New MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 Launched vs MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC) - PC SEEKERS

New MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 Launched vs MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)

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MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OCV1

MSI have launched a new version of the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC) graphics card and have confusingly enough named it MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 - V1 as in version 1? But would not that be the original version that launched initially? Hard to make sense of the naming schemes that these brands follow. Well lets not get into a rant here and get into the actual differences between the original / vanilla / older variant and the new V1 variant. Before we get started a huge thanks to redditor u/byama for providing the hands on / comparison images.
 

MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 vs MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC):

There are multiple major and minor differences between the older and the newer variants. Here will be listing the differences between them. Please note that whenever I mention new card / new V1 variant I am referring to the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 and when I mention older card / original / vanilla variant I am referring to the one that was announced before the launch day - the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC).
 

Size Difference:

The major difference between the 2 versions of the card is the size difference. While the vanilla RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OC has the following dimensions: 232(L)X134(W)X52(H)mm the newer RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X V1, both OC and non-OC cards, are a bit smaller with the following dimensions: 235(L)X124(W)X42(H)mm, though one can argue that even if the new V1 card is 10mm shorter in both the directions of width and height it is 3mm longer in the length section.

    PCIe Slot Occupancy:

One can easily notice from the size difference that the new V1 cards are 2.1 slot cards against the 2.6 slots that the older variants used to occupy. If you look closely, you can see the 2nd PCIe Slot that is right below the V1 card confirming that it is actually a 2-slot card instead of 2.1 slots as claimed by MSI in the specifications of the card. This can be further confirmed in the image below.

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Ruler measurements show that the card measures just below 40mm occupying 2 PCIe Slots (Source)

This confirms that the V1 card is a 2-slot card instead of a 2.6 slot card that is the original variant.

    PCB:

If you look closely the above image also confirms that the RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OCV1 has a smaller PCB compared to the vanilla Ventus 2X OC graphics card. This can also be confirmed in the back plate section. The PCB on the vanilla Ventus 2X I believe was the same PCB as the RTX 3070, don't quote me on that though.
 

    Smaller Heat Sink - Worse Cooling Performance:

The above images as well as the dimensions also confirm the fact that the heat sinks used on the new V1 cards is smaller than the one on the older / vanilla non-V1 cards. In most cases smaller heat-sinks result in worse cooling performance hence the RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X V1 cards are a downgraded version of the Vanilla RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X cards.

Weight:

The smaller heat sink on the V1 cards translate into less overall weight of the card thus weighing in 685 Grams or 1.51 Pounds compared to the Vanilla card's 827 Grams or 1.82 Pounds.

PCIe Power Connectors:

MSI with the new RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1 graphics card have gone with 1x 8-pin PCIe Power connector instead on the 2x 8-pin PCIe power connectors that were available on the RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC) graphics card.
 
 

Back Plate:

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As we saw earlier, the shorter PCB on the V1 variant allowed MSI to provide cut outs in the back plate for efficient cooling of the card by allowing the cool air to flow through the heat sink and the hot air to exit through the back plate of the card. The older non-V1 variant had a full length back plate without any cut outs.

Can One Differentiate Between The Two By Looking At The Box?

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The answer is Yes and No. If you just look at the box front-on placed inside a show case / display front-on you won't be able to tell the difference between the vanilla and the V1 variants except for the subtle changes like the MSI branding present on the top-right corner of the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OCV1 box. A big V1 on the front of the box of the V1 variant would have been much appreciated.

But if you can look at the boxes of both the variants side by side you can easily notice the difference with the new V1 variant box being smaller and thinner than the older vanilla variant. Also the white stickers on the side of the box confirm the exact variant of the card.

Similarities:

Apart from the differences that we mentioned above, there are still a lot of similarities between the V1 and vanilla variants of the Ventus 2X cards like the base and boost clocks of the core, memory frequency, display outs, design aesthetics all remain the same.
 

Conclusion - Which One Should You Buy & Why?

Personally I would be leaning towards the older / vanilla MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC) given its bigger heat sink but that said I can also give you a few reasons why you should buy the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X (OC)V1:
  1. If your case does not support cards thicker than 42mm or ones that occupy more than 2 PCIe slots.
  2. If you use all your PCIe slots and want a graphics card that does not cover the 2nd PCIe slot.
  3. Last but not the least if your retailer / any online or offline retailer in your area has only the V1 variants in stock. They are hard to come by.
 
 
So which variant will you choose for yourself - Vanilla or the V1? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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