The YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed has published the results of gaming tests of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti with 16 GB of memory. The review concludes that it’s clearly not worth the recommended $500. In most cases, doubling the storage capacity of the card yielded only a small increase in gaming performance. The 1080p resolution averaged a 4% increase, while the 1440p resolution saw a mere 3% increase in favor of the 16GB version.
Keep in mind that the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB differs from the base model only in twice the amount of video memory, while maintaining a 128-bit memory bus. The novelty is based on the same AD106-350 GPU with 4352 CUDA cores as the model with 8GB of memory.
According to Hardware Unboxed tests, the presence of 16 GB of memory in the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can only be useful when it comes to ultra graphics settings with ray tracing enabled. In such situations, 8 GB is not enough, as shown by the examples from The Callisto Protocol, A Plague Tale Requiem, Halo Infinite and Forspoken that participated in the tests.
The frame rate in The Callisto Protocol at maximum quality settings and with ray tracing enabled was too low to play comfortably on the 8GB version of the card, as the card’s memory quickly became clogged with high-quality textures, even at 1080p resolution. As part of this gaming test, the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti with 8 GB of memory achieved minimum FPS of up to 12, and in rare cases even more than 70 maximum FPS. The model with 16 GB of storage again had a minimum frame rate of more than 60 and the maximum frame rate exceeded 100 FPS in some scenes.
The situation repeated itself in the case of the game A Plague Tale Requiem, which also used ray tracing. Drawdowns of up to 7 frames per second have been observed on the 8GB version of the card.
Check out the gallery below for gaming performance test results without ray tracing. In this case, both cards worked at almost the same performance level and only in rare exceptions did the model with 16 GB of memory assert itself a little more noticeably.
With games like Halo Infinite and Forspoken, the situation was a bit different. Although the frame rate in both cases was at acceptable values, problems with reloading textures were visible on a card with 8 GB of memory, since such a buffer size for these games was clearly not enough for the maximum quality settings.
The overall power consumption of a PC equipped with a GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics card with 16 GB of memory was slightly higher compared to the 8 GB version of the accelerator, but remained at a lower level overall compared to other graphics solutions.
Hardware Unboxed found out from NVIDIA why the 16GB version of the card ($499) was $100 more expensive compared to the 8GB version ($399). It turns out that not only is the issue double the amount of memory, but the 16GB version has half of the memory chips on the back of the PCB, making it more difficult to manufacture.
The main problem with all versions of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is related to their cost. In a positive sense, given its capabilities, a model with 8GB of storage shouldn’t cost more than $300, and with 16GB of storage shouldn’t cost more than $400, the Observer noted.