TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti V2 OC Edition (LHR) 8GB PCI-E w/ Dual HDMI, Triple DP
Build TUF The TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has been stripped down and built back up to provide more robust power and cooling. A new all-metal shroud houses three powerful axial-tech fans that utilize durable dual ball fan bearings. Fan rotation has been optimized for reduced turbulence, and a stop mode brings all three fans to a halt at low temps. Beneath, a thick heatsink keeps thermals under tight control. Additional features, including TUF components, Auto-Extreme Technology, and a backplate vent make the TUF a proper powerhouse. For builders looking for a new “old faithful”, this card has your back.
- NVIDIA Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors: The building blocks for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPUs, the all-new Ampere SM brings 2X the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency.
- 2nd Generation RT Cores: Experience 2X the throughput of 1st gen RT Cores, plus concurrent RT and shading for a whole new level of ray tracing performance.
- 3rd Generation Tensor Cores: Get up to 2X the throughput with structural sparsity and advanced AI algorithms such as DLSS. These cores deliver a massive boost in game performance and all-new AI capabilities.
- This GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card with LHR (lite hash rate) delivers 25 MH/s ETH hash rate (est.).
- OC Edition: Boost clock 1785 MHz (OC mode)/ 1755 MHz (Gaming mode).
- Axial-tech fan design has been newly tuned with a reversed central fan direction for less turbulence.
- Dual ball fan bearings can last up to twice as long as sleeve bearing designs.
- Military-grade capacitors and other TUF components enhance durability and performance.
- GPU Tweak II provides intuitive performance tweaking, thermal controls, and system monitoring.
TUF Gaming cards leverage our tried-and-true Axial-tech fan design, with three fans working in tandem to satisfy the thermal demands of NVIDIA’s new high-octane design. The fans rely on dual ball fan bearings to ensure consistent performance and increased longevity compared to sleeve bearings and other bearing types.
The two side fans spin counterclockwise to reduce turbulence. And to eliminate unnecessary noise, a stop mode halts all fans when the GPU temp falls below 50 degrees and power consumption is low.
To get heat up off the die and into the heatsink array, we’ve engaged MaxContact technology to polish the surface of the heat spreader and improve smoothness at the microscopic level. The extra flatness allows for better contact with the die for enhanced thermal transfer.
The heat spreader draws heat up into heatpipes that carry it through a fin stack that fills most of the card’s large, 2.7-slot footprint.
Components are selected for TUF Gaming graphics cards based on their durability and performance. In addition to top-shelf chokes and MOSFETs, capacitors that meet military-grade certification make the TUF stand tall amongst the competition. The components are soldered to the PCB using our advanced Auto-Extreme automated manufacturing process. Smooth joints on the rear of the PCB and the elimination of human errors ensure each graphics card meets our rigorous specifications. Finally, to ensure flawless performance when it counts, the cards are subjected to a grueling 144-hour validation trial.
An all-aluminum shroud adds robust protection to TUF Gaming graphics cards and a no-nonsense industrial design and grayscale colourway fits into any build with ease.
It’s Cooler Out Back
The underside of the card reveals a host of improvements. Most of the rear is swathed in a protective metal backplate that prominently features a wide vent. The vent allows hot air to escape towards chassis exhaust fans instead of being recycled back into the GPU cooler. Stainless steel is used for the I/O bracket to protect ports and provide a more secure mount. A conveniently placed Dual BIOS switch allows customization of the card’s default performance profile without software.
The top-side RGB element can be customized to display a range of aesthetic and functional effects and also synced with other Asus components to enable uniform lighting. An 8-pin connector fulfills the power demands of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, and onboard LEDs light up if the power connectors are not plugged in correctly.
GPU Tweak II
The Asus GPU Tweak II utility takes graphics card tuning to the next level. It allows you to tweak critical parameters including GPU core clocks, memory frequency, and voltage settings, with the option to monitor everything in real-time through a customizable on-screen display. Advanced fan control is also included along with many more features to help you get the most out of your graphics card.
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OC Mode: Boost Clock: 1,785 MHz
Gaming Mode: Boost Clock: 1,755 MHz
- Boost frequency is the maximum expected GPU clock when lighter workloads are run under ideal thermal and electrical condition, set to typical TGP(Total Graphics Power). Actual individual boost clock results may vary.
- Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti V2 OC Edition (LHR) 8GB PCI-E Video Card
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Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3060 Ti
TUF is Asus branding for a more rugged, resistant FOCUS family of products. They usually are more low-key and less features than its more expansive ROG sibling. Instead brings a special FOCUS to its product robustness, and engineering. In short, the last component to die in your build will be a TUF one.
TUF Gaming RTX 3060 Ti quick Specs:
- unseen performances on a xx60 series
- Double CUDA Core count from the RTX 2060 Super
- Awesome cooling block
- DUAL-BIOS switch
- Engineering ( VRM and Re-enforced capacitors).
- Temps are amazingly good
- Stop-fan below 55c.
T he TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti comes with a significantly larger cooling block than Nvidia’s Founder’s edition. It is also thicker filling 2.7 slots, which is what most recent cards tends to fill.
It has 5 display outputs: – x3 DP 1.4a ( scales up-to [email protected] FPS) – x2 HDMI 2.1 (scales up to [email protected] FPS)
Let’s note the addition of that second HDMI 2.1 port, which is a TUF add-on. perfect for people who want to power both a monitor or TV and a VR headset without swapping wires constantly.
I t is powered by a GA104-200, a 8nm written dies, featuring 17,400 million transistors organized 4,864 CUDA cores, 152 Tensor cores for our AI DLSS abilities, and 38 Ray tracing cores, noticeably less than available on its predecessor.
But don’t be fooled by the lower core count, These are 3rd gen Tensor Cores, which is twice more powerful than its previous iteration.
We have more than twice the amount of CUDA cores than on its predecessor. Actually, 1800 more cores than the RTX 2080 which did cost about twice the RTX 3060 Ti does today.
Add to that a copious 8 GB off DDR6 ram, with a net result of 448Gb/s of memory bandwidth, same amount found on the ETX 2080 or its more expensive sibling the RTX 3070.
See where I am going with this? The 3060Ti has nothing of a Medium budget / medium performance card it was expected to be. It is a monstrously powerful card, which surpasses all of its expectations.
But it doesn’t end here. Instead of its usual 1.41 Ghz base clock, Asus has cranked up their poppy to a steamy 1785 Mhz in OC mode…
The VRM W e have no less than 8 50 Amps power stages. That’s right, we got 400 Amps worth of power to feed our GPU larger area. Being a TUF, the capacitors have been reinforced with Military graded capacitors, which…
yes, I try to keep it serious when Asus says anything is military graded… cause obviously, in a military conflict situation, throwing this card at your adversary will probably cause serious damage.
seriously, it means that these capacitors were re-enforced, and can last about twice its competition at a bout 5000 hours life-span. Powerful, and durable, exactly what Asus had to do to provide this card with strong a foundation, a massive engineering Kudos to Asus for this!
Despite these impressive number, the TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is impressively energy efficient, idling at only 16 watts, and inputting about 220 watts whilst gaming, with short bursts up-to 270 Watts. Therefore I would recommend no more than a 600 Watt PSU for any builds which will run the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060Ti at its core.
And that is a definite budget plus!
But where the TUF RTX 3060ti also shines, is in its really well-designed cooling abilities. We have this beautiful large and 2.7-slot tall fin stack.
Fed by 4 large-diameter copper pipes, it does an impeccable job at radiating most of our GPU heat away.
In addition, it is dressed by 3 90mm 0db fans, which thanks to its dual ball bearings can last up to a whooping 60 000 hours each, twice more than our usual sleeve bearing.
Removing them was rather easy, just look for these 3 screws only accessible through the fan blades, other than that it is straight forward. I tried to gather more information on these Champion branded fans, but nothing more than their extraordinary self-explanatory name : cf9010u12d.
Cooling results are, well, pretty much impressive if not top of its class. During a full hour stress test, the capacitors showed an ice cool 51c, which surprised me enough to repeat temperature test several times, and double check with software thermals. The GPU remained at about 65-70c all along the stress test, which is equally impressive. It is simply that cool!
The combinations of a massive fin block, with these 3 really efficient fans gives us one, if not the, coolest card on the market for that type of temps.
A quieter Card
The fans stop spinning when GPU temperatures fall below 55 degrees Celsius, allowing a quiet desktop whilst doing non-GPU intensive tasks.
And when they do spin, well they are almost silent, giving me a barely noticeable 35db when left on auto in the midst of gaming.
In game performances, cause that is what truly matters.
I have tested some of the most demanding graphics engines I know about, the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti continues to deliver way beyond its price point. Cyberpunk, at Ultra RAY Tracing, and well, ultra-everything else, was more than playable at 1080, but started to show some faiblesse at 4k.
