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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB vs 8GB Compared – Is The 16GB Worth It?

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB variant releases or “goes on sale” today. But unlike the previous GPU releases, RTX 4060 Ti 16GB reviews are missing. NVIDIA didn’t seed any sample to media outlets, and board partners are not interested in seeding samples either. Not seeding samples and quietly releasing them to the market doesn’t sound good for the 16GB variant. Since no reviews or comparisons were published, we don’t know if the 16GB variant is worth the extra $100. Well, I’m certain that it’s not. Luckily, MSI recently did a live stream showcasing the performance of its RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Slim 16GB variant. More details are below.

nvidia geforce rtx 4060 ti 16gb vs 8gb

MSI Tested and Compared RTX 4060 Ti 16GB vs. RTX 4060 Ti 8GB

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB variant has the same exact specs and configuration as the 4060 Ti 8GB. The only real difference is that the 16GB variant has, obviously, twice the memory size, and it is $100 more expensive than the 8GB variant.

I’m not sure if NVIDIA released a 16GB variant due to criticism that the RTX 4060 series family has only 8GB memory; or if it was already planned way before NVIDIA announced/revealed the 4060 family. Either way, it doesn’t excite gamers and PC enthusiasts at all.

During MSI’s live stream, they tested an MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Slim 16GB in 6 game titles. These games are Cyberpunk 2077, F1 2023, Rainbow 6: Siege, CS:GO, Fortnite, and Hogwarts Legacy. I’m surprised they didn’t test it on Plague Tail: Requiem, Resident Evil 4, or even Last of Us. Either way, the results were surprising (not).

msi rtx 4060 ti 16gb vs 4060 ti 8gb

Compared to the 8GB variant, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB performed similarly to the 8GB variant. Some game titles have a few fps differences, but the performance is generally the same. They did get higher FPS on CS:Go with the 16GB variant; that’s why it was a missed opportunity that they didn’t test the card with game titles that require more VRAM.

Nevertheless, I don’t think the 16GB is worth the extra $100. Especially since its VRAM has a gimped configuration and the 4060 only uses PCIe x8. Instead of getting an RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, the RTX 4070 is a more sensible option. The RTX 4070 is generally faster (about 30%), doesn’t have a gimp memory config, and uses a full PCIe x16 interface.

You can check how NVIDIA’s RTX 4060 Ti 8GB performs from our review here:
MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Review
Zotac RTX 4060 Ti Twin Edge Review

Overall, I think the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB shouldn’t exist, and it’s just a waste. You can watch MSI’s live stream below.

Video has now been privated / removed by MSI.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB and 4060 Ti 8GB Specifications

Graphics CardRTX 4060 Ti 16GBRTX 4060 Ti 8GB
Fabrication ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom Process
Transistor Count22.9 billion22.9 billion
ArchitectureAda LovelaceAda Lovelace
Graphics Processing Clusters33
Texture Processing Clusters1717
Streaming Multiprocessors3434
CUDA Cores43524352
Tensor Cores136 (4th Gen)136 (4th Gen)
RT Cores34 (3rd Gen)34 (3rd Gen)
Texture Units136136
Boost Clock2535 MHz2535 MHz
Memory Clock9000 MHz9000 MHz
Memory Data Rate18 Gbps18 Gbps
L2 Cache Size32,768 KB32,768 KB
Total Video Memory16 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface128-bit128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth288 GB/s (554 GB/s effective)288 GB/s (554 GB/s effective)
Texture Rate345 GigaTexels/sec345 GigaTexels/sec
Connectors3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI
Minimum Power Supply550 Watts550 Watts
Total Graphics Power (TGP)160 Watts160 Watts
PCI Express InterfaceGen 4Gen 4
Release DateJuly 2023May 2023
Launch Price$499$399
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