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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
- Core clock speed 1320
- Max video memory 12288 MB
- Memory type GDDR6
- Memory clock speed 1875
- Maximum resolution
NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3060 sales 12 January 2021 at a recommended price of $329. This is a high-end Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 12 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 1.88 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
of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Of GeForce RTX 3060's architecture, market segment and release date.
|Place in performance rating||41|
|Value for money||36.01|
|GPU code name||Ampere GA106|
|Release date||12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$329|
|Price now||$964 (2.9x MSRP)||of 10388 (Quadro GV100)|
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 cores||3584||of 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)|
|Core clock speed||1320 MHz||of 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)|
|Boost clock speed||1777 MHz||of 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)|
|Number of transistors||13,250 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||8 nm||of 5 (Apple M1 GPU)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||170 Watt||of 900 (Tesla S2050)|
|Texture fill rate||199.0||of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)|
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 video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
|Interface||PCIe 4.0 x16|
|Supplementary power connectors||1x 12-pin|
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3060: 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.
|Maximum RAM amount||12 GB||of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory bus width||192 Bit||of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory clock speed||1875 MHz||of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)|
|Memory bandwidth||360.0 GB/s||of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)|
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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
|Display Connectors||1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort|
APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3060, sometimes including their particular versions.
|DirectX||12 Ultimate (12_2)|
Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3060. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
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.
- 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
- 3DMark Fire Strike Score
- 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
- 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
- 3DMark Vantage Performance
- 3DMark Ice Storm 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||102|
|Far Cry 5||152|
|Far Cry New Dawn||133|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||142|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||143|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||108|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||85|
|Far Cry 5||140|
|Far Cry New Dawn||126|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||109|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||124|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||179|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||95|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||75|
|Far Cry 5||132|
|Far Cry New Dawn||112|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||63|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||59|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||77|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||80|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||60|
|Far Cry 5||93|
|Far Cry New Dawn||90|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||45|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||42|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||42|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||90|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||38|
|Far Cry 5||48|
|Far Cry New Dawn||50|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||27|
Overall GeForce RTX 3060 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.
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:
Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.
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