Nvidia silently launches the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB — technically


Logo on the RTX 4060 Ti graphics card.
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Confirming earlier rumors, Nvidia launched its RTX 4060 Ti on Tuesday with out a lot fanfare. A lot of the best graphics cards launch with a bang, however the up to date 16GB RTX 4060 Ti launched with barely a whimper. Nvidia is placing extra weight behind Portal: Prelude RTXon the identical day it’s launching a brand new graphics card. Bizarre.

That is the 16GB variant that Nvidia promised when the unique 8GB RTX 4060 Ti was launched in June, and though it has technically been launched, you may’t purchase it.

Listings are up at Newegg, however there are solely 5 fashions accessible, all of that are out of inventory. Gigabyte and MSI every have two fashions, whereas Zotac has one, and it doesn’t seem we’ll be seeing extra any time quickly. Asus has introduced one mannequin at $600, however most board companions have, reportedly, been reluctant to put too much weight behind the GPU.

The primary cause is the worth. The 16GB RTX 4060 Ti is $500, which is $100 greater than the 8GB mannequin. That’s a $100 premium for an additional 8GB of VRAM alone. In any other case, the 16GB variant comes with the identical variety of CUDA cores and, critically, the identical restricted reminiscence bus. It’s the identical graphics card, simply $100 dearer and with a bump to VRAM.

Between $300 to $500, there haven’t been many next-gen choices.

We haven’t had an opportunity to check this new card — reviews counsel Nvidia didn’t unfold out evaluation samples — however it’s exhausting to think about the worth improve is value it. There are video games the place the RTX 4060 Ti grew to become so restricted by VRAM that it was even outperformed by last-gen’s RTX 3060 Ti. In these titles, the 16GB mannequin will excel, however the uncooked efficiency of the cardboard was already disappointing.

The restricted availability isn’t shocking, regardless of what you would infer from rumors. Studies declare that there was “zero” interest in the base model. The 16GB is a good more durable promote at $500. At this value, it’s dangerously near the wonderful RTX 4070, which is someplace within the vary of 30% sooner.

Between $300 to $500, there haven’t been a ton of next-gen choices for midrange players. Nvidia’s RTX 4060 Ti duo is essentially the most controversial, however AMD’s RX 7600 didn’t impress regardless of its cut price bin value. And Nvidia’s $300 RTX 4060, though an honest worth, appeared extra like a vessel for the corporate’s Deep Learning Super Sampling 3 (DLSS) than a powerful budget-focused GPU.

Limited VRAM in graphics cards has been a significant focus in 2023, as video games like Resident Evil 4 and The Final of Us Half One problem the standard capability we see on midrange GPUs. The 16GB RTX 4060 Ti addresses capability points, however it loses the plot when priced at $500. We’d have to check it ourselves to see if it’s value shopping for, however from what we all know now, it’s most likely a GPU to keep away from.

Not that it issues a lot anyway; it doesn’t appear to be there might be too many 16GB RTX 4060 Ti fashions floating round.

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