Nvidia is still being stingy with VRAM. Leaked specs of MSI prebuilt systems have confirmed that the upcoming RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti will only have 8GB of memory. Videocardz spotted several listings from European retailers featuring the unannounced 4060 cards. Among these is MSI’s Infinite S3, a line of mainstream gaming PCs that come with the 4060 Ti and 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors.
With some of the latest AAA titles already pushing 12GB of VRAM, gamers have criticized the RTX 40 series. The 12GB 4070 cards have been under fire and things aren’t getting better with the 8GB 4060 and 4060 Ti. Considering the RTX 3060 was released with 12GB of VRAM and the 2060 received a 12GB update, these aren’t exactly forward-looking cards. We can even travel back to 2016 when the RTX 1070 was released at $379 with 8GB of VRAM.
The expected MSRP of $399 for the 4060 Ti doesn’t seem outlandish as it’s the same as its predecessor, but in modern-day gaming the value of 8GB VRAM is considerably less. Gamers are expecting something closer to $349 or even $299. Slow sales on the RTX 4070 has already forced Nvidia to pause production on the card, and if gamers vote with their wallets again we could see a similar situation play out.
AMD has given Nvidia some lip for skimping on VRAM, and this is an opportunity for Team Green to gain market share. Their mid-range RX 7000 XT cards are set to launch in June. Provided it is priced right, the RX 7700 XT could be a 4060 Ti killer if it comes with the rumoured 12GB of VRAM. Likewise the RX 7800 XT could cause problems for the 4070 as it has 16GB of memory.
To be fair, the RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti aren’t designed for 4K gaming. They will be more than capable at 1080p and you should be able to crank it up to 1440p in most titles. But just how performant will they be at 1440p and for how long? This is something Nvidia needs to consider in their pricing. The RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti are set to launch end of May at Computex alongside AMD’s RX 7600 XT.