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Xbox Series X vs. 3060 Ti

Xbox Series X uses the Scarlett GPU. The Nvidia 3060 Ti is used in desktop builds along with a CPU and other hardware. The Xbox Series X GPU is only used in the Xbox Series X, duh.

Which one is better out of the Xbox Series X GPU and the Nvidia 3060 Ti? This is a question you might be asking for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading to a PC with a 3060 Ti from an Xbox Series X.

Let’s get to the bottom of it.

TL;DR: Close match. Further, due to game optimizations, hard to see any difference. In raw power and ray tracing, the 3060 Ti wins. In specs, the XSX might win.

Xbox Series X GPU hard facts

The Scarlett is a powerful GPU. No doubts there. It’s designed and built by AMD, Nvidia’s competitor. 3328 CUDA cores and a 10 GB GDDR6 memory place it right up there with heavy-hitting desktop gaming video cards.

The TDP of both cards is the same (200 W). Both support DirectX 12. Both support the same versions of shaders, OpenGL, and Vulkan (with the RTX 3060 Ti using a higher version of OpenCL).

Head-to-head comparison

  • The RTX 3060 Ti has more CUDA cores (+1536).
  • The Xbox Series X GPU has a higher core clock speed (+415 MHz) and boost clock speed (+60 MHz).
  • The Xbox Series X GPU has a higher texture fill rate (+126.5).
  • The Xbox Series X GPU has a larger VRAM (+2GB), a higher memory bus speed (+64 Bit), and a higher memory bandwidth (+112 GB/s).

As per this technical comparison, you’d think the Xbox Series X GPU is better.

You’d be wrong.

The GPU isn’t the only piece of the puzzle when you’re gaming on a desktop. The Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, coupled with a fairly large system RAM and a modern processor will outperform (in terms of FPS) the Xbox Series X.

Is Xbox Series X better than RTX 3060 Ti?

Well, as I said, nope.

In terms of raw computation, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and DLSS, the RTX 3060 Ti wins hands down. It simply has more raw power. Though the Xbox Series X GPU has more teraflops.

So, is the RTX 3060 Ti better than the Xbox Series X GPU?

The Xbox Series X is 5-10% weaker than the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti. In ray tracing, however, it’s nearly ~40% weaker. That’s a bummer.

Add to that the fact that the 3060 Ti has DLSS in certain games, which gives it a further 20-30% performance increase without any visible loss in image quality.

So, what GPU is equivalent to the Xbox Series X GPU? A more comparable model to the Xbox Series X GPU would be the RTX 3060.

The RTX 3060 Ti is more of a 1440p video card. Although both can run pretty much anything at 4k@60FPS, sometimes with a few compromises.

So, is the RTX 3060 Ti better than the Xbox Series X? Well, even that’s a half-truth.

The difference between the two isn’t going to be very visible

Game developers are not nincompoops. They optimize their games for the hardware. Unless a game developer like Ubisoft releases raw specs for a game they released for both platforms and tells us what optimizations did these titles underwent, we cannot know which one is better.

XSX games are optimized for the Xbox Series X GPU. They will run really well on it. The same title, when ported for Windows, is optimized separately to run on a desktop GPU like the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti in this case. And therefore, the difference will be marginal in the overall quality.

Which one is better? It largely depends on the game, how well is it optimized for specific hardware and the development team behind it.

By Earl "sloth" Richards

Earl is a big-time FPS lover. Since his childhood, he has found peace amid the sounds of bullets and explosions. Currently a Legendary Eagle Master in CS:GO, he fails to believe anything can be superior to his beloved title (except, of course, being a Supreme Master First Glass or a Global Elite). He’s recently got his shooting skills more versatile by becoming quite the professional in Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch as well.

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