RTX 2070 vs RTX 3060

General info

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

Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.33
 
2.86
Architecture
Turing
 
Ampere
GPU code name
Turing TU106
 
GA106
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
27 August 2018 (3 years ago)
 
12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$499
 
$329
Price now
$987 (2x MSRP)
 
$831 (2.5x MSRP)

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 cores
2304
 
3584
Core clock speed
1410 MHz
 
no data
Boost clock speed
1620 MHz
 
1777 MHz
Number of transistors
10,800 million
 
13,250 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
175 Watt
 
170 Watt
Texture fill rate
233.3
 
199.0

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).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
229 mm
 
242 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
 
1x 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 type
GDDR6
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
12 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
14000 MHz
 
15 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
448.0 GB/s
 
360.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

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 Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI
+
 
+
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

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.

DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_1)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2
CUDA
7.5
 
8.6

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 2070 59.69
RTX 3060 61.64 +3.3%

Passmark

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.

RTX 2070 16109
RTX 3060 16634 +3.3%

Gaming performance

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

Both graphics cards satisfy the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

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

 
RTX 2070
RTX 3060
1080p
 
129
no data
1440p
 
88
no data
4K
 
61
no data

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
101
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
87
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
126
 
no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
147
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
91
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
114
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
103
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
142
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
164
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
113
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
117
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
112
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
107
 
no data

1920x1080
High Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
86
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
73
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
117
 
no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
130
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
74
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
110
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
99
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
135
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
144
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
88
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
78
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
65
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
105
 
no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
158
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
94
 
no data

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
64
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
65
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
108
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
64
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
104
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
90
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
110
 
no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
87
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
64
 
no data

2560x1440
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
87
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
93
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
61
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
50
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
42
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
76
 
no data

2560x1440
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
52
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
50
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
88
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
41
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
88
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
82
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
93
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
47
 
no data

4K
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
51
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
50
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
35
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
32
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
27
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
40
 
no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
63
 
no data

4K
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
36
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
31
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
55
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
20
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
49
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
51
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
63
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
27
 
no data

Competitors of GeForce RTX 2070 from AMD

The nearest GeForce RTX 2070's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary, which is faster by 3% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 2070:

Competitors of GeForce RTX 3060 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3060 from AMD is Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 3060:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

Higher memory bandwidth (448 vs 360 GB/s)

DLSS

Raytracing

VR Ready

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

3.3% higher performance in benchmarks

Much newer (12 January 2021 vs 27 August 2018)

Cheaper ($831 vs $987)

More pipelines (3584 vs 2304)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 12 nm)

Lower power consumption (170W vs 175W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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