NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1320
  • Max video memory 12288 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 1875
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2021
Performance 62.31

Summary

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

62.31%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce RTX 3060's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating41
Value for money36.01
ArchitectureAmpere
GPU code nameAmpere GA106
Market segmentDesktop
Release date12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$329
Price now$964 (2.9x MSRP)of 10388 (Quadro GV100)
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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 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)
Core clock speed1320 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Boost clock speed1777 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors13,250 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)170 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate199.0of 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).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Length242 mm
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 don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount12 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1875 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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 62.31
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Passmark

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 3060 120745
RTX 3060 20911

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 3060 21847

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 3060 28072

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.

RTX 3060 81033

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.

RTX 3060 538161

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 3060 16616

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.

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

1080p131
1440p83
4K55

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 102
Cyberpunk 2077 75
Far Cry 5 152
Far Cry New Dawn 133
Horizon Zero Dawn 142
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 143
Watch Dogs: Legion 108

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 85
Cyberpunk 2077 70
Far Cry 5 140
Far Cry New Dawn 126
Horizon Zero Dawn 109
Metro Exodus 79
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 124
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 179
Watch Dogs: Legion 95

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 75
Cyberpunk 2077 56
Far Cry 5 132
Far Cry New Dawn 112
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 63
Watch Dogs: Legion 59

2560x1440
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 77
Metro Exodus 49
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60
Cyberpunk 2077 36
Far Cry 5 93
Far Cry New Dawn 90
Watch Dogs: Legion 45

3840x2160
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 42
Metro Exodus 32
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 42
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 90

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 38
Cyberpunk 2077 16
Far Cry 5 48
Far Cry New Dawn 50
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 50th Anniversary, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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User rating

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