Still it is incredibly performant, and surpasses what a 800 dollars card like the GeForce RTX2080 used to allow!
Same story with Watch Dog: Legion and Call Of Duty : Cold War, where I saw frame rates going above 75 in ultra 1k, and still pretty much playable at 4k, though I had to reduce setting to high instead of ultra.
3DMark gave me a score of 11,264 (again surpassing its much more expensive GeForce RTX2080 sibling). and confirmed my temperature finding, which again are ridiculously good!
One last point I want to cover, and a contentious one: The TUF gaming GeForce RTX 3060Ti is a PCIe 4.0 card. The Ampere powered cards are Nvidia first time implementation of that standard, which doubles our PCIe lane bandwidth.
But since this card, and all of the other 3000 series card, are still to outperform the PCIe 3.0 standard, you will have no performance gain from one to another, what so ever.
F irst I’ll note the presence of a DUAL BIOS switch which is rare enough on even expensive video cards. it will allow you to go for either performance or Quiet mode with the flick of a switch.
Much easier than having to go play with GPU-Z options and setting. Something the competition should seriously take note of. Obviously the card is fully supported by Asus now very well known GPU TWEAK II which gives a more detailed customization ability to your card.
Asus being Asus we do have a rather discreet but very stylish RGB strip back lidding a TUF logo, love the strong under-lined touch, which is obviously AURA compliant
A t about 470 USD, the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, is an absolute gaming must, especially for Ray Traced 1440p resolution. It simply redefines what that price-segment could deliver before, by doubling its performance metrics. It straight up equals or out-performs a 800-1000 dollars such as the GeForce RTX 2080.
And I have to give it to TUF, despite their usually bombastic marketing, there is a real engineering FOCUS behind the TUF branding, and its RTX 3060Ti really motivates the premium you’d pay on the Founder’s Edition. Asus really did an amazing job with its cooling solution, and gave us a Truly premium, well designed gaming card at an acceptable price point!
The only problem here is, as the rest of NVIDIA 3000 series, they are extremely hard to find, and pricing varies from MSRP to double that (at time of this article).
Assuming that future readers will have more favorable stock and will be able to purchase at MSRP pricing:
For budget conscience hardcore gamers, well, the 3060ti is a dream come true, allowing a gaming experience, never seen before on a sub-thousand dollar build!
Asus TUF GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review: Stone cold, dead silent
At a Glance
- Dead silent and exceptionally cool
- Spectacular 1440p gaming
- Dual-BIOS switch
- Extra HDMI 2.1 port
- Attractive all-metal design
- Superior ray tracing performance vs. AMD GPUs
- Massive size
- Factory overclock provides no real-world performance uplift
- 8GB of GDDR6 memory limits future 4K gaming potential
The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti puts exceptional custom touches on an exceptional 1440p graphics card. It’s dead silent, stone cold, and comes with nice extras like a dual BIOS switch and an second HDMI 2.1 port.
Best Today: TUF GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Nvidia’s 400 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a winner—we called it a “flawlessly constructed” 1440p GPU in our comprehensive review. But the cooling system around it matters. We also noted that while Nvidia’s radical new “flow-through” Founders Edition cooler tamed the GPU effectively enough, it isn’t nearly as potent in this smaller iteration as it is with the massive GeForce RTX 3090. Customized graphics card variants have plenty of room to improve on things, we said.
Today, the 460 Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti OC proves us right. Asus earned widespread praise for the cooling system on the TUF versions of high-end graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3080, and it’s just as formidable here. The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti runs frigidly and silently even under the heaviest loads, though it also comes with a pricing markup absent from more expensive models.
Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti specs, features, and design
Under the hood, the Asus TUF uses the same core technical configuration as all GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards, with 4,864 CUDA cores, 38 dedicated second-gen ray tracing cores, and 80 ROPs. The setup is powerful enough to topple last generation’s RTX 2080 Super—a ferocious graphics card that cost twice as much. Nvidia paired the GPU itself with 8GB of GDDR6 memory over a 256-bit bus, for a total memory bandwidth of 448GB/s.
Here’s a rundown of how the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti’s reference specifications compare against last-gen’s RTX 2060 Super and the step-up 500 RTX 3070:
Asus juiced clock speeds a bit on the TUF OC, pushing it to a 1,755MHz Boost clock and a 1,410MHz base clock. As you’ll see in our gaming benchmarks, however, the added frequency doesn’t really translate to any performance difference. The big draw here is the custom cooler.
