Title: Pretty good. Has room for improvement on cooling in particular, but not a bad option.
Content: I got this because I feel like the 3060 Ti strikes a pretty good balance between a lot of things -- including the oft-forgotten questions of power usage and heat production. Performance-wise people point to the 3070 and say go ahead and spend the extra, but I do want to point out that the 3060 Ti generally outperforms the previous generation's 2080 Super in most things (and barely does any worse at all in the things it doesn't beat it at.) Zotac's offering is a good price and seems to be a reliable choice which was my biggest consideration right now (I want this thing to last a long time.) The only complaints I do have are about the cooling. The heatsink's design is actually really good and I don't have any complaints about the heatsink itself. It's worth noting that many videocards have the fins oriented vertically instead of horizontally, so so air can flow through them out the back of the case (thus meaning those cards can only recycle air and rely on the case to have good airflow.) This one is properly oriented horizontally, so *some* air can go out. I emphasize some because of two things. First, it's open on both sides, so of course some air still goes back to the case out the inside part and gets recycled -- but of course GPU fans rarely have high static pressure anyway, so blocking that side doesn't actually improve cooling (mind you, my case has pretty decent airflow, so it may do better to cover the inside end in worse cases than mine.) I do also think the fans should be tilted just ever so slightly to actually make the air go a direction other than straight down into the heatsink, but I don't know if any videocard manufacturer has ever thought of this yet. I also noticed the thermal paste apparently wasn't ideal or at least wasn't ideally placed (maybe too much I think.) I took it apart under the assumption they used the usual really cheap stuff many GPUs have, but it looked like it maybe wasn't actually terrible. I can't be sure what it is from just its appearance alone, but it did seem to be a bit lower viscosity than ideal, so maybe not the highest grade. When I changed the thermal paste its temperatures dropped by approximately 3C from the top and close to that at idle (and thermal paste is less about maximum temperature and more just about minimizing heat dissipation latency, so when you see a notable drop in temperature that means a lot more than it may seem.) It may just have been too much on there as there was definitely quite a lot and it was hard to clean, so that is a distinct possibility and could potentially even save them money if it's just a matter of reducing it ever so slightly. There was one definitely bad choice on this card I'm unhappy about though -- and this is the biggest reason I knocked one star off from the max (the other stuff is pretty typical of GPUs in general probably.) For some reason they stuck little aluminum tags with their name and logo on the fans themselves with a heavy foam tape. This just seems like a really dumb choice no matter how I look at it. For one, it adds extra mass to the fans, which reduces their efficiency and lifetime. For another, apparently the process varies because on mine one of the tags was off center and looked kind of bad (plus was probably even worse for the lifetime of the fan as it would make it run fairly unevently, affecting its long-term life.) Again, my goal is for this thing to last, and if the fans die out on me not that far down the road that's definitely not lasting. Since they used a thick foam tape though, it's hard to get them completely off (I had to pry very very carefully and slowly to not risk damaging the fans in the process.) Actually, this may have had some effect on the temperature in itself since the fans now probably run that tiny bit more efficiently (but doesn't account for a full 3C.) Now, that said, I've seen reviews saying this card is loud. I don't know if they've revised this model or what, but I did not feel like the fans were loud at all. I get more noise from the other fans in my case definitely (mind you, it's not a silent case by any means, but I never feel like the noise is bad now.) Certainly a lot better than the awful stock cooler that came with my CPU (that thing started to reach hurricane levels under load I swear.) Also, the GPU seems to actually stay a very good temperature. The reviews saying the fans were loud said it would run > 70C, but, in fact, I'm seeing a maximum of around 61C or so now (slightly higher before) with normal gaming keeping it at about 57C or so roughly the majority of the time (versus 60C before I redid the thermal compound.) It only got up to around 61C or so when I saw GPU usage go way up to about 85% (normally it's 50-60 in most games but some hit the mid 70s or so. That 85% was only for a short duration.) I have a very high confidence now that this card will last me a very long time short of something unexpected and extreme happening. Overall I'd call it a good design other than those few points I mentioned earlier.