Calculating the TDP/TGP of a GPU is important, that way you will understand how much power it consumes and how much wattage you will need to power your computer.
The RTX 4060 Ti is no exception. Even as a mid-tier GPU it is still very important to understand the power draw of this GPU in order to prevent your computer from being damaged, and doing so can also save you some money.
So, without further ado let’s get right into it.
How Many Watts Does The RTX 4060 Ti Use?
The Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti has a power draw or TGP of 165 watts according to Nvdias website. When idle you can also expect to see the RTX 4060 Ti to consume around 7 watts of power. While gaming the 4060 Ti will consume around 150 watts.
When looking at the power draw of any GPU, the manufacturer provides a TGP or TDP of the base power and wattage that the GPU will use.
- TGP means (Total Graphics Power)
- TDP means (Thermal Design Power)
These can be used interchangeably as they mean the same thing when talking about graphics cards!
However, you should know that every GPU is different, and each one will have there own individual wattage, that’s why it’s good to look not only at the TGP of that specific model but also at the average power draw of the GPUs in certain tasks.
We will look at:
- Idle Power Consumption
- Multi-monitor power consumption
- Media Playback
- Gaming wattage
- Peak Maximum Wattage
With the RTX 4060 ti, you will get an average idle power consumption of about 7 watts. However, when you add another monitor the idle power consumption will go up because there is an extra display it needs to consider.
Paired with a second monitor the RTX 4060 Ti will draw around 12 watts of power.
When you use your computer for media playback such as watching Youtube videos, Netflix, etc, you can expect the RTX 4060 Ti to produce around 12-15 watts of power.
The gaming wattage of your GPU is where you should expect the most power to be used because this is where you will be taking your graphics card to its limits.
You can expect an average power draw of around 152 watts when gaming.
As we talked about above the power consumption of your GPU can sometimes spike and surpass its base level TGP.
When this happens you can expect the RTX 4060 Ti to spike up to 170 watts
For this reason, if you are really into overclocking, or want to learn how to do some minor overclocking you should make sure you have an upgraded power supply unit that’s passed the recommended wattage. (Which we will explain later.)
When looking at a GPU’s power consumption, you want to look at the TGP (Total Graphics Power) because this shows the maximum power draw you will usually get when using your GPU for intensive tasks such as gaming.
What Power Supply Do I Need to Use For The RTX 4060 Ti?
Nvidia recommends a 550-watt power supply for the RTX 4060 Ti. You want to always make sure you purchase a power supply that will have a slightly higher wattage than your whole PC needs not just your GPU alone.
For this reason, even though Nvidia recommends a 550-watt PSU, I would advise you to get a 600-watt one instead.
With this mid-range computer builds, the wattage of all your other computer parts is unclear because there are so many different routes you can go when building a mid-range computer.
For this reason, I would recommend buying the EVGA 600 BR, 80+ Bronze 600W.
The reason why I recommended this PSU from EVGA is because EVGA is a very reliable company when it comes to power supply units.
And having a reliable PSU is very important. Yes, you can cheap out and purchase from a third-party company, but you need to be careful when doing so because if your PSU gets damaged other parts of your computer can get damaged as well.
I am also recommending this one because it is 80 Plus Bronze rated. Although Gold is the best rating, you are probably on a tight budget if you are using a 4060 Ti as your graphics card, so saving a little bit of money by going with a reliable Bronze-rated PSU is probably the best option.
When looking for a reliable power supply, buying a name brand you trust actually matters, as well as looking for something that is at least 80 plus certified.
When you get into higher budget, higher performance builds you should be looking for PSUs that are Gold certified as this is just an extra layer of protecting and will use less electricity when going full power.
If you have an existing computer and are upgrading your GPU you might also want to consider upgrading your CPU as well because, with a powerful GPU like this one, you don’t want your CPU to bottleneck it and slow it down.
Please, I cannot stress this enough. Make sure the power supply you buy meets the power requirements of your whole computer.
Trust me I know this first hand.
With my first computer, I had a power supply that only met the minimum wattage that was required to run my computer.
After a few months of using my computer, I started to dive into the world of overclocking.
I started by overclocking my GPU then my CPU, etc. Once I started to push the limits of my PC I forgot to factor in one thing.
The more I overclocked the more power my computer would use, and in the end, it exceeded my power supplies max wattage damaging my power supply.
I had to spend an extra $100 on a new power supply that I could’ve avoided in the first place.
So my two cents to you would be to purchase a power supply that is a little higher than recommended even if you don’t want to do any overclocking because you never know if you want to change your mind in the future.
Not to mention you also need to factor in the power consumption of the other components in your PC.
A power-hungry GPU mixed with a power-hungry CPU can use a lot more wattage than what you planned for so be careful.
When purchasing a power supply for your computer you want to keep in mind that every piece of hardware in your system has a power consumption.
If you also want to save on your electricity bill, then you should purchase a power supply that is at least 80 plus Bronze certified, with the best rating being 80 plus Gold certified.
You should read: “How Do Power Supply Ratings Work?”
RTX 4060 Ti Power Consumption Compared to Other GPUs
The GPUs power consumption is compared using TGP. It is essential to know and compare your graphics cards to other similar models because it will help you get a grasp on the amount of power your system is going to use.
Here is a comparison of a few graphics cards that are around the performance range of the RTX 4060 Ti.
|RX 7600||165 Watts|
|RTX 4070||200 Watts|
|RTX 4060 Ti||165 Watts|
|RTX 4060||115 Watts|
When comparing GPUs power consumption it is very important to only compare the GPU to others that produce similar performance. That way you will be able to tell whether the GPU is power efficient or not.
As we can see from this chart. When comparing the RTX 4060 Ti to its AMD counter part the RX 7600, they are not only very close in performance, but identical in the amount of power they draw.
When we go up a performane level and look at the RTX 4070 you can see that there is a jump to 200 watts, which isn’t that big of a jump.
When we look at the normal RTX 4060 we can see that it is about 50 watts less than the 4060 Ti.
If you want to compare more graphics cards on their power consumption and TGP I have provided a database where you can look at dozens of different GPUs and their power consumption, that way you don’t have to do the research yourself.
Check out the Database.
I have also provided the average power consumption when gaming, as well as the average power consumption when idle, that way you can get a better understanding.