GeForce RTX 3060 vs RTX 2060 Super

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Aggregate performance score

We've compared GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 3060, covering specs and all relevant benchmarks.

RTX 2060 Super
2019
8 GB GDDR6, 175 Watt
42.88

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by a minimal 3% based on our aggregate benchmark results.

Primary details

GPU architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters compared.

Place in performance ranking7771
Place by popularity195
Cost-effectiveness evaluation29.5042.84
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameTuring TU106Ampere GA106
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date2 July 2019 (5 years ago)12 January 2021 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$399 $329
Current price$374 (0.9x MSRP)$317 (1x MSRP)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

RTX 3060 has 45% better value for money than RTX 2060 Super.

Detailed specifications

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
Power consumption (TDP)175 Watt170 Watt
Texture fill rate224.4199.0

Form factor & compatibility

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics 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

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of VRAM installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Integrated GPUs have no dedicated video RAM 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--

Connectivity and outputs

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

Supported technologies

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

VR Ready+no data

API compatibility

List of supported graphics and general-purpose computing APIs, including their specific versions.

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

Synthetic benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 42.88
RTX 3060 44.25
+3.2%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 3% based on our aggregate benchmark results.


Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

RTX 2060 Super 16557
RTX 3060 17085
+3.2%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 3% in Passmark.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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 29637
+4.4%
RTX 3060 28375

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 4% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Vantage Performance

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 83631
+4.9%
RTX 3060 79706

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 5% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2060 Super 21970
+2.8%
RTX 3060 21379

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 3% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

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 119831
RTX 3060 120745
+0.8%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 1% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

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 87301
RTX 3060 88585
+1.5%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 1% in GeekBench 5 OpenCL.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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 487878
RTX 3060 537787
+10.2%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 10% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

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 85578
RTX 3060 89918
+5.1%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 5% in GeekBench 5 Vulkan.

GeekBench 5 CUDA

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: 4%

RTX 2060 Super 95114
RTX 3060 98715
+3.8%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 4% in GeekBench 5 CUDA.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 159
RTX 3060 175
+10.4%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 10% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 61
RTX 3060 67
+9.5%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 9% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 9
+1.1%
RTX 3060 9

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 1% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 78
+5.1%
RTX 3060 75

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 5% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 48
RTX 3060 50
+3.9%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 4% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 38
RTX 3060 41
+7.6%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 8% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 116
+1.7%
RTX 3060 114

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 2% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 2060 Super 11
+9%
RTX 3060 10

RTX 2060 Super outperforms RTX 3060 by 9% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2060 Super 197
RTX 3060 201
+1.9%

RTX 3060 outperforms RTX 2060 Super by 2% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05.

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD117
−4.3%
122
+4.3%
1440p69
−17.4%
81
+17.4%
4K45
−13.3%
51
+13.3%

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 0−1 no data
Battlefield 5 0−1 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0−1 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data
Far Cry 5 0−1 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 no data
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 no data
Hitman 3 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Metro Exodus 0−1 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 0−1 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 no data

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 0−1 no data
Battlefield 5 0−1 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0−1 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data
Far Cry 5 0−1 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 no data
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 no data
Hitman 3 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Metro Exodus 0−1 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 0−1 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0−1 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 no data

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 0−1 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0−1 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data
Far Cry 5 0−1 no data
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0−1 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 no data

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 0−1 no data

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 0−1 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 no data

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 0−1 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0−1 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data
Far Cry 5 0−1 no data
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 no data
Hitman 3 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Metro Exodus 0−1 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0−1 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 no data

1440p
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 0−1 no data

4K
High Preset

Battlefield 5 0−1 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 no data
Hitman 3 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0−1 no data

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 0−1 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0−1 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 no data
Far Cry 5 0−1 no data
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 no data
Metro Exodus 0−1 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 no data

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 0−1 no data

This is how RTX 2060 Super and RTX 3060 compete in popular games:

  • RTX 3060 is 4% faster in 1080p
  • RTX 3060 is 17% faster in 1440p
  • RTX 3060 is 13% faster in 4K

Pros & cons summary


Performance score 42.88 44.25
Recency 2 July 2019 12 January 2021
Cost $399 $329
Maximum RAM amount 8 GB 12 GB
Chip lithography 12 nm 8 nm
Power consumption (TDP) 175 Watt 170 Watt

RTX 3060 has a 3.2% higher aggregate performance score, an age advantage of 1 year, its recommended price lower by $70, a 50% higher maximum VRAM amount, a 50% more advanced lithography process, and 2.9% lower power consumption.

Given the minimal performance differences, no clear winner can be declared between GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 3060.


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