Test: MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio

Test: MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio

Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture has become one of the most unpopular series of video cards of all time. The 60-series mid-tier cards have been massacred by critics – including us – and now we have a new card on our test bench.

Not surprisingly, the score is low.

We didn’t ship an RTX 4060 Ti at launch, but we got a card from a third-party manufacturer. Nvidia press contact stopped responding to us after your most recent article.

The Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti comes in two different versions, with either 8GB or 16GB of video memory. None of them were well received because of the price level, but that’s perhaps especially true of the version I’m testing; one with 8 GB.

The MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio currently costs around NOK 6,000 in Norwegian online stores.

Mannequins rope

The RTX 4060 Ti has 4352 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 video memory. The version I’m testing comes with an eight-pin power connector, and should draw up to 160 watts from the wall.

I have tested MSI cooler many times before. Even under full load, as it uses 160 watts, it delivers low temperatures with little noise.

Style: MSI is good at design. The cooler works fine.

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At most, I’ve seen temperatures of 67 degrees. The video card runs at up to 2850MHz out of the box, which is over 200MHz above what MSI advertises.

But third party manufacturers aren’t the problem with the Lovelace generation either.

disappointing

It is the performance that is a big minus for both the RTX 4060 and the RTX 4060 Ti. They simply don’t live up to the price.

Normally, one would expect the new generations to perform slightly better in the category above than the previous generation—that is, the RTX 4060 Ti should do better than the RTX 3070 Ti—at a lower price, but that’s not the case here.

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The 4060 Ti struggles even against the RTX 3070. We haven’t tested the RTX 3070 on our new test rig, but we feel it’s consistent with our previous test numbers, along with results from other critics.

We ran the RTX 4060 Ti through 15 different games at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions. The RTX 4060 Ti offers a high average frame rate when we have a few older games, and it’s a marginally better buy than the RTX 4060, but With these results, it is also best to buy a used card of the previous generation.

Our tests here, which you can see in detail on the next page, show that the RTX 3070 Ti is clearly more powerful. The RTX 3070 Ti can still be bought new online, and cheap versions are only a few hundred dollars more expensive than this one.

The results also show that 8GB of video memory is too small for 4K gaming in some of our games. For example, I experienced drops of up to 5fps in Far Cry 6, but the test window itself remained at a more or less normal level.

Very weak ray tracing

The difference up to the RTX 3070 Ti is somewhat smaller in the games I tested using ray tracing.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t help much. This isn’t a graphics card that you have to turn on ray tracing with in new games, as the frame rate dropped below 60 very quickly.

In short, there isn’t much to be happy about when it comes to performance here. It’s perfectly fine, but nothing more than that.

The only reason to buy the RTX 4060 Ti is to get access to the Frame Generation and the latest generation of DLSS. This is not a good enough argument.

Conclusion

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Ada Lovelace’s architecture was a teeny-tiny roller coaster. The RTX 4090 was also very expensive, but without competition in terms of performance, you can set the price as you like. Therefore, the video card is a hit.

It is worse in the middle class.

The RTX 4060 Ti is slightly better than the RTX 4060, but unfortunately it doesn’t provide much consolation when older video cards from both Nvidia and AMD can offer more performance for the money.

While you can play most things at 1080p and 1440p without issue with the RTX 4060 Ti, there’s no reason to buy this compared to, say, the predecessor, the RTX 3070 Ti.

We’ve seen used versions of the RTX 3080 Ti go for around 5,000 NOK on Finn.No recently, and then you get 50 percent higher performance at 1080p/1440p and almost twice the frame rate at 4K. Instead, aim for something like this.

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