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
You can literally see why Asus charges a premium for the TUF in this segment. It’s significantly larger than Nvidia’s Founders Edition model. While the Founders Edition measures 9.5 inches long and 3.75 inches wide in a standard two-slot design, the pleasantly plump Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti falls a hair under 12 inches long and a full inch wider. It’s also thicker, expanding to fill 2.7 slots (though to be honest, high-end graphics cards tend to be bigger than two slots more often than not these days).
Asus stuffed all that space with cooling. The TUF 3060 Ti includes a massive aluminum heatsink bristling with heatpipes. A polished coldplate provides coverage for the memory modules as well, with the help of well-placed thermal pads. The black shroud is also aluminum and holds a trio of axial fans with nine blades apiece and dual ball bearings. The fans stop spinning when GPU temperatures fall below 55 degrees Celsius, ensuring silence while you’re engaged in lower-intensity activities on your desktop.
The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti includes a full-length metal backplate on the top of the card, complete with a cutout toward the end that reveals the bare heatsink, providing extra airflow in Founders Edition-like fashion. The backplate features subtle black “tire tread” markings to drive home the TUF branding. The lack of thermal pads between the backplate and the card’s PCB means this large slab of metal doesn’t contribute to cooling any components. Nevertheless, the cooling on this card rocks.
Asus ships this card with a welcome dual-BIOS switch next to its sole 8-pin power connector, and in an especially welcome move, it clearly labels the behaviors exhibited by each BIOS position with labeling on the backplate. Other manufacturers take note and copy this, please—it’s vastly superior to having to sift through manuals or GPU-Z settings to puzzle out each option. Asus claims the Quiet mode is four times quieter than Performance mode while only two degrees warmer. But the default Performance mode is so cool and quiet, we can’t envision needing to use the secondary BIOS for anything but overclocking.
It’s not all business on this card. Asus equipped it with an illuminated RGB TUF logo on its edge, and a tiny RGB strip of light underneath that. Those mild accents are the only RGB lighting on the card, and they’re controllable with the Aura Sync feature included as part of Asus’s Armoury Crate package. Aura Sync manages lighting for all the Asus products in your system, while Asus’s GPU Tweak II software gives you finer control over your GPU’s behavior if you’re into fine-tuning things. GPU Tweak II’s software-enabled OC mode can boost the TUF’s clock speed by another 30MHz with a simple button-click.
Asus also added a little something extra to the RTX 3060 Ti’s port selection. The stock layout includes a single HDMI 2.1 connection and a trio of DisplayPorts, but the TUF adds a second HDMI 2.1 output—perfect for people who want to power both a monitor or TV and a VR headset without swapping wires constantly. It’s a welcome inclusion.
As a GeForce RTX 30-series GPU, the TUF supports all of Nvidia’s far-flung software features, such as DLSS 2.0, Shadowplay, GeForce Experience, Nvidia Broadcast, Nvidia Reflex, Ansel super screenshots, CUDA and Optix optimizations for creation workloads, and Nvidia’s superior NVENC encoder for video creation.
Bottom line? The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti offers a great cooler slapped atop a great GPU, augmented by a great software stack. Now let’s get to the games.
Our test system
Our dedicated graphics card test system is a couple of years old, but it’s packed with some of the fastest complementary components available to put any potential performance bottlenecks squarely on the GPU, especially at the higher resolution these graphics cards target. Most of the hardware was provided by the manufacturers, but we purchased the cooler and storage ourselves.
- Intel Core i7-8700K processor (300 on Amazon) overclocked to 5GHz all cores
- EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler (105 on Amazon)
- Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard
- 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4/2933 (355 on Amazon)
- EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply (352 on Amazon)
- Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case, with front and top panels removed and an extra rear fan installed for improved airflow
- 2x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs (70 each on Amazon)
We’re comparing the 460 Asus TUF RTX 3060 TI against Nvidia’s own GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, of course. We’re also including results for the 500 GeForce RTX 3070 and last-generation’s 350 RTX 2060, 500 RTX 2070, and 800 2080 Super, as well as AMD’s new 580 Radeon RX 6800 and last-gen 400 Radeon RX 5700 XT. Everything except the TUF are reference or Nvidia Founders Edition models, and we performed these tests using Asus’s default Performance BIOS, rather than the secondary Quiet BIOS.
