GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GPU Clock Speed Expectations Firm-Up

Gigabyte Aero RTX 40 series GPU
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Our expectations regarding the specifications of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti graphics cards are starting to firm up, thanks to the recent volume of leaks and spills. These could rank among the best graphics cards, depending on where they land in terms of price and performance. Today, some further data has dripped from the rumor mill, via TechPowerUp’s GPU database boss T4C Fantasy. In brief, information recently submitted to the online database indicates that the unannounced GeForce RTX 4060 Ti will feature up to 2,685 MHz boost clocks.

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Some of our most recent coverage of the GeForce RTX 4060 / Ti was published a week ago, and a similar quandary is highlighted with today’s leak: It isn’t entirely certain whether the leaked information is valid for the RTX 4060 or RTX 4060 Ti. This uncertainty is due to no one being absolutely sure about Nvidia’s plans for the AD106 GPU. Of course, no one can be sure until the official launch, but this is a particularly muddy situation.

According to the T4C Fantasy Tweet, the upcoming GeForce RTX 4060 Ti will launch with reference clocks of base 2,310 MHz and boost 2,535 MHz. These speeds, already added to the TPU database, seem entirely reasonable and in line with known RTX 40 graphic card releases — but you should still add a dash of salt, of course. Because we like salt on our rumors.

Most consumers around the world will end up buying AIB designs, and for better cooled ‘premium’ models the source Tweet hints that purchasers could be looking at GPU speeds ramping up to 2,685 MHz, fresh out of the box. This presumably observed OC boost speed data is only 6% better than the reference boost clock.

As usual, we expect Nvidia's official boost clocks, as well as the boost clocks on premium models, are going to be pretty conservative. For example, the RTX 4080 features an official boost clock of just 2,505 MHz, but across our full test suite the 4080 Founders Edition averaged 2,789 MHz. The RTX 4090 and RTX 4070 Ti tell similar stories, with real-world clocks coming in around 10% higher than the official boost clocks.

But GPU clocks are only one aspect of the story, and the VRAM might be more of a factor, as the purported 8GB 18 Gbps GDDR6 on a 128-bit bus creates a greater gulf between the RTX 4070 and 4060 tiers than any other key specification. Whether memory bandwidth severely dents RTX 4060 (Ti) performance will be dependent upon the game and application being used. The larger L2 cache of Ada does help to mitigate the reduction in memory bandwidth, but the 8GB capacity certainly raises some warning flags.

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Nvidia RTX 40-Series Specifications
Header Cell - Column 0 GPUFP32 CUDA CoresGPU Boost ClockMemory ConfigurationTBPMSRP
GeForce RTX 4090 Ti *AD10218176 (?)2625 MHz (?)24GB 384-bit 24 GT/s GDDR6X (?)600W (?)?
GeForce RTX 4090AD102163842520 MHz24GB 384-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X450W$1,599
GeForce RTX 4080AD10397282508 MHz16GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X320W$1,199
GeForce RTX 4070 TiAD10476802610 MHz12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X285W$799
GeForce RTX 4070 *AD1045888 (?)2475 MHz (?)12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X250W (?)?
GeForce RTX 4060 Ti *AD1064352 (?)2535MHz (?)8GB 128-bit 18 GT/s GDDR6160W (?)<$500?
GeForce RTX 3070GA10458881725 MHz8GB 256-bit 14 GT/s GDDR6220W$499
GeForce RTX 3060 TiGA10448641665 MHz8GB 256-bit 14 GT/s GDDR6200W$399
GeForce RTX 3060GA10635841777 MHz12GB 192-bit 15 GT/s GDDR6170W$329

* : Rumored specifications; not official (yet).

In coverage of today’s RTX 4060 Ti leak, VideoCardz asserts that Nvidia board partners are currently in the process of finalizing their PG190 board designs, the foundational PCB design for both the RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti graphics cards. It adds that these important partners are still uncertain with regard to final board specs for each design, and consumer-ready BIOSes are yet to be provided.

The next Ada Lovelace graphics card from the green sausage factory will be the GeForce RTX 4070, we hear, with its launch set for April 13th. Nvidia’s highly anticipated mass market RTX 4060 cards are tipped for launch the following month. Whether that will include both the 4060 Ti and 4060 remains to be seen, but that certainly appears to be in the cards.

Mark Tyson
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Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • ohio_buckeye
    Nice to see a clock speed bump, but considering the previous model appears to have been a 256 bit bus, wonder what performance looks like.
  • hannibal
    Better… But so is also price higher… so lets see.
  • InvalidError
    ohio_buckeye said:
    Nice to see a clock speed bump, but considering the previous model appears to have been a 256 bit bus, wonder what performance looks like.
    It is going to be similar to what happened with the 4070(Ti): performs generally much faster than its previous generation counterpart but pewters out worse in more bandwidth-intensive situations. The 4060 will beat the 12GB 3060 silly on peak frame rates but the 3060 may beat the 4060 at 0.1% and 1% lows from having more VRAM and two more channels.
  • Elusive Ruse
    I doubt any amount of L2 cache Nvidia is willing to put on the 4060 will make up for the poverty bandwidth. Their general strategy is plain for everyone to see.
    If you want a proper card be prepared to pay north of $1200 if not you can rent a PC from Nvidia and play on GeForce Now.
  • Ar558
    Even if the clock speeds make up for strangling bandwidth enough to be faster than 30 Series, the cost increase will be more than the performance gain. And alot of non-gaming GPU task performance will be caned by that meagre bandwidth.