EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra review: Speed and sensors

The EVGA FTW3 Ultra is the fastest GeForce RTX 3060 Ti we've tested.

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Our test system

Our dedicated graphics card test system is a couple of years old, but it’s packed with some of the fastest complementary components available to put any potential performance bottlenecks squarely on the GPU, especially at the higher resolution these graphics cards target. Most of the hardware was provided by the manufacturers, but we purchased the cooler and storage ourselves.

  • Intel Core i7-8700K processor ($300 on Amazon) overclocked to 5GHz all cores
  • EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler ($105 on Amazon)
  • Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard
  • 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4/2933 ($355 on Amazon)
  • EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply ($352 on Amazon)
  • Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case, with front and top panels removed and an extra rear fan installed for improved airflow
  • 2x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs ($70 each on Amazon)

Graphics card prices are skyrocketing, but we’re listing the contenders by MSRP. You aren’t likely to find the cards this cheap in the real world, but it’s the only reliable value metric available right now. Expect to pay quite a bit more on the street.

We’re comparing the $450 EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti against the $460 Asus TUF RTX 3060 Ti, as well as Nvidia’s own RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. We’ve also included data for the $500 RTX 3070 Founders Edition and $700 RTX 3080 FE, as well as the Founders Edition models of the last-gen $500 RTX 2070 and $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti. On the AMD front, we included results for the $580 Radeon RX 6800, and last-gen’s $350 Radeon RX 5700 XT, which is still being sold.  

We test a variety of games spanning various engines, genres, vendor sponsorships (Nvidia, AMD, and Intel), and graphics APIs (DirectX 11, DX12, and Vulkan). Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the highest possible graphics presets unless otherwise noted, with VSync, frame rate caps, real-time ray tracing or DLSS effects, and FreeSync/G-Sync disabled, along with any other vendor-specific technologies like FidelityFX tools or Nvidia Reflex. We’ve also enabled temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) to push these cards to their limits. We run each benchmark at least three times and list the average result for each test.

Because the EVGA RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra’s performance largely aligns with that of all RTX 3060 Ti models—albeit a few frames faster thanks to its higher clock speeds—we’re going to refrain from offering commentary for each game. Check out our original GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition review for a game-by-game breakdown, as well as ray tracing and DLSS performance results.

Gaming performance benchmarks

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the first games to debut on next-gen consoles. Ubisoft upgraded its Disrupt engine to include cutting-edge features like real-time ray tracing and Nvidia’s DLSS. We disable those effects for this testing, but Legion remains a strenuous game even on high-end hardware with its optional high-resolution texture pack installed. No card can maintain a 60-frames-per-second average with Ultra graphics options enabled, and the game allocates more than 8GB of memory even at 1440p. Oof.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

Yep, PlayStation exclusives are coming to the PC now. Horizon Zero Dawn runs on Guerrilla Games’ Decima engine, the same engine that powers Death Stranding. Ambient Occlusion can offer iffy results if set to Ultra, so we test with that setting at Medium. Every other visual option is maxed out.

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Next page: gaming benchmarks continue

At a Glance
  • The EVGA FTW3 Ultra is the fastest GeForce RTX 3060 Ti we've tested. It runs a little louder and draws more power than rival models, but it's nothing to be concerned about. This is a good graphics card.

    Pros

    • Spectacular 1440p gaming
    • 8GB of memory is good for 1440p
    • Great ray tracing performance with DLSS
    • High factory overclock
    • Very cool, reasonably quiet custom design
    • Loaded with iCX temperature sensors
    • Nvidia software: Reflex, G-Sync, Shadowplay, Broadcast, RTX IO, DLSS

    Cons

    • 8GB of GDDR6 memory limits future 4K gaming potential
    • Higher power draw than other RTX 3060 Ti models
    • Louder than other RTX 3060 Ti models (but still very acceptable)
    • No dual BIOS switch
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