Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti review: the typical performance upgrade spectrum

Metro Exodus, Dirt Rally 2.0, Assassin's Creed Unity.

Our final three rasterised games are all corkers: Metro Exodus, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Assassin's Creed Unity.

In order to deliver precise results, our performance data is more than just a readout of an average frame-rate at the end of a test. Instead, we use the FCAT tool built into Rivatuner Statistics Server (RTSS), which overlays a coloured border to the left side of the screen. Each new frame is represented by another coloured box in the sequence - and its height signifies the time it took to generate. We capture a direct feed of the game footage and border from the graphics card we're testing, analysing the resultant video file with our own tools to essentially write down the frame-time for each frame. This metadata is then uploaded to the Eurogamer website and then rendered by the server into the live performance widgets you see below, allowing us to pick and choose the comparisons you'll find most interesting or helpful - and give you the power to make your own choices too.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is another game with a great standalone benchmark, although it was a bit bugged on launch, delaying its adoption by the tech press. Regardless, we see the 3060 Ti and 2080 Super performing nigh-identically, while the 3070 holds a 32 per cent advantage over the new Nvidia card. We need to drop down to 1440p to hold a steady 60fps throughout the bench, again suggesting that the 3060 Ti is more suited to this intermediate resolution - although again DLSS is an untapped option to boost frame-rates at the expense of some visual clarity.

Metro Exodus: Ultra, DX12, TAA

  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT

Dirt Rally 2.0

Dirt Rally 2.0 is a tricky, flicky kind of game, and the benchmark is much the same. The 2080 Super holds a small advantage over the 3060 Ti here, to the tune of 1fps at 4K - so not much in it at all. I'd want to drop the graphical settings a bit to guarantee a smooth experience - these corners can be killer and some might say that the 8x MSAA specified in the settings is extreme overkill - but this is still a decent result for a card of this class. Against the RTX 3070, the 3060 Ti only manages around 80 per cent of the 4K frame-rate - not great when you're paying around 84 per cent of the 3070's price. There are still big gains against Pascal cards that were sold at a similar price-point, though the increase up against GTX 1080 Ti isn't quite as pronounced as in other titles.

Dirt Rally 2.0: DX12, Ultra, TAA+8x MSAA

  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 6800 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 5700 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT

Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity is perhaps best remembered for its silly bugs, especially on console, but the PC version of the game - and the game running on Xbox Series X - is a genuine technical achievement. After watching this benchmark sequence for years I dipped into it again, and I've got to say it looks pretty good in motion - at least for a 2014 release. The 3060 Ti is a good GPU to play ACU on too, with the card pulling out a seven per cent lead over the 2080 Super to comfortably eclipse 65fps. We also see one of the largest margins between the 3060 Ti and the RX 5700 XT, with the new Nvidia card defeating the 5700 XT by 47 per cent. You'll also note some big, big gains over GTX 1080 Ti, which scale aggressively as resolution increases.

AC Unity: Ultra High, DX11, FXAA

  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • RTX 2070
  • RTX 2070 Super
  • RTX 2080
  • RTX 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • Titan RTX
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3090
  • RX 5700 XT
  • RX 6800
  • RX 6800 XT

That brings our analysis of traditional rasterised games to a close, but now it's time to check out RT performance. Ampere's second-generation RT cores have proven capable in our previous 30-series tests, so we expect to see an even greater margin between the 3060 Ti and last-gen cards like the 2080 Super.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Analysis

Will you support the Digital Foundry team?

Digital Foundry specialises in technical analysis of gaming hardware and software, using state-of-the-art capture systems and bespoke software to show you how well games and hardware run, visualising precisely what they're capable of. In order to show you what 4K gaming actually looks like we needed to build our own platform to supply high quality 4K video for offline viewing. So we did.

Our videos are multi-gigabyte files and we've chosen a high quality provider to ensure fast downloads. However, that bandwidth isn't free and so we charge a small monthly subscription fee of $5. We think it's a small price to pay for unlimited access to top-tier quality encodes of our content. Thank you.

Support Digital Foundry

Find out more about the benefits of our Patreon

Read the Eurogamer.net reviews policy

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (92)

About the author

Will Judd

Will Judd

Senior Staff Writer, Digital Foundry  |  wsjudd

A bizarre British-American hybrid, Will turns caffeine into technology articles through a little-known process called 'writing'. His favourite games are Counter-Strike, StarCraft and Fallout 2. Will also tweets the latest tech deals at @DealsFoundry.

Related

You may also enjoy...

Square Enix bans almost 6000 players for real-money trading in Final Fantasy 14

"Players should take care to steer clear of any activity that violates the Terms of Service."

Gogeta SS4 is coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ later this week

Plus Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will receive its final DLC, Trunks: The Warrior of Hope, in "summer 2021".

Take-Two's CEO reckons we're "ready" for $70 video games

"We're here to captivate and engage consumers, and if we do that then monetisation follows.”

Digital FoundryInside Dinosaur Planet - examining Rare's recently recovered 'lost' N64 game

A closer look at the project that would become Star Fox Adventures on GameCube.

Comments (92)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading
Eurogamer.net

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch