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RX 7700 XT vs RTX 3060 Ti [Gaming Results 2024]

In comparison, we will compare the price, performance, architecture, and power efficiency of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti against the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT

Rated: 7/10

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Rated: 6/10


Pros And Cons

Graphics CardProsCons
AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT✅ Significantly higher performance
✅ Better power efficiency
❌Narrower bus width
❌Higher price tag
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti✅Slightly lower price
✅Slightly lower power consumption
❌Lacluster performance
❌Small VRAM buffer
Key Takeaways
  • On average, in our gaming tests, the performance of the RX 7700 XT was over 22% higher than the RTX 3060 Ti, putting both cards in different tiers of performance.
  • The power consumption of the RX 7700 XT was only around 7% higher than the RTX 3060 Ti in our testing, which is an acceptable amount considering its performance improvements.
  • The price of the RTX 3060 Ti is still near MSRP despite the age of this card.
  • The high price tag of the RTX 3060 Ti, accompanied by its lackluster performance in modern titles, makes it hard to recommend it to most people looking for a budget graphics card.

Comparison Table

Technical SpecsNVIDIA RTX 3060 TiRadeon RX 7700 XT
ArchitectureAmpereRDNA 3.0
CUDA Cores48643456
Tensor Cores152NA
RT Cores3854
TMUs152216
ROPs8096
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory Speed448.0 GB/s448.0 GB/s
MSRP$399$449
Best VariantsBest RTX 3060 Ti Graphics CardsBest RX 7700 XT Graphics Cards

Architectural Difference

  1. Clock Speed: The RX 7700 XT has a base clock of 1700MHz, much higher than the 1410MHz base clock of the RTX 3060 Ti. The difference between the boost frequencies of these cards is even larger, with the RTX 3060 Ti sitting at around 1665MHz, while the RX 7700 XT has a boost clock of 2544MHz.
  2. VRAM: The AMD card has 12GB of video memory over a 192-bit bus, while the RTX 3060 Ti has 8 GB of memory over a 256-bit bus.
  3. Process Node: The RX 7000 series of GPUs utilize an advanced 5nm manufacturing process, while the RTX 3060 Ti uses an advanced yet a bit older 8nm processing node.
  4. TDP: The RX 7700 XT has a higher 245-watt TDP than the 200-watt TDP of the RTX 3060 Ti.
  5. Other Differences: Both graphics cards match each other for the most useful features they have. Both have support for hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, AI upscaling, and frame generation using AMD’s open-source software.

With the prices of graphics cards reaching the sky in recent years, a lot of gamers are yearning for good entry-level GPUs. The RX 7700 XT vs RTX 3060 Ti comparison will evaluate two contenders to determine the best price-to-performance card.


Gaming Benchmarks – 1440p

Now that we have an idea of the architectural differences of the RX 7700 XT vs RTX 3060 Ti, we will now compare the performance of these two GPUs in modern games. All the subsequent tests have been done on a testbench with handpicked components, the specifications of which are listed below:

Test Bench

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Our testing was kicked off with a 28% win for the RX 7700 XT in Baldur’s Gate, with an average framerate of 112 FPS against the RTX 3060 Ti’s average framerate of 96 FPS. Bear in mind all settings were set to max except for Ray Tracing, which we decided to turn off.
  • The 1% lows of the RX 7700 XT approached 72 FPS, while the Nvidia card managed a much smoother minimum framerate of 82 FPS.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora
Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Both GPUs did not give an enjoyable framerate in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, with the Nvidia card averaging around 34 FPS. The RX 7700 XT had an average framerate of around 39 FPS. AMD had an unceremonious 15% lead over its Nvidia counterpart in this game.
  • The 1% lows were even worse on both cards, with the 3060 Ti hovering around 21 FPS, while the RX 7700 XT had lows of around 28 FPS.

Escape From Tarkov

Escape From Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With the Ultra preset, this realistic game had an average framerate of around 82 FPS on the RX 7700 XT, which was around 17% higher than the 70 FPS average of the RTX 3060 Ti.
  • The 1% lows fell to around 68 FPS on the RX 7700 XT, while the RTX 3060 Ti fell below sixty frames with minimums of around 47 FPS.

Counter-Strike 2

Counter-Strike 2
Counter-Strike 2 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • At the Very High preset, the RTX 3060 Ti took its first win in CS 2, with an average framerate of 187 FPS, around 5% higher than the RX 7700 XT’s 178 FPS average.
  • The RX 7700 XT made up for its average by delivering superior 1% lows at around 150 FPS, significantly higher than the 122 FPS that the RTX 3060 Ti mustered as its minimum.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With no RT or upscaling, the RX 7700 XT ran Cyberpunk 2077 much better with an average framerate of 72 FPS, beating out the 52 FPS average of the RTX 3060 Ti by around 38%, a massive difference.
  • The 1% lows of the RTX 3060 Ti hovered around 38 FPS, while the RX 7700 XT managed a minimum framerate of around 56 FPS in graphically demanding moments in our gameplay.

Starfield

Starfield
Starfield @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With DRS turned off on the Ultra preset, the RX 7700 XT managed an average framerate of 58 FPS in Starfield, while the RTX 3060 Ti had an average of around 44 FPS. The latter was around 32% slower in this game on average.
  • The 1% lows of the RX 7700 XT were around 49 FPS in this game, while the RTX 3060 Ti struggled to maintain lows of around 33 FPS.

