I Would Recommend These GPUs Instead of The RTX 4060 Ti

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Looking For a $500 Graphics Card? Well, The RTX 4060 Ti isn't The One.

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  • The RTX 4060 Ti offers the same subpar performance as its 8GB variant.
  • It uses a custom clamshell configuration that aids in accommodating an extra 8GB VRAM while maintaining the same 128-bit bus.
  • The RX 7800 XT, RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, and RTX 4070 are better choices overall.

Nvidia started off great with its flagship Ada Lovelace graphics cards; unfortunately, though, the mid-range releases turned out to be underwhelming. Both the RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti cards offer subpar performance and almost negligible performance uplift over their previous-gen counterparts. 

Nvidia made things much worse by releasing a 16GB variant of the RTX 4060 Ti, too, at an absurd price of $500. A xx60-tier card at such an atrocious price doesn’t make sense at all, and I would never recommend getting this card while options like the RTX 4070, RX 7800 XT, RX 6800, and RX 6700 XT still exist. 

What Does It Offer on Its Own? 

The RTX 4060 Ti was initially launched with just 8GB of VRAM at an MSRP of $400. Which later received a 16GB version with an increment of a massive $100 in its MSRP. The card itself is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and has a 128-bit memory bus, which is essentially one of the key factors in restricting the card’s potential. 

Due to the added VRAM, the 16GB variant also consumes 5W more power, resulting in its rated TDP of 165W. Despite all that, it doesn’t provide any noticeable improvements over its 8GB variant except for the 1% and 0.1% lows; that’s where the extra VRAM comes into play. It also offers some minor improvements in features like DLSS3 and Ray Tracing and productivity applications, but the difference still isn’t big enough to ignore its MSRP.

What Are the Alternatives Then?

Knowing its minimal performance gain over its predecessor and its higher price tag, I would not recommend picking this for your build, as I wouldn’t personally pick it myself. Instead, I would highly recommend getting these GPUs: 

1. Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 

The RTX 4070 boasts 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM with a 192-bit memory bus, which comes in at around $560, which is slightly higher than $500. However, the extra $60 premium does pay off well in terms of performance. The cards stack nicely against the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB in almost every instance, thanks to its superior core specifications, including a much wider memory bus, unlike the RTX 4060 Ti’s 128-bit bus. In our testing, the RTX 4070 stays ahead by a decent margin, whether it’s 1080p and 1440p rasterized performance or with Ray Tracing. The difference in frame rates is huge, and that says a lot about the superiority of the RTX 4070 against the RTX 4060 Ti

RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 4070
RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 4070 (Click to enlarge)

2. AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT

The RX 7800 XT comes with 16GB of GDDR6 memory, the same as the RTX 4060 Ti but with double the memory bus interface, and was launched at the same $500 MSPR. However, currently, it can be picked up for as low as $480 through Newegg and other retailers. This GPU is also one of my picks because of the raw power that it packs at such an impressive price tag. In our testing, the RX 7800 XT crushed the RTX 4060 Ti in rasterized performance at 1080p and 1440p resolutions. However, the difference became less apparent when ray tracing was turned on. Even so, the RX 7800 XT managed to take the lead despite having 2nd Gen RT Cores against the RTX 4060 Ti’s 3rd Gen RT Cores. 

RTX 4060 Ti vs RX 7800 XT
RTX 4060 Ti vs RX 7800 XT (Click to enlarge)

3. AMD Radeon RX 6800 

The RX 6800 also has the same 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM as the RTX 4060 Ti but takes the lead in the memory bus interface by coming with a 256-bit bus. Even though the RX 6800 isn’t new, it still packs a significant amount of power and delivers punches capable of hitting the RTX 4060 Ti. Our testing also proved this: the RX 6800 delivered a higher average FPS in many games at 1080p and 1440p rasterized settings. While the RTX 4060 Ti took the lead when RT was enabled, the difference isn’t that much, and the RX 6800 currently costs only $370 against the $450 of the RTX 4060 Ti. The RX 6800 is, therefore, a more feasible choice for gaming.

RTX 4060 TI vs RX 6800
RTX 4060 TI vs RX 6800 (Click to enlarge)

4. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

The RX 6700 XT is equipped with 12GB of GDDR6 memory and a 192-bit memory bus; moreover, it also falls under the older RDNA2 generation of AMD graphics cards. It’s one of my favorites, as it delivers excellent performance at a very affordable price. The card itself doesn’t beat the RTX 4060 Ti in any configuration, on average, but considering that it’s being sold for as low as $290, this card is a no-brainer

RTX 4060 Ti vs RX 6700 XT
RTX 4060 Ti vs RX 6700 XT (Click to enlarge)

RTX 4060 Ti May Become a Decent Choice

Keeping the lackluster performance, average core specifications, and bad price in mind, I’m not going to recommend the RTX 4060 Ti until it receives a serious price cut that justifies what it offers.

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