frame Generation increases VRAM usage. Consequently, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB outperforms the 8GB model by 12% in this aspect. Overall, this analysis provides a strong argument for opting for the GPU with 16GB of VRAM over the 8GB version, leaving one to ponder if the reception towards the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti would have been different had NVIDIA launched a single 16GB SKU priced at $399.