RTX 2060 vs RTX 3060

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1320
  • Max video memory 6144
  • 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
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 444$
Games supported 100%

General info

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

Place in performance rating8244
Value for money59.0370.65
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameTuring TU106Ampere GA106
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date6 January 2019 (3 years ago)12 January 2021 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$349 $329
Price now$429 (1.2x MSRP)$444 (1.3x 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 cores1920no data
Core clock speed1320 MHzno data
Boost clock speed1620 MHzno data
Number of transistors10,800 million13,250 million
Manufacturing process technology12 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)175 Wattno data
Texture fill rate201.6199.0

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-slotno data
Supplementary power connectors1x 8-pinno data

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 typeGDDR6no data
Maximum RAM amount6 GBno data
Memory bus width192 Bitno data
Memory clock speed14000 MHzno data
Memory bandwidth336.0 GB/sno data
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-Cno data
HDMI+no data
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.

DirectX12no data
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.6no data
OpenCL1.2no data
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 46.96
RTX 3060 57.15
+21.7%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA

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: 25%

RTX 2060 13969
RTX 3060 17000
+21.7%

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 60454
RTX 3060 79706
+31.8%

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: 16%

RTX 2060 27163
RTX 3060 28375
+4.5%

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RTX 2060 16267
RTX 3060 19572
+20.3%

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: 13%

RTX 2060 107083
RTX 3060 120745
+12.8%

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: 13%

RTX 2060 19338
RTX 3060 21379
+10.6%

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 70069
RTX 3060 96416
+37.6%

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 424149
RTX 3060 537787
+26.8%

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 60299
RTX 3060 74845
+24.1%

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 77840
RTX 3060 98715
+26.8%

Gaming performance

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

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

Full HD120
−3.3%
124
+3.3%
1440p76
−2.6%
78
+2.6%
4K50
+0%
50
+0%

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−68.1%
79
+68.1%

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 92
+61.4%
55−60
−61.4%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 79
−29.1%
102
+29.1%
Battlefield 5 145
+154%
55−60
−154%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 135
+137%
55−60
−137%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−66%
78
+66%
Far Cry 5 103
−35.9%
140
+35.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 101
−18.8%
120
+18.8%
Forza Horizon 4 140
+146%
55−60
−146%
Hitman 3 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 101
−40.6%
142
+40.6%
Red Dead Redemption 2 102
+78.9%
55−60
−78.9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 107
−24.3%
133
+24.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 101
−6.9%
108
+6.9%

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 78
+36.8%
55−60
−36.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 64
−32.8%
85
+32.8%
Battlefield 5 129
+126%
55−60
−126%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 118
+107%
55−60
−107%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−59.6%
75
+59.6%
Far Cry 5 99
−32.3%
131
+32.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 97
−18.6%
115
+18.6%
Forza Horizon 4 131
+130%
55−60
−130%
Hitman 3 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 78
−39.7%
109
+39.7%
Metro Exodus 67
−20.9%
81
+20.9%
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
−1.8%
55−60
+1.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 96
−26%
121
+26%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 136
−25.7%
171
+25.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 87
−9.2%
95
+9.2%

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 56
−1.8%
55−60
+1.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 55
−36.4%
75
+36.4%
Battlefield 5 119
+109%
55−60
−109%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−36.2%
64
+36.2%
Far Cry 5 94
−29.8%
122
+29.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 88
−15.9%
102
+15.9%
Forza Horizon 4 105
+84.2%
55−60
−84.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 73
+0%
73
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45
−31.1%
59
+31.1%

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 76
+33.3%
55−60
−33.3%
Hitman 3 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 52
−48.1%
77
+48.1%
Metro Exodus 42
−19%
50
+19%
Red Dead Redemption 2 35
−62.9%
55−60
+62.9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45−50
−70.2%
80
+70.2%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 42
−42.9%
60
+42.9%
Battlefield 5 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+20.5%
39
−20.5%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−100%
94
+100%
Far Cry New Dawn 76
−17.1%
89
+17.1%
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30
−50%
45
+50%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 43
−32.6%
55−60
+32.6%
Hitman 3 45−50
−21.3%
55−60
+21.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30
−40%
42
+40%
Metro Exodus 26
−23.1%
32
+23.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24
−138%
55−60
+138%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
−34.4%
43
+34.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 51
−23.5%
63
+23.5%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 28
−104%
55−60
+104%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24
−58.3%
38
+58.3%
Battlefield 5 53
−7.5%
55−60
+7.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+161%
18
−161%
Far Cry 5 41
−17.1%
48
+17.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 42
−19%
50
+19%
Forza Horizon 4 59
+3.5%
55−60
−3.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 17
−58.8%
27
+58.8%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 46.96 57.15
Novelty 6 January 2019 12 January 2021
Cost $349 $329
Chip lithography 12 nm 8 nm

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 from AMD is Radeon RX 6600, 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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