NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: specs and benchmarks

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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
Year of release 2021
Performance 43.83

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3060 sales 12 January 2021 at a recommended price of $329. This is Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 12 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 15 GHz are supplied, and together with 192 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 360.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 242 mm. 1x 12-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 170 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

43.83%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about GeForce RTX 3060: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating46
Place by popularity3
Value for money27.83
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA106
Market segmentDesktop
Release date12 January 2021 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$329
Current price$435 (1.3x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3060's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3060's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores3584of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1320 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1777 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors13,250 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)170 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate199.0of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3060's 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 4.0 x16
Length242 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3060: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount12 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed15000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth360.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3060. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3060, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2
CUDA8.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3060. 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 3060 43.83
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 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 medical-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

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RTX 3060 17117

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 3060 79706

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 3060 28375

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3060 19572

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3060 21379

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 3060 120745

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 3060 96416

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 3060 537787

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 3060 74845

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: 5%

RTX 3060 98715

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 175

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 67

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 9

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 41

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 75

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3060 50

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3060 10

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3060 114

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 3060 201

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3060 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

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

Full HD124
1440p78
4K50

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 79
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70−75
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 102
Battlefield 5 120−130
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 78
Far Cry 5 140
Far Cry New Dawn 120
Forza Horizon 4 130−140
Hitman 3 140−150
Horizon Zero Dawn 142
Red Dead Redemption 2 70−75
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 133
Watch Dogs: Legion 108
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70−75
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 85
Battlefield 5 120−130
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 75
Far Cry 5 131
Far Cry New Dawn 115
Forza Horizon 4 130−140
Hitman 3 140−150
Horizon Zero Dawn 109
Metro Exodus 81
Red Dead Redemption 2 70−75
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 121
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 171
Watch Dogs: Legion 95
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70−75
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 75
Battlefield 5 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 64
Far Cry 5 122
Far Cry New Dawn 102
Forza Horizon 4 130−140
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 73
Watch Dogs: Legion 59
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 70−75
Hitman 3 80−85
Horizon Zero Dawn 77
Metro Exodus 50
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60
Battlefield 5 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 39
Far Cry 5 94
Far Cry New Dawn 89
Forza Horizon 4 95−100
Watch Dogs: Legion 45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 42
Metro Exodus 32
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 43
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 63
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−33
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 38
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 18
Far Cry 5 48
Far Cry New Dawn 50
Forza Horizon 4 60−65
Watch Dogs: Legion 27

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce RTX 3060 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

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 3 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce RTX 3060 according to our statistics.

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