Today’s the day that Nvidia has earmarked for the launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, the variant of the company’s RTX 4060 Ti that doubles the VRAM of the first model of the card. However, as previously reported, Nvidia hasn’t worked with review sites such as ourselves to provide review samples of the cards and nor have board partners such as Asus and MSI provided review samples. As such, we have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB launch with no reviews or announcements from Nvidia or its partners, despite cards now being available for pre-order on retail websites.
The new card is exactly the same as the existing RTX 4060 Ti 8GB but includes double the VRAM. While in most instances this means it doesn’t provide any extra performance (other than where board partners have overclocked the GPU or memory), making it a somewhat pointless buy for most gamers, there are some examples where the extra VRAM will provide big frame rate increases.
In particular, we recently saw how the 16GB Intel Arc A770 destroyed the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB (and other 8GB graphics cards such as the AMD RX 7600) when ray tracing was enabled in Doom Eternal, thanks to the game needing more than 8GB of VRAM. Such situations aren’t common but neither are they vanishingly rare.
As such, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB should have made for a card that provides a nice range of performance for 1080p gaming, except Nvidia couldn’t help but put its price too high. The company is asking for an extra $100 or £90 over the 8GB card, despite it only offering a performance advantage in these relatively extreme scenarios.
All of which is why today these cards have appeared for pre-order in shops – the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB release date for purchase is Aug 4th 2023 – but there are no reviews to accompany the launch.
Still, if you do fancy getting hold of a card, they can be found on sites such as bestbuy.com in the US and scan.co.uk in the UK. Prices range from $500 to $529 and from £480 to £595, which compares to $400-$449 and £390-£430 for the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB. Meanwhile, if you actually want to buy the best graphics card for 1080p gaming right now, you can pick up an AMD RX 7600 via the links below, for just $260.
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