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Watch Dogs Legions

Watch Dogs Legions launched October 29th, 2020, and it came with some impressive visuals through its extensive use of Ray Tracing technologies. This game is currently one of our more intense benchmarks due to that focus on ray tracing.

In this game, we aim to see what our maximum performance is without any Ray Tracing or DLSS enhancements first. We will show Ray Tracing and DLSS on a separate page. While our GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FE performed well enough, it simply can’t catch a win in this game compared to the other video cards. At Stock we see the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO doing well, putting up 62 FPS average in this title. However, with a slight bump in frequencies, we were able to manage a solid 65 FPS average in this title boosting performance 5%. At this point, we are only 1% behind the RTX 3070 FE while 11% faster than a 2080 SUPER FE.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Continuing on with our traditional game-play testing, we find ourselves loading up Wolfenstein Youngblood without DLSS or Ray Tracing enabled first. This title had one surprise but beyond that, it was pretty much the hierarchy you expect.

At Stock, we see our MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO beating the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FE by a good margin. When we overclock the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO we gain 8% more performance and it is much faster but can’t quite catch up with the 3070 FE in its stock form. That means that our Overclocked MSI 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO is still 5% behind the stock 3070 FE.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action-adventure game ported for release on PC on August 7th, 2020. The game makes use of the DX12 API as its only option. Graphics options in this game are fairly simple, with a total of nine options for the user to adjust. We will be utilizing the game’s built-in benchmark and graphics presets, which range from Favor Performance, Original (PS4 Fidelity), Favor Quality, and Ultimate Quality.

In this title, all of our video cards are providing more than playable frame rates, with the weakest result averaging 86 FPS. Our overclocked MSI RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO video card manages to render frames 3% faster when compared to its stock operation. This is still behind the stock 3070 FE at 4%, but faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER FE.

F1-2020

F1-2020 is a Codemasters title and the latest release in the series of racing games. For this game, we stuck to the Italy map for our run-through, using the internal benchmark for our data.

In F1-2020 we again seeing our cards performing very well. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition maintains its lead. While our MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO managed to outperform our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition in both scenarios as well. Overclocking the MSI RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO improved performance by 14%. This wasn’t near enough to reach GeForce RTX 3070 FE performance levels though.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that needs no introduction to our community, being the high-profile title that it is. Launched for PC on December 5th, 2019, this game is known to be demanding for almost any GPU. A mixture of settings were used for this title, with all Ultra options enabled.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has shamed mid-range hardware for some time now when using ultra settings but it appears those days are numbered. With our MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO at stock, we are managing 58 FPS Average. This is a healthy result that manages to beat out the previous generation RTX 2080 SUPER FE. When overclocking the MSI video card we gain 7% in performance. This still trails the GeForce RTX 3070 FE at default.

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  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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