The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB has always been somewhat of an odd proposition. Apart from the doubled VRAM capacity, it has the exact same specifications as the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB from June, which didn't exactly cause a stir. There are now rumors circulating that Nvidia's partners in adding boards do not share the optimism regarding the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB.
According to Hardware Luxx editor Andreas Schilling, "very few [board partners] are interested in promoting the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB". Schilling, who claims to have spoken with some Nvidia AIB companies, says, "The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti with 16GB of graphics memory should have only one goal: to silence critics who believe that 8GB is not enough."
Indeed, Nvidia's plan to release the RTX 4060 family with only 8GB of VRAM did not become a popular choice. After all, in terms of this parameter, it represents a decrease compared to its predecessor - the RTX 3060, which typically comes with 12GB of VRAM, although there is also an 8GB version.
In response, Nvidia decided to release an RTX 4060 Ti version with a slight improvement and 16GB of VRAM. However, as Schilling points out, this seems more like an attempt to appease critics rather than a concerted effort to achieve significant sales of the product itself. The lack of enthusiasm from graphics card manufacturers (AIBs) is likely to lead to additional problems with the popularity of the 16GB version, given that the "pixel pusher" will not be supplied with the Nvidia-created Founders Edition.
The RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, set to release on July 18th, follows another release of Nvidia's GPU, the base model RTX 4060. Despite its MSRP being $200 lower than that of the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, it has its own set of issues. In our review of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, it was noted that the card had "almost as many drawbacks as it did merits", and was given a rating of 6/10.