RTX 2080 vs RTX 3060 Ti

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.58
 
0.82
Architecture
Turing
 
Ampere
GPU code name
Turing TU104
 
Ampere GA104
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
27 August 2018 (2 years ago)
 
1 December 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$699
 
$399
Price now
$1695
 
$3480

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core 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.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2944
 
4864
Core clock speed
1515 MHz
 
1410 MHz
Boost clock
1710 MHz
 
1665 MHz
Number of transistors
13,600 million
 
17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
215 Watt
 
200 Watt
Texture fill rate
314.6
 
253.1

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
267 mm
 
242 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 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 don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
14000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448.0 GB/s
 
448.0 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. 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 HDMI, 3x 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 2080 70.93
RTX 3060 Ti 75.07 +5.8%

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.

RTX 2080 143576
RTX 3060 Ti 153968 +7.2%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RTX 2080 20492
RTX 3060 Ti 27043 +32%

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

RTX 2080 17810
RTX 3060 Ti 28145 +58%

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.

RTX 2080 40278 +6.2%
RTX 3060 Ti 37941

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 2080 18603
RTX 3060 Ti 19688 +5.8%

Gaming performance

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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

Cheaper ($1695 vs $3480)

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 Ti

5.8% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (1 December 2020 vs 27 August 2018)

More pipelines (4864 vs 2944)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 12 nm)

Lower power consumption (200W vs 215W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. 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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