NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 817
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2021
Performance 32.08

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile sales 4 January 2021. This is Ampere architecture notebook card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 6 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 GHz are supplied, and together with 192 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 336.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 115 Watt (60 - 115 Watt TGP).

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

32.08%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating111
Place by popularity62
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameGN20-E3 GA106
Market segmentLaptop
Release date4 January 2021 (1 year ago)

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile'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 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores3840of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed817 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1702