MSI’s first RTX 4060 Ti 16GB benchmarks reveal lower performance compared to the 8GB variant.

MSI's first RTX 4060 Ti 16GB benchmarks reveal lower performance compared to the 8GB variant.

Welp, MSI just dropped the benchmarks for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, and it’s not looking too hot. Turns out, it performed even worse than its 8GB counterpart in most games. Oopsie daisy! Nvidia’s latest creation made its grand entrance on July 18 with some underwhelming benchmarks from the company themselves. I mean, come on, guys, give us something to be excited about! The only reason this 16GB version shines is when you throw memory-heavy games like A Plague Tale: Requiem into the mix. But hey, at least it’s good at something!

Speaking of lackluster launches, Nvidia really dropped the ball with the 16GB variant. They kept it hush-hush, leaving us in the dark with no day 1 benchmarks or performance comparisons. They even left their board partners scratching their heads, wondering when this elusive GPU will make an appearance. And to top it all off, they didn’t provide any review samples and released the GeForce Game Ready drivers on the day of launch. Smooth move, Nvidia. Smooth move.

Introducing the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Gaming OC GPU With 16GB VRAM

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GAMING OC 16G

Let’s switch gears and talk about the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GAMING OC 16G, the latest addition to Gigabyte’s RTX 4060 series. This bad boy boasts a whopping 16GB VRAM, making it the superhero of memory-intensive games and productivity apps. Say goodbye to those pesky frame drops in highly demanding tasks. So, how much does it cost, you ask? You can grab it for a cool $500 at Newegg!

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But wait, there’s more! MSI wasn’t kept in the loop either when it came to the 16GB RTX 4060 Ti. However, they’ve finally spilled the beans and presented their benchmarks for the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB GAMING X SLIM. Turns out, it’s not as flashy as its 8GB sibling, but hey, at least it’s not a total disaster. On the MSI Insider weekly podcast, they revealed the average FPS for Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing (RT) at Ultra settings. The 8GB variant had an average of 91.4 FPS, while the 16GB variant hit 90.56 FPS. So, it’s not a massive gap, but still, not the greatest flex.

In F1 2023 at Ultra settings with RT on, the 8GB variant delivered 103 FPS, while the 16GB variant managed 101 FPS. Moving on to Rainbow 6: Siege at Ultra settings, the 8GB and 16GB models had a 4 FPS difference, with the 8GB taking the lead. Now, let’s talk about Fortnite (Epic settings with RT on) and Hogwarts Legacy (Ultra settings, DLSS, Frame Gen). These two games showed nearly identical performance between the 8GB and 16GB variants, with the 8GB just barely inching ahead in Fortnite. Close call!

But hold your horses! CS:GO is here to prove that the 16GB RTX 4060 Ti has some fight left in it. At ‘Auto’ settings, the 8GB variant mustered up 419 FPS, while the 16GB variant soared to 445 FPS. Woohoo! Just when we thought it couldn’t redeem itself, it pulls off a decent performance boost in everyone’s favorite shooter. However, let’s face it, this difference won’t make a drastic change in your real-world gaming experience. The performance numbers were expected to be similar to the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB since they share identical specifications. Only difference? The 16GB variant has a slightly higher TDP of 165W compared to its 8GB sibling’s 160W. A little extra power never hurt nobody.

Now, before we jump to any conclusions, let’s wait for more reviews and benchmarks of the 16GB variant. MSI brought us the ‘SLIM’ lineup of GPUs at Computex this year, including all Nvidia RTX 40-series beasts. The special thing about this lineup is that the cards are slimmer than their board partner comrades, although they still clock in at around 2+ slots. It begs the question: does this slim design have something to do with the lackluster performance of the 16GB RTX 4060 Ti? Only time will tell, my fellow gamers.

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