The developers of the Yuzu emulator expressed their dissatisfaction with NVIDIA’s significant downgrade of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GPU in a recent progress report.
The launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti last month received a mixed response from reviewers. While some found it to be a worthwhile option considering its price and advanced features like DLSS 3, improved ray-tracing performance, enhanced support for streamers and content creators, and a robust AI engine in an efficient design, others regarded it as less favorable compared to older alternatives, citing its value as a drawback.
Yuzu developers are making a similar argument, stating that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is a significant downgrade for emulation compared to the older GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. They highlight the subpar memory configuration chosen by NVIDIA, which results in a less-than-optimal experience when running emulated games.
According to the developers, using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti for Switch emulation results in slower performance compared to the RTX 3060 Ti. This is attributed to the narrower 128-bit bus of the RTX 4060 Ti. As a result, users are left with the choice of sticking with older Ampere cards or upgrading to high-end GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs, which aligns with NVIDIA’s original intention with the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080. Among the NVIDIA RTX 40 lineup, the RTX 4090 is regarded as the best option, while the other cards have not been as successful, mainly due to price increases.
Similar to AMD’s Infinity Cache, NVIDIA has incorporated larger L2 cache in its Ada GPUs. It has been demonstrated that a higher cache size greatly improves performance. However, when running a resolution scaler, it becomes easy to deplete the cache pool quickly. Utilizing a 2x upscale, for example, can rapidly consume significant amounts of cache, ultimately revealing the downgrade in the 128-bit wide bus interface compared to the previous Ti offering.
This news comes as a significant disappointment to gamers who had high hopes for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and were eager to enjoy emulated titles. While NVIDIA likely had its reasons for choosing the 4060 Ti and its current memory configuration, which may be suitable for 1080p gaming, the inclusion of a 128-bit wide bus in a 300 USD card is undeniably lacking in performance.