Overclocking MSI RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO

Default GPU Frequency

How do you overclock the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO? Before we go adjusting core and memory sliders, it’s important that we observe and record the baseline experience one can expect from this GPU. This information can be important to anyone buying new and with no intention of overclocking. My process for obtaining these clocks was simply to run through Watch Dogs Legions at 1440p with the highest settings and recording core clocks with GPU-z.

During all testing, the ambient room temperature was 72F/22.2C. We want to see that the specified boost clocks are realistic and in no way being constrained by the thermal solution on the card. MSI specifies a 1830MHz boost clock, let’s see how much headroom this cooler can give us in testing.

In the above chart, we can see that at all times we are operating higher than the MSI specified boost clock of 1830MHz. In fact, our lowest observed clock speed was 1935MHz, or 105MHz/5.11% above the advertised clock speed. We saw a peak clock of 1965MHz while also managing an average clock speed of 1948.37MHz. This translates into a 6.26% clock increase over MSI’s overclock. Again we see the NVIDIA boost algorithm trying to obtain as much performance as allowed. Our Peak performance at 1965MHz gave us a 7.11% increase over that 1830MHz boost clock specification. All of this is without touching a single GPU based setting on the system, this is stock performance. I certainly cannot wait to see what the competition can do given how well MSI is doing out the gate. Build quality must be fantastic for this cooler and so begins our tear down in order to find out.

Highest Stable Overclock

For overclocking in this review we will be using MSI’s own Afterburner Software. I had expected that perhaps MSI Afterburner would allow me to adjust all options but due to the pre-release nature of the video card and its drivers, I was unable to move the voltage slider in any direction. This was, of course, after unlocking voltage control with the options in Afterburner. Regardless of that setback, I was still able to adjust the power limit, temp limit, and clock speeds.

In the photo above you can see how far we managed to take this video card. Firstly, the Power Limit allowed only a small 4% increase. However, keep in mind that because this is a custom video card the TDP is already different than a Founders Edition. These numbers were settled upon after countless hours in both real-world games as well as synthetic benchmark loops. We were able to push the memory up by about 800MHz taking us up from 1750MHz/14Gbps to 1902MHz/15.2GHz. This was an impressive result.

With our core adjustments, we had to be more conservative at a mere 160MHz boost to our clocks. When utilizing these settings in gaming we saw average clock speeds at 2076MHz with boosts around 2100MHz and a minimum of 2055MHz. With these results, we are now seeing clock speed averages that are 6.34% higher than the default on this video card. Our minimums are now 6% higher than our previous minimums and our peak clock speeds are reaching 6.64% higher than our out of the box performance.

These results are very good. It is hitting a minimum of 2070MHz and stays pretty much at 2080MHz while gaming. This overclock is higher than that what we experienced on the Founders Edition video card, it averaged 2052MHz on its overclock. Therefore, the MSI RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is overclocking much higher.

The real impressive feature here was that we managed to obtain these results with zero significant impact to the acoustic performance of the video card and without tweaking Voltage. I am talking about dead silent operation throughout both the gaming session and synthetic benchmark loops. MSI also manages to keep our max temperature at 69 Celsius during both our real-world and synthetic benches. As most of our readers will know this is well within spec for a modern-day GPU.

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12 Comments

  1. Trying to justify buying an overpriced lesser GPU that needs very aggressive overclocks to get "close" to the baseline of better GPU that sits only 10 dollars ahead is not very convincing……not to mention, compare apple to apples, overclock the 3070 FE and then compare them. If the 3060 you review was significantly cheaper, you might have an argument……10 bucks…..nope.
    Also, since you can’t buy either one……well who cares.
  2. Yeah… The pricing on this one doesn’t make total sense. Like Magoo was saying, it’s only $10 cheaper than the 3070 FE, and I’m sure would be stomped if the FE was overclocked too.

    Only positive I do have to add, is its nice to see them crush last generations GPUs with a power reduction to boot!

    PS: Nice review {NG}Fidel! Well done!

  3. Trying to justify buying an overpriced lesser GPU that needs very aggressive overclocks to get "close" to the baseline of better GPU that sits only 10 dollars ahead is not very convincing……not to mention, compare apple to apples, overclock the 3070 FE and then compare them. If the 3060 you review was significantly cheaper, you might have an argument……10 bucks…..nope.
    Also, since you can’t buy either one……well who cares.

    Look it fas some fancy lights, hey lets charge $90+
    Really there is NO scenenario where this card is a better choice than the simplest RTX3070.

  4. Pricing on everything is pretty much broken right now, a rotten time to buy any class of GPU.
    That being said, this card did impress me due to its low operating temperatures, silent operation, and its build quality. Feel free to disagree. For my part I agree that the pricing is steep, as are most premium GPUs, and perhaps I could have worded that better in my article.
    On the other hand, I think they are providing a premium product here, and MSRP’s are basically meaningless right now.

