It is true that the launch of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti has been accompanied by some controversy, and the truth is that it is understandable because in the end the generational leap that it represents compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is small in terms of raw performance. I already mentioned it to you in our analysis of said graphics card, however this is the only really negative point that I could find .
Fortunately, today the value of a graphics card is not defined solely by its raw performance , there are other things to take into account that, of course, can make a significant difference, such as consumption, working temperatures, supported technologies, compatibility and optimization in professional applications, if we are going to use it for work and play, and also the performance in ray tracing and the use of AI to improve performance and create added value.
In the case of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, we have a graphics card with a raw performance that could be improved , since in the best of cases it positions itself a little above the GeForce RTX 3070 at 1080p, but this is compensated by one of the lower consumptions. range (between 115 and 161 watts, depending on the game and the configuration, with an average of 146 watts), very low temperatures, excellent support in professional applications , good performance in ray tracing and support for DLSS 2 and DLSS 3.
Precisely this low consumption means that the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti does not need a particularly powerful power supply , and makes it an ideal graphics card for upgrading computers with modest power supplies, or for mounting computers in which we want to maintain low consumption without having to give up a good level of performance.
You need a 500-watt power supply to power the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti
This would be the minimum recommended level to be able to move an average PC equipped with the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti without problems, and not a 550-watt one as NVIDIA says , although obviously this will depend on the rest of the equipment’s components. For example, if we accompany it with a processor that can have a maximum consumption of 300 watts, that 500-watt source may fall short, but it is clear that the example that I have just given you is not normal, quite the opposite. .
Let’s go with a more realistic example. A PC configured with a Ryzen 5 7600, 16GB dual-channel DDR5, PCIe NVMe SSD, 240mm liquid cooling kit, and GeForce RTX 4060 Ti would have an average load consumption of 310 watts . This means that with a 500-watt power supply we would have plenty, and this is positive, because said source would not have to work at 100% load and the efficiency it would offer would be higher.
The power supply must have an additional 8-pin power connector , which is not a problem since the vast majority of 500-watt power supplies these days come with at least one such connector. However, be careful as you can find cases of very cheap models that do not include it. Obviously I’m talking about extreme cases, and sources that have a very low cost and doubtful quality, and therefore would not be recommended.
A model like the EVGA 100-W2-0500-K2 500W 80 Plus would be an excellent choice. It is priced at 56.58 euros .
Chassis space and recommended processor
The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti only takes up two expansion slots and is 244mm long, so it’s fairly moderate in size and therefore doesn’t require a particularly large chassis. We can mount it without problems on almost any PC. However, you must take into account that it uses the PCIe Gen4 x8 standard, and that in relatively old computers that are only compatible with PCIe Gen3 it will lose performance.
Starting with a Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) processor, Intel Core Gen11 or higher, we will already have PCIe Gen4 support, as long as we use a compatible motherboard. It is not a serious issue, as you can see, since this standard has already been on the market for a few years and therefore we will not have any problem unless we are talking about relatively old equipment.
Regarding the recommended processor to move a GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, the ideal would be to have at least a Ryzen 5 5600 or an Intel Core i5-11400F . These have 6 cores and 12 threads, and their IPC is pretty high, so you won’t experience any serious bottlenecks, even playing 1080p. Remember that, in addition, DLSS 3 will help us in this regard thanks to the generation of frames.