Specs for Nvidia’s inevitable RTX 4060 Ti GPU have been posted by one of many extra dependable “leakers” on the web. And I do not assume they make for fairly studying.

The essential determine in line with Kopite7kimi—for it’s he!—is 4,352 shaders, in any other case identified in Nvidia parlance as CUDA cores. By that metric, the brand new RTX 4060 Ti may have fewer CUDA cores than the previous RTX 3060 Ti, which rocked 4,864 of the pixel prettifying issues.

In fact, shader counts will not be the be all and finish all. Clock speeds rely for lots, as does the Ada technology’s elevated L2 cache. This chip is more likely to be a shade off 3GHz and on the rumoured 32MB L2 stage it might be sporting a 300% improve over the RTX 3060 Ti. All that and shader {hardware} is likewise in a roundabout way comparable from one GPU technology to the following, both.

However on the identical time, the RTX 4090 has 16,384 shaders to the RTX 3090’s 10,496. And even the a lot maligned RTX 4080 upped its shader rely to 9,728 over the RTX 3080’s 8,704 rely.

In different phrases, in the event you thought the RTX 4080 was disappointing, effectively, you ain’t seen nothing but. It is value remembering that the brand new RTX 4060 Ti will possible nonetheless be quicker than the RTX 3060 Ti, largely because of the speedy frequencies Nvidia is hitting with the 4nm Ada Lovelace technology of GPUs within the RTX 40-series.

So, we might guess one thing within the area of 20% efficiency increase, gen-on-gen. However then we additionally count on a value increase—and, once more, if the RTX 4080 is something to go by, the worth will go up by greater than 20%. In that case, the RTX 4060 Ti would offer you fewer frames per $ than an RTX 3060 Ti. That will be very, very unhappy certainly.

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In fact, these are merely rumoured specs. Nothing is official. Nonetheless, given how Nvidia has to this point structured the brand new RTX 40-series, with the positive aspects and worth proposition worsening as you progress down by means of the product stack I’ve the concern.

Our one hope right here is that reviews of gradual RTX 4080 gross sales would possibly make Nvidia assume twice about pricing the brand new GPU up within the stratosphere. The RTX 3060 Ti has an MSRP of $399, albeit the crypto insanity and pandemic made that quantity considerably tutorial. Dare we hope for the MSRP to remain the identical however with real-world costs in one thing like the identical ballpark this time? That is what it might take to make the RTX 4060 Ti sing, that is for positive.