    I get the feelings here though guys, and I sympathize. Right now I am looking around for a friend, his Titan X Pascal had its VRAM take a **** on him, and it feels like looking around for replacements is a waste of time. Everything Is marked up to a ridiculous amount to a point where I think we do need to allow for some time to pass before prices settle down to something reasonable.

  5. Pricing on everything is pretty much broken right now, a rotten time to buy any class of GPU.
    That being said, this card did impress me due to its low operating temperatures, silent operation, and its build quality. Feel free to disagree. For my part I agree that the pricing is steep, as are most premium GPUs, and perhaps I could have worded that better in my article.
    On the other hand, I think they are providing a premium product here, and MSRP’s are basically meaningless right now.

    I get the feelings here though guys, and I sympathize. Right now I am looking around for a friend, his Titan X Pascal had its VRAM take a **** on him, and it feels like looking around for replacements is a waste of time. Everything Is marked up to a ridiculous amount to a point where I think we do need to allow for some time to pass before prices settle down to something reasonable.

    There are no bad products, only bad prices :LOL: :LOL: :rolleyes::rolleyes:

    I don’t really think it makes sense to make premium cards that overlap with the next tier specially with mainstream cards. There are several 3070 premium cards that retail at over $600 but they don’t overlap with the RTX3080.

  6. It’s kinda like this: Premium Card vs. Premium Card it might make sense

    But Premium Card vs. Stock Reference MSRP Card it doesn’t

    Know what I mean?

    The MSI 3070 GAMING X TRIO is $599 vs. The MSI 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is $489

    So if you only go for premium, custom cards then there you go, there’s a $110 price separation, and so the 3060 Ti looks more appealing price-wise, and can reach almost 3070 performance. That’s not a bad deal.

    MSI 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is $489 vs. Stock Reference MSRP 3070 is $499

    Well then that doesn’t look like a good deal, but at this point, you are comparing a premium custom card, to a no frills, stock, reference 3070 at its MSRP, and yes that would mean the 3070 is a better deal, BUT, you forgo the bells and whistles. In that comparison, it doesn’t make sense, but again, it’s two different "builds" of cards.

  7. Really there is NO scenenario where this card is a better choice than the simplest RTX3070.

    There is the scenario where this card is in stock at MSRP, and the closest 3070 is a scalped $1200 model.

    It looks a lot better in that hypothetical situation, but in deference to your point – that’s about the only situation it looks good.

  8. It’s kinda like this: Premium Card vs. Premium Card it might make sense

    But Premium Card vs. Stock Reference MSRP Card it doesn’t

    Know what I mean?

    The MSI 3070 GAMING X TRIO is $599 vs. The MSI 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is $489

    So if you only go for premium, custom cards then there you go, there’s a $110 price separation, and so the 3060 Ti looks more appealing price-wise, and can reach almost 3070 performance. That’s not a bad deal.

    MSI 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is $489 vs. Stock Reference MSRP 3070 is $499

    Well then that doesn’t look like a good deal, but at this point, you are comparing a premium custom card, to a no frills, stock, reference 3070 at its MSRP, and yes that would mean the 3070 is a better deal, BUT, you forgo the bells and whistles. In that comparison, it doesn’t make sense, but again, it’s two different "builds" of cards.

    I concur, but the thing is, the stock 3070 is a **** good card, even without all the bells and whistles, it runs cool, its quiet and is a nice overclocker.

    I am on the look for stock RTX 3070, I would consider a 3060Ti if I saved at least $50 with bells and whistles.

  9. I gotta say that for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to buy a next gen card during the christmas season. Only got the RivaTnT2 from my girlfriend back then (and S3X :p :p ) and a Geforce 8600 I won on a contest.

    Anyway I quickly learned it was the worst shopping time for videocards, no stock and inflated prices, got much worse in the last few years, I’d say since Maxwell. So I rather wait till spring and see what happens. Who knows, maybe Cyberpunk bugs will be ironed out :D:D

  10. I gotta say that for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to buy a next gen card during the christmas season. Only got the RivaTnT2 from my girlfriend back then (and S3X :p :p ) and a Geforce 8600 I won on a contest.

    Anyway I quickly learned it was the worst shopping time for videocards, no stock and inflated prices, got much worse in the last few years, I’d say since Maxwell. So I rather wait till spring and see what happens. Who knows, maybe Cyberpunk bugs will be ironed out :D:D

    Could not agree more regarding Cyber Punk 2077 but I will say that some of those bugs are hilarious.
    If I put a body in one car and then blow it up, that body just ends up in my arms again. This one time, it happened during a big fight near a car that I already dropped a body in. I ended up just cracking up as my character got annihilated.

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