Power and Temperature

We will now take a look at the peak power and temperatures these video cards output. All power measurements are taken at the wall with a Kill-A-Watt reader. Temperatures are recorded using GPU-z logging while driving laps around Night City within Cyberpunk 2077.

EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING  Power and Temperature Chart
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING Power and Temperature Chart

This chart is a better representation of potential OC wattage than our previous chart as voltages could be fully manipulated in software this time around. At some point in the near future, I do intend to update the OC section of the last review. Switching gears back to our current chart shows some good results for Ampere in general. All cards at stock operate at lower temperatures and wattages than the Turing based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition. We are talking 13% less wattage coming from our EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING system when compared to the Turing competition. All of this occurs while creating less heat and generating more frames in every scenario we could throw its way. Its also the least power hungry and thusly heat generating card in our lineup. At stock we see a maximum system wattage of 328W with our temperatures maxing out at a cool 68c. Applying our overclock takes the EVGA card up to the second spot in our chart at 369W total system power used, while generating a maximum temperature of 72c. What we see here is that EVGA has given us a cooling system that’s more than capable of handling both stock and overclocked operation.

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5 Comments

  1. In regards to the bench charts, I am assuming my 1080ti performs worse than the 2080 S that is listed, correct?

  2. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 28742, member: 297″]
    In regards to the bench charts, I am assuming my 1080ti performs worse than the 2080 S that is listed, correct?
    [/QUOTE]
    Well I have never personally owned a 1080 Ti and had none to test against here, but the general consensus is yes. The 2080 S should outperform the 1080 Ti so long as you do not run into a VRAM wall I would assume.

  3. I just upgraded to the 2080 Super (coming from the 1080 non-ti) and its a noticeable improvement so far. Mind you the 2080 S was all I could get my hands on as, well, what I want (a 3080) isn’t gonna happen anytime soon as both availability AND the tariff surcharges push me out of what I can spend right now.

    Anyways… Great review Eduardo! This makes me feel that “maybe” I could get by with a 3070 @ MSRP if I had to compromise any further..

  4. [QUOTE=”Space_Ranger, post: 28752, member: 52″]
    I just upgraded to the 2080 Super (coming from the 1080 non-ti) and its a noticeable improvement so far. Mind you the 2080 S was all I could get my hands on as, well, what I want (a 3080) isn’t gonna happen anytime soon as both availability AND the tariff surcharges push me out of what I can spend right now.

    Anyways… Great review Eduardo! This makes me feel that “maybe” I could get by with a 3070 @ MSRP if I had to compromise any further..
    [/QUOTE]
    Hey thanks Space_Ranger appreciate that.

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