GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB Is Even Slower Than 8GB In Official MSI Testing

MSI recently released benchmark results for the new RTX 4060 Ti 16GB GPU. Surprisingly, neither NVIDIA nor any of its board partners supplied test units to the media before the card’s launch yesterday. NVIDIA went to great lengths to avoid leaks and even held back the public driver until the official release date, causing early purchasers (reviewers) to be unable to offer day-one coverage due to the lack of drivers.

At the card’s launch, even MSI, the manufacturer, was unaware of its performance. The very first ‘official’ benchmark was revealed during the MSI Insider weekly podcast, where employees discuss the company’s latest hardware releases. The testing indicated that the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB did not show a significant performance boost over the 8GB model. This result was not surprising since both cards have nearly the same TDP (165W vs. 160W), and higher memory capacity demands more power. Moreover, the benchmarking process lacked thoroughness, with limited runs and the use of identical scenes, leading to a potentially high margin of error.

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Despite having image quality set to ultra/epic settings, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB GAMING X SLIM showed inferior performance in four out of the six tested games. This might be disappointing for gamers who were expecting better results, especially in games like CS:GO, and hoping for comparable framerates in memory-intensive titles like Hogwarts Legacy.

Now, board partners have the task of convincing gamers to opt for the $100 more expensive 16GB variant of the RTX 4060 Ti. However, considering the testing results, the advantages appear to be marginal and not consistently positive.