MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Card
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The entry-level next-gen graphics card market is heating up with the release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti lineup. One of the first companies to get into the action is MSI with its multi-card lineup of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPUs.

Starting at just $399, MSI is introducing eight new cards in the RTX 3060 Ti lineup. With the variety, the company aims to give everyone interested in the new hardware an option no matter the needs and budget of a specific consumer.

The first announced group is the MSI Gaming Trio series. More specifically, there are two new cards in the Trio lineup: Gaming Trio and Gaming X Trio. All of the specs are the exact same aside from the boost clock speeds where the Gaming X Trio has a boost speed of 1830 MHz compared to the 1755 MHz.

Both the Gaming and Gaming Trio series feature TORX Fan 4.0. For cooling purposes, the Gaming Trio features the Tri Frozr 2 system that helps with overall airflow under heavy usage. The standard Gaming lineup uses an updated version of the Twin Frozr 8 system with what MSI claims are “advanced aero- and thermodynamic technologies” for better heat dissipation.

MSI MODEL NAME GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti GAMING TRIO GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti GAMING X  GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti GAMING
GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti
INTERFACE PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4
CORES 4864 Units 4864 Units 4864 Units 4864 Units
CORE CLOCKS Boost: 1830 MHz Boost: 1755 MHz TBD TBD
MEMORY SPEED 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
MEMORY 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
MEMORY BUS 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
OUTPUT DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1
TDP 240W 240W TBD TBD
CARD DIMENSIONS 323 x 140 x 56 mm 323 x 140 x 56 mm TBD TBD

MSI Ventus returns

Lastly,  the popular Ventus series features four new cards: GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 3X OC, Ventus 3X, Ventus 2X OC, and the Ventus 2X. Like the Gaming Trio GPUs, the Ventus series are mostly the same aside from boost clock speeds of 1695 MHz for the Ventus 3X OC and Ventus 2X OC, and 1665 MHz for the base Ventus 3X and Ventus 2X. The Ventus cards feature TORX Fan 3.0 for cooling.

MSI MODEL NAME GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X OC GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti VENTUS 2X OC GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti VENTUS 2X
GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti
INTERFACE PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4 PCI Express® Gen 4
CORES 4864 4864 4864 4864
CORE CLOCKS Boost: 1695 MHz Boost: 1665 MHz Boost: 1695 MHz Boost: 1665 MHz
MEMORY SPEED 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
MEMORY 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
MEMORY BUS 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
OUTPUT DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1 DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x1
CARD DIMENSIONS 316 x 120 x 42 mm 316 x 120 x 42 mm 232 x 124 x 52 mm 232 x 124 x 52 mm
TDP 200W 200W 200W 200W

As far as the similarities are concerned, each of the newly announced graphics cards feature 4864 Cores, a 14 Gbps memory speed, 8GB GDDR6 memory, three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and a single HDMI 2.1 output.

The MSI Gaming Trio and Ventus series are available starting December 2 while the standard MSI Gaming series will be available at a future time. Each card will utilize MSI’s Afterburner software that allows for simpler overclocking. There will also be the release of the new MSI Dragon Center which was built to integrated all of MSI’s components into one, easy to handle platform. An included “Gaming Mode” will allow users to have the ability to quickly optimize all of their hardware for the best performance possible.

*Note: All prices listed are USD*

Mike Straw
Michael Straw is a gamer who just happens to be an experienced journalist. In his near decade-long career, Mike has covered some of the biggest events in the world from E3 to the NFL Draft. He was once the second-ranked player in the world in NHL 09 on Xbox Live, and is a trained professional wrestler. He is also the Managing Editor of Sports Gamers Online.

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