We test a variety of games spanning various engines, genres, vendor sponsorships (Nvidia, AMD, and Intel), and graphics APIs (DirectX 11, DX12, and Vulkan). Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the highest possible graphics presets unless otherwise noted, with VSync, frame rate caps, real-time ray tracing or DLSS effects, and FreeSync/G-Sync disabled, along with any other vendor-specific technologies like FidelityFX tools or Nvidia Reflex. We’ve also enabled temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) to push these cards to their limits. We run each benchmark at least three times and list the average result for each test.
Even with its factory overclock, the Asus TUF delivers virtually identical performance to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, so we’ll present these benchmarks without additional commentary. Hit our wrap-up at the end for further analysis.
Gaming performance benchmarks
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the first games to debut on next-gen consoles. Ubisoft upgraded its Disrupt engine to include cutting-edge features like real-time ray tracing and Nvidia’s DLSS. We disable those effects for this testing, but Legion remains a strenuous game even on high-end hardware with its optional high-resolution texture pack installed. No card can maintain a 60-frames-per-second average with Ultra graphics options enabled, and the game allocates more than 8GB of memory even at 1440p. Oof.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Yep, Playstation exclusives are coming to the PC now. Horizon Zero Dawn runs on Guerrilla Games’ Decima engine, the same engine that powers Death Stranding. Ambient Occlusion can offer iffy results if set to Ultra, so we test with that setting at Medium. Every other visual option is maxed out.
Gears Tactics puts it own brutal, fast-paced spin on the XCOM-like genre. This Unreal Engine 4-powered game was built from the ground up for DirectX 12, and we love being able to work a tactics-style game into our benchmarking suite. Better yet, the game comes with a plethora of graphics options for PC snobs. games should devote such loving care to explaining what flipping all these visual knobs means.
You can’t use the presets to benchmark Gears Tactics, as it intelligently scales to work best on your installed hardware, meaning that “Ultra” on one graphics card can load different settings than “Ultra” on a weaker card. We manually set all options to their highest possible settings.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is more fun when you can play cooperatively with a buddy, but it’s a fearless experiment—and an absolute technical showcase. Running on the Vulkan API, Youngblood achieves blistering frame rates, and it supports all sorts of cutting-edge technologies like ray tracing, DLSS 2.0, HDR, GPU culling, asynchronous computing, and Nvidia’s Content Adaptive Shading. The game includes a built-in benchmark with two different scenes; we tested Lab X.
One of the best games of 2019, Metro Exodus is one of the best-looking games around, too. The latest version of the 4A Engine provides incredibly luscious, ultra-detailed visuals, with one of the most stunning real-time ray tracing implementations released yet. We test in DirectX 12 mode with ray tracing, Hairworks, and DLSS disabled for our basic benchmarks.
Borderlands is back! Gearbox’s game defaults to DX12, so we do as well. It gives us a glimpse at the ultra-popular Unreal Engine 4’s performance in a traditional shooter.
Strange Brigade is a cooperative third-person shooter where a team of adventurers blasts through hordes of mythological enemies. It’s a technological showcase, built around the next-gen Vulkan and DirectX 12 technologies and infused with features like HDR support and the ability to toggle asynchronous compute on and off. It uses Rebellion’s custom Azure engine. We test using the Vulkan renderer, which is faster than DX12.
Total War: Troy
The latest game in the popular Total War saga, Troy was given away free for its first 24 hours on the Epic Games Store, moving over 7.5 million copies before it went on proper sale. Total War: Troy is built using a modified version of the Total War: Warhammer 2 engine, and this DX11 title looks stunning for a turn-based strategy game. We test the more intensive battle benchmark.
The latest in a long line of successful racing games, F1 2020 is a gem to test, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options, making it a much more reliable (and fun) option that the Forza series. It’s built on the latest version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine, complete with support for DX12 and Nvidia’s DLSS technology. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies on and DLSS off.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous. Square Enix optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with DX12. Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses an enhanced version of the Foundation engine that also powered Rise of the Tomb Raider and includes optional real-time ray tracing and DLSS features.
Rainbow Six Siege
Like GTA V, Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege still dominates the Steam charts years after its launch, and it’ll be getting a visual upgrade for the next-gen consoles. The developers have poured a ton of work into the game’s AnvilNext engine over the years, eventually rolling out a Vulkan version of the game that we use to test. By default, the game lowers the render scaling to increase frame rates, but we set it to 100 percent to benchmark native rendering performance on graphics cards. Even still, frame rates soar.