Diablo 4

Diablo 4
Diablo 4 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The Ultra preset in this game netted the RX 7700 XT an average framerate of 130 FPS18% higher than the 110 FPS average of the RTX 3060 Ti.
  • As for the 1% lows, the RTX 3060 Ti fell down to 62 FPS, while the RX 7700 maintained a comfortable lead at around 73 FPS.

Star Wars: Jedi Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor
Star Wars Jedi Survivor @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With all the settings cranked up except for RT, the RX 7700 XT had an average framerate of 59 FPS in Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, while the RTX 3060 Ti had an average of around 45 FPS. The RX 7700 XT was around 31% faster in this game.
  • The 1% lows danced around 31 FPS on the RTX 3060 Ti, while the RX 7700 XT had lows of around 47 FPS in graphically demanding scenes.

The Last Of Us Part 1

The Last Of Us
The Last Of Us @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The Ultra preset was pretty hard to run on both graphics cards with a smooth framerate, with the RX 7700 XT getting an average framerate of 62 FPS, while the RTX 3060 Ti had an average framerate of around 40 FPS. The advantage of the AMD card swelled up to 55% in this game.
  • The 1% lows of the RTX 3060 Ti were around 30 FPS in The Last Of Us, while the RX 7700 XT had more enjoyable minimums of 45 FPS. Both cards were no less stuttery in this game.

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The raster performance with maxed-out settings was around 110 FPS on average with the RX 7700 XT, while the RTX 3060 Ti had an average of around 73 FPS50% lower than that of the AMD card.
  • The RTX 3060 Ti managed 1% lows of around 53 FPS in this game, while the RX 7700 XT flew closer to 84 FPS as its minimum.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The average framerate of the RX 7700 XT was around 71 FPS in Hogwarts Legacy with the Ultra preset and RT turned off, while the RTX 3060 Ti was around 34% slower with an average framerate of 53 FPS.
  • Both graphics cards had pretty weak 1% lows in this game, with the RTX 3060 Ti evening out around 26 FPS, while the RX 7700 XT had lows of around 36 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

Average FPS
Average FPS @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Average Framerate

There was a massive difference between the performance of these two cards in almost every game, with the RX 7700 XT ultimately being around 22.5% in the lead. It had an overall average framerate of around 89 FPS, while the RTX 3060 Ti had an average framerate of around 73 FPS. The loss for the Nvidia card was much larger than we expected going into this comparison, and such a large difference certainly puts these two cards in different performance tiers.

1% Lows

The 1% lows of the RX 7700 XT were around 64 FPS on average, showing that it is a card adequate for 1440p gaming in most games with high settings. The RTX 3060 Ti missed the mark a little bit with lows around 51 FPS, which put it around 27% behind its competition.

Overall, the performance of the RTX 3060 Ti and the RX 7700 XT definitely differs a lot, with the AMD card being a clear win.

Winner: AMD's Radeon RX 7700 XT

Power Consumption

GameRTX 3060 Ti (W)RX 7700 XT (W)
Baldur's Gate 3230248
Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora231274
Escape From Tarkov210233
CS 2200193
Cyberpunk 2077228232
Starfield203208
Diablo 4209243
Star Wars: Jedi Survivor229225
The Last Of Us Part 1181208
Resident Evil 4225251
Hogwarts Legacy215213
Average Power Consumption215230
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti

The power consumption of the RX 7700 XT was around 7% higher than the RTX 3060 Ti on average, which is an acceptable increment considering the difference in performance. For most people, this little difference will not impact their gaming experience or day-to-day useability significantly.


Price And Value

ProcessorMSRPCurrent Price
RTX 3060 Ti💲399💲393
RX 7700 XT💲449💲439
Difference13%12%

Because of the recent demand of GPUs for AI servers, Nvidia cards have become particularly expensive. The cheapest we could find the RTX 3060 Ti on the used market was around $393, only slightly cheaper than its launch MSRP. This means that the RX 7700 XT is only 12% more expensive than the RTX card, which is a fair markup considering its increment in performance.


What We Recommend

RTX 3060 Ti: For most people, the current price of the RTX 3060 Ti does not justify its mediocre performance. Most modern titles have become too demanding to run at 1440p with high settings on this card, resorting to this GPU to be labelled as a good 1080p card if we ignore the price for a second. Nevertheless, taking into account the larger GPU market, we cannot recommend this card to most consumers.

RX 7700 XT: Despite its problems, the RX 7700 XT holds up pretty firmly against the RTX 3060 Ti in our comparison. It offers significantly superior performance at a comparable price, giving consumers a good option as an entry-level graphics card. Still, the price of this GPU is kind of steep for its tier.

The price-to-performance ratio of the GPU still seems to be off, but if you are choosing between the RTX 3060 Ti and RX 7700 XT, we would strongly recommend siding with the new AMD GPU instead of the barely discounting, sub-par performing Nvidia option.


FAQs

What processor would pair well with these cards?

Any recent i5 or Ryzen 5 processor should give you enough performance that CPU limiting should not be a factor with these graphics cards.

Is the hardware-accelerated ray tracing better on the RTX 3060 Ti?

No, both the RX 7700 XT and the RTX 3060 Ti perform about equivalently regarding hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

Can I use AI frame generation with these cards?

Yes, AMD’s Fluid Motion Frames Software allows any graphics card to utilize AI frame generation technology.


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