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yurgon
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Hi All, 

With the prices starting to settle on GPU's, I'm impatiently researching available GPU options. Currently I have a GTX 1070 as my daily driver and an RX5500XT spare.

At present, I'm tossing up between the 6700xt and 3060ti (I've always preferred team red, away back from the 8500 LE days)

The main concern is performance, but this is closely followed by ease of setup. I've noticed the AMD cards seem to be more finicky with resource allocation than their nVidia counterparts. Here in AU, the 6700XT is priced equivalent to the 3060, with the 3060ti priced 10-15% higher. 

My PC is an Asus Tuf Dash F15 (4c/8t 11370H, 16GB, RTX3060 mobile) and I mostly play, Borderlands 3, Witcher, Dragon Age, DOTA and when released, Baldur's Gate III. I usually tweak graphics settings to provide fps in the range of 120-144.

I've been contemplating a monitor upgrade from FHD to QHD as I feel either of these cards should handle the resolution with decent frames for gaming, and either will perform well enough in my work applications (QGIS, ArcGIS, CAD).

 

Has anyone had experience comparing these cards in an eGPU environment? I've read through multiple reviews of both and I'm having trouble deciding. 

 

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@yurgon, I would get neither and wait for the market to settle down. They won't provide a significant improvement over your dGPU to justify the cost. Unless you're using a Mac, there's little benefits over Nvidia offerings. 

 

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yurgon
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@itsage, I don't plan on getting one right away, just trying to work out what options are suitable so if the opportunity presents itself I can jump on it...although I can be quite impatient haha.  

I dont use the dGPU much unless I'm away from home, so this would be mainly to boost performance while at home and keep the laptop cooler. In saying that, the 1070 easily runs anything at 1080p on my monitor. I'd like to go to 2K to make working from home a more productive, but not sure the how the 1070 would go with that. I need to find somewhere, or someone with a 27" 2k monitor first - to see how text looks at 100% scaling with the distance I sit from my monitor, I think PPI over ~100 may be too tiny for my eyes

Ideally, I'd want the MSI Aero ITX 3060 ti. It should fit in the Aorus gaming box, making for a great little portable eGPU...but alas they're a unicorn GPU

 

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@yurgon, I hear you on using eGPU exclusively while at home. It makes for a great docking solution and keeps the laptop running nice and quiet. If that is the case, definitely go with Nvidia. I just came back from a local Best Buy and managed to get a RTX 3070 Ti FE at MSRP. I was hoping for RTX 3080 Ti but going empty handed would be silly.

This was the line wrapped around the Best Buy building. The people in front of line started camping yesterday morning. There were over 200 people in line for supposedly 193 graphics cards. However, 50x RTX 3090 cards went missing so many people ended up camping for nothing. I arrived at 4am and was 141 in line so I barely made the cut.

 

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yurgon
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@itsage, that's crazy. I've read the news and seen the results of the GPU shortage and price increases in the market, but haven't experienced it. Mind you, being in a country town in Aus doesn't provide many options for sales and promotions - especially with PC components. 

I'm tempted to get the 6600xt, but only if I can sell the 1070 for a decent price to offset, or negate the cost to me. Due to it's recent release, it's priced close to half that of a 3060ti/6700xt and two thirds the value of a 3060 here, and seems like it provides a nice bump over the 1070 in the games I play. 

I've using my old R9 290 Tri-X in the Saturn Pro at the moment. Partly because I wanted to advertise my 1070 Gaming Box and see if I got any interest, but mostly because curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to compare it to the 1070 adn see how it runs in the eGPU. 

I don't know what AMD have done with their drivers recently, but this thing runs a thousand times better than last time I tried it. 

 

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@yurgon, RX 6600 XT were plentiful during launch day here in the US. I still think Nvidia is the better choice for your use, but market pricing and availability is the ultimate decider. 

 

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yurgon
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@itsage, agreed. If I can sell my 1070 for close to the price of 6600xt, that's what I'll get. Otherwise, will ride it out and get the 3060ti as prices fall, or wait for the RTX 40-series if they don't. 

 

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RX 6600XTs are in stock at MSRP in the UK, but that MSRP isnt the cheapest.

I'm holding out for an RX 3060ti at a proper price.

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@eightarmedpet, There are some ITX versions for RTX 3060 Ti that may fit AKiTiO Node Thunder3/Lite. 

 

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