Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC Graphics Card Review | IGN

Despite its limited availability, the RTX 30-Series has been with us for some time and has proven itself to be an excellent choice for gamers. Today, I’m looking at the Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC. Featuring a fast factory overclock, a large and quiet cooler, dual BIOS, and striking RGB, it’s an impressive graphics card. But is it worth the $599 premium?

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Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC – Design and Features

The ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti is a beast of a card. It features a striking, and great looking, triple-fan cooler that absolutely dwarfs the Founders Edition version of the card. In fact, it’s tenths of an inch bigger than the BFGPU itself, the RTX 3090, though Asus classified this card as 2.9-slot width instead of the 3090’s 3-slot. It’s an inconsequential difference. The card is built sturdily; that metal trim isn’t just for show. It uses a metal frame to prevent sag and even more on the backplate to shed heat. It’s a heavy, industrial looking card that doesn’t need RGB to look cool (though it has that too).

That large cooler is put to good use. I was happy to see that the Strix follows Nvidia’s lead and uses a shortened PCB. The last fan blows directly through the heatsink and exhausts through a vent in the backplate of the card. This design, combined with Asus’s Axial-tech fan design, allows the card to stay nice and cool while also keeping temperatures down.

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In my testing, it peaked at 59 degrees celsius in my Lian Li LanCool II chassis. That’s remarkably cool. A similarly specced MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio, reached 68C under the same conditions. The Founders Edition reached 75C. The card features a zero RPM mode, which stops the fans when the card isn’t being pressed, but even under full load I was hard pressed to hear any difference in noise with my naked ear. Using a decibel meter, it came in at 35dB, which was only 2dB louder than the FE. Both cards were easily drowned out by my case fans. The card features a dual BIOS switch to choose between Performance and Quiet modes. Toggling it to Quiet allowed the card to rise to 63C under load but dropped to 31dB, beating the Founders Edition.

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Running so cool also means thermal throttling is never an issue. The card comes with a high factory overclock of 1890 MHz in OC Mode, which is a solid +220MHz boost over the reference model. Thanks to those low temps, the card was easily able to surpass this and instead hovered around 2GHz. As a result, it was able to eek out slightly higher FPS in many scenarios than other RTX 3060 Tis I tested.

Under the hood, the Strix is packing all of the same specs as every other RTX 3060 Ti: 4864 CUDA Cores, 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, as well as the latest generation of Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. No matter which card you buy, you’ll have access to core features of this generation like DLSS, which intelligently upscales content to play games at higher resolutions with lower performance cost. Likewise, you’ll also be able to enjoy ray tracing and AI enhanced features like Nvidia Broadcast. Be sure to read about the other benefits of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition.

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Finally, when it comes to IO, the card features three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs, dual HDMI 2.1 outputs, and includes HDCP support. The maximum resolution is 7680 x 4320 broken across a maximum of four displays.

Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC – Performance

With hardware out of the way, it’s time to look at performance. I test graphics cards using a set procedure, first running each new GPU through a series of synthetic benchmarks for rasterization and ray tracing performance. Then, I dive into real-world performance using an array of a dozen popular games both with and without ray tracing and DLSS support. All games are tested at Ultra settings unless otherwise noted.

Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC – Synthetic Benchmarks

Card 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Uniengine Heaven 4.0
Nvidia RTX 3090 Founders Edition 12,055 4,106
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 12,105 3,671
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition 10,744 3,385
AMD Radeon RX 6800 10,265 3,041
Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition 8,547 2,785
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition 7.306 2,258
Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC 7,538 2,392
MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio 7,449 2,284
Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Extreme 8,426 2,882
Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition 6,902 2,301

In 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Unigine’s Heaven benchmark, the Asus leads the Founders Edition and MSI Gaming X Trio. Expectedly, it fell short of the RTX 2080 Ti but did surpass the RTX 2080 Super in Heaven.

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Turning to ray tracing performance, the story is much the same. The results are very close, but what I would expect from a card with a higher factory overclock and plentiful thermal headroom. Still, the results are close between each RTX 3060 Ti variant, which is a trend as you’ll see in the gaming benchmarks.

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Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti OC – Gaming Benchmarks

Looking at our core five games for GPU reviews, we can see that the Asus ROG Strix performs well, generally leading the the Founders Edition and MSI Gaming X Trio. There is some back and forth, however, indicating that the variance between the cards is slight.

To get a better eye on overall performance, I put the card through my expanded suite of testing. The trend remained true throughout. Compared against the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, the Asus averaged 3% faster frame rates at both 1440p and 1080. Against the MSI, it was 4% and 1% faster. Though that might seem slightly odd given that the MSI is also a factory overclocked card, remember that we’re talking differences of 2-3 FPS in some cases. The real world performance difference usually isn’t noticeable at all.

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Looking at these results, it’s clear that the Asus ROG Strix RTX 3060 Ti is the best RTX 3060 Ti of the three I’ve been able to test so far. Thanks to thermals not generally being a problem for any of these cards, and GPU Boost reliably overclocking each, the real world difference is extremely small. Due to this, the real benefit to this card is in its temperature and acoustic performance more than its sheer FPS.

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