Controversy Surrounds Official Announcement of Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti
Nvidia has officially announced the highly anticipated GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and RTX 4060 graphics cards, generating mixed reactions among gamers. The company’s decision to offer two versions of the RTX 4060 Ti, with different memory capacities, has garnered some criticism. The 8GB version of the RTX 4060 Ti will be available for purchase on May 24, 2023, with a Founders Edition card priced at $399. The third-party-only 16GB variant is set to launch in July with a suggested retail price of $499. While the pricing of the 8GB version matches the RTX 3060 Ti’s launch price, the split between the two variants has left many dissatisfied.
One notable improvement in the RTX 4060 Ti is the expanded L2 cache, featuring 32MB compared to the RTX 3060 Ti’s 4MB. Nvidia claims that gamers can expect a roughly 70% performance improvement over the RTX 3060 Ti when using frame generation in supported games. Additionally, the RTX 4060 Ti will have a 160W TGP (Total Graphics Power), slightly higher at 165W. However, the performance gain over the RTX 3060 Ti in titles without frame generation is projected to be only around 15% for both the 8GB and 16GB versions.
Nvidia also unveiled the RTX 4060, which is scheduled for release in July with an MSRP of $299. Unlike the RTX 4060 Ti, there will be no Founders Edition for the RTX 4060, and it will be exclusively available through third-party board partners. Although the RTX 4060 offers a lower price compared to the RTX 3060, the final pricing will be determined by individual manufacturers. The RTX 4060 boasts an expanded L2 cache of 24MB and is equipped with 8GB of VRAM. Performance-wise, Nvidia estimates approximately a 20% improvement over the RTX 3060 at 1080p, but it’s worth noting that the TGP for the RTX 4060 is significantly lower at 115W compared to the RTX 3060’s 170W.
Considering the pricing and specifications, it is speculated that the RTX 4060 might provide better value for 1080p gamers, especially when compared to the RTX 4060 Ti. With AMD’s increasing competition, the next couple of months are expected to be significant for gamers seeking optimal performance at 1080p resolutions. As Nvidia’s in-house performance estimates are yet to be independently verified, a comprehensive assessment of the cards’ capabilities will be necessary to determine their true performance potential.