Power draw, thermals, and noise
We test power draw by looping the F1 2020 benchmark at 4K for about 20 minutes after we’ve benchmarked everything else and noting the highest reading on our Watts Up Pro meter, which measures the power consumption of our entire test system. The initial part of the race, where all competing cars are onscreen simultaneously, tends to be the most demanding portion.
This isn’t a worst-case test; we removed the Core i7 8700K’s overclock and specifically chose a GPU-bound game running at a GPU-bound resolution to gauge performance when the graphics card is sweating hard. If you’re playing a game that also hammers the CPU, you could see higher overall system power draws. Consider yourself warned.
Somehow, Asus manages to draw quite a bit less power with the TUF than Nvidia needs for its RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. Rerunning the (long, oh so long) test several times on each card confirmed the results. Bravo, Asus.
We test thermals by leaving GPU-Z open during the F1 2019 power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.
Nvidia’s Founders Edition delivers fine thermal and acoustic performance, but the bulky Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti cooler takes it to the next level. It delivers downright frigid temperatures and better yet, it remains utterly silent while doing so. Seriously: I couldn’t hear this card over my system’s CPU cooler and case fans in any scenario. That’s not unusual for massive, fully kitted-out triple-slot versions of enthusiast-class GPUs, but it’s not typical in more midrange graphics cards like this.
And that’s with the default Performance BIOS enabled. I can’t envision any reason to flip over to the Quiet BIOS, which Asus claims is four times quieter, because this one is utterly silent. The dual-BIOS options and exceptional TUF cooler should prove welcome in any overclocking endeavors, however.
Should you buy the Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti?
The 460 Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti OC should definitely be on your shortlist. It puts an exceptional spin on an exceptional GPU, earning our Editors’ Choice award for the results.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is an exceptional no-compromises 1440p graphics card, as we covered extensively in our Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition review. It exceeds 60 frames per second in all games tested at that resolution—often by a wide margin—even with all visual bells and whistles enabled. Getting your games to run at 90 fps shouldn’t be an issue in most games. Nvidia’s second-gen ray tracing implementation is much faster than AMD’s debut Radeon attempt, especially when paired with the company’s fantastic DLSS 2.0 technology.
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ABOUT THIS ITEM
Discover incredible graphics performance with the Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti V2 OC Edition LHR Graphics Card. Powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with LHR, it also features 8GB of GDDR6 memory, triple Axial-tech fans, dual BIOS, and a metal backplate to provide a chart-topping thermal performance for everyday gaming and productivity.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with LHR — Powered by NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture, rip through the most demanding games with increased CUDA Cores and clock speeds. Also, take advantage of its enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and ultra-performance with an estimated 25 MH/s ETH hash rate, take on creative projects and play today’s games.
NVIDIA Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors — The building blocks for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPUs, the all-new Ampere SM brings 2x the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency.
2nd Gen RT Cores — Accelerate your workflow with its speedy rendering of ray-traced motion blur with greater visual accuracy.
3rd Gen Tensor Cores — Experience advanced graphics performance and fulfill your workloads with AI-specialized Tensor Cores.Experience advanced graphics performance and fulfill your workloads with AI-specialized Tensor Cores.
Excellent Performance — Programmed with Dual BIOS, enjoy up to 1785 MHz boost clock on OC Mode and 1755 MHz boost clock on Gaming Mode. Plus, 8GB GDDR6 memory provides reliable performance to play graphically demanding games.
Chart-Topping Cooling System — Featuring triple Axial-tech fans with side fans spinning counterclockwise, dual ball bearings, a 2.7-slot heatsink, and MaxContact Technology, this graphic card provides improved thermal transfer and durability.
Top-Shelf Components — Encased in an all-aluminum shroud with an RGB-lit logo, this graphics card has a vented metal backplate, stainless steel bracket, and military-grade certified capacitors soldered to the PCB using Auto-Extreme Technology.
Highly Compatible — This graphics card is equipped with a PCIe 4.0 interface, HDMI, and DisplayPort inputs to easily connect your peripherals. Plus, set up dual BIOS modes via GPU Tweak II utility.
|GPU||GeForce RTX 3060 Ti|
|Core Clock||1755 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1785 MHz|
|Memory Clock||14 Gbps|
|Interface||PCI Express 4.0|
|Maximum Resolution||7680 x 4320|
|HDMI||2 x HDMI 2.1|
|DisplayPort||3 x DisplayPort 1.4a|
|Slot Space Required||2.7 slot|
|HDCP Support||Yes (2.3)|
|Power Connectors||1 x 8-pin|
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