Asus TUF GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review: Stone cold, dead silent

The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti puts exceptional custom touches on an exceptional 1440p graphics card.

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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.

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The Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti in our test system.

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.

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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.

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Next page: gaming benchmarks continue

At a Glance
  • 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.

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

    • Massive size
    • Factory overclock provides no real-world performance uplift
    • 8GB of GDDR6 memory limits future 4K gaming potential
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