Just when you thought there wouldn’t be another opportunity to get one of Nvidia’s new RTX cards this side of Christmas, another member of their RTX 30 series has arrived: the hotly anticipated RTX 3060 Ti. Launching on December 2nd with prices starting from £369 / $399, this latest entry in Nvidia’s next-gen RTX 30 family packs quite a punch for its price bracket, going toe to toe with the outgoing (and significantly more expensive) RTX 2080 Super across all resolutions, and offering significant gains over its immediate predecessors, the RTX 2060 and 2060 Super.
It’s arguably the RTX 30 card you’ve been waiting for all along, too. While not quite the same 4K powerhouse as the RTX 3070, the RTX 3060 Ti is a much more compelling option for gaming at 2560×1440, capable of hitting 60fps on max settings in almost every big game going today (a feat the RTX 2060 sometimes struggled with on the very top settings), and pretty darn close to that with ray tracing and DLSS switched on. It’s also a superb 1080p card, too, hitting well in excess of 60fps on max settings, and often pushing into the region of 70-90fps. With the RTX 3070 still rarer than hen’s teeth and no immediately obvious Big Navi competitor from AMD on the horizon, the RTX 3060 Ti firmly succeeds the RTX 2060 and RX 5700 XT as my new graphics card of choice for mid-range PCs. Let’s just hope it sticks around longer than five minutes, this time, eh?