RTX 2060 Super vs RTX 3060

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1470
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1320
  • Max video memory 12 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 15000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 452$
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating5042
Place by popularity463
Value for money40.9527.49
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameTuring TU106Ampere GA106
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date2 July 2019 (3 years ago)12 January 2021 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$399 $329
Current price$297 (0.7x MSRP)$452 (1.4x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores21763584
Core clock speed1470 MHz1320 MHz
Boost clock speed1650 MHz1777 MHz
Number of transistors10,800 million13,250 million
Manufacturing process technology12 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)175 Watt170 Watt
Texture fill rate224.4199.0

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length229 mm242 mm
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 8-pin1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GB12 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed14000 MHz15000 MHz
Memory bandwidth448.0 GB/s360.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI++
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_1)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.22.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.2
CUDA7.58.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RTX 2060 Super 56.18
RTX 3060 57.94
+3.1%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RTX 2060 Super 16536
RTX 3060 17055
+3.1%

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 2060 Super 29512
+4%
RTX 3060 28375

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 2060 Super 66471
RTX 3060 79706
+19.9%

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2060 Super 119799
RTX 3060 120745
+0.8%

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2060 Super 19797
+1.1%
RTX 3060 19572

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2060 Super 21772
+1.8%
RTX 3060 21379

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

RTX 2060 Super 84475
RTX 3060 96416
+14.1%

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RTX 2060 Super 485427
RTX 3060 537787
+10.8%

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 2060 Super 73382
RTX 3060 74845
+2%

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 2060 Super 95114
RTX 3060 98715
+3.8%

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 157
RTX 3060 175
+11.5%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 59
RTX 3060 67
+13.6%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 9
RTX 3060 9
+2.3%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 38
RTX 3060 41
+7.6%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 77
+3.5%
RTX 3060 75

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 46
RTX 3060 50
+9.9%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 10.7
+7%
RTX 3060 10

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 115
+0.8%
RTX 3060 114

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 2060 Super 193
RTX 3060 201
+4.1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD125
+0.8%
124
−0.8%
1440p79
+1.3%
78
−1.3%
4K53
+6%
50
−6%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 79
+0%
79
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 101
+74.1%
55−60
−74.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 81
−25.9%
102
+25.9%
Battlefield 5 117
+102%
55−60
−102%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 141
+143%
55−60
−143%
Cyberpunk 2077 78
+0%
78
+0%
Far Cry 5 114
−22.8%
140
+22.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 105
−14.3%
120
+14.3%
Forza Horizon 4 152
+162%
55−60
−162%
Hitman 3 135
+133%
55−60
−133%
Horizon Zero Dawn 102
−39.2%
142
+39.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 106
+82.8%
55−60
−82.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 114
−16.7%
133
+16.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 104
−3.8%
108
+3.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85
+46.6%
55−60
−46.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 68
−25%
85
+25%
Battlefield 5 101
+74.1%
55−60
−74.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 117
+102%
55−60
−102%
Cyberpunk 2077 72
−4.2%
75
+4.2%
Far Cry 5 110
−19.1%
131
+19.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 101
−13.9%
115
+13.9%
Forza Horizon 4 147
+153%
55−60
−153%
Hitman 3 125
+116%
55−60
−116%
Horizon Zero Dawn 77
−41.6%
109
+41.6%
Metro Exodus 75
−8%
81
+8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 59
+1.7%
55−60
−1.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 105
−15.2%
121
+15.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 155
−10.3%
171
+10.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 90
−5.6%
95
+5.6%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 61
+5.2%
55−60
−5.2%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 61
−23%
75
+23%
Battlefield 5 93
+60.3%
55−60
−60.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 61
−4.9%
64
+4.9%
Far Cry 5 104
−17.3%
122
+17.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 91
−12.1%
102
+12.1%
Forza Horizon 4 120
+107%
55−60
−107%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 83
+13.7%
73
−13.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 59
+0%
59
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 80
+37.9%
55−60
−37.9%
Hitman 3 85
+46.6%
55−60
−46.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 54
−42.6%
77
+42.6%
Metro Exodus 46
−8.7%
50
+8.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 38
−52.6%
55−60
+52.6%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 70
−14.3%
80
+14.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 52
−11.5%
55−60
+11.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 47
−27.7%
60
+27.7%
Battlefield 5 74
+27.6%
55−60
−27.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 39
+0%
39
+0%
Far Cry 5 84
−11.9%
94
+11.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 81
−9.9%
89
+9.9%
Forza Horizon 4 98
+69%
55−60
−69%
Watch Dogs: Legion 44
−2.3%
45
+2.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 46
−26.1%
55−60
+26.1%
Hitman 3 46
−26.1%
55−60
+26.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 31
−35.5%
42
+35.5%
Metro Exodus 30
−6.7%
32
+6.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24
−142%
55−60
+142%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 37
−16.2%
43
+16.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 58
−8.6%
63
+8.6%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35
−65.7%
55−60
+65.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 29
−31%
38
+31%
Battlefield 5 48
−20.8%
55−60
+20.8%
Cyberpunk 2077 18
+0%
18
+0%
Far Cry 5 45
−6.7%
48
+6.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 49
−2%
50
+2%
Forza Horizon 4 67
+15.5%
55−60
−15.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 25
−8%
27
+8%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 56.18 57.94
Novelty 2 July 2019 12 January 2021
Cost $399 $329
Memory bus width 256 192
Memory bandwidth 448 360
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2176 3584
Chip lithography 12 nm 8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 175 Watt 170 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super

and

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 Super by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 Super from AMD is Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3060 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3060 from AMD is Radeon RX 5700 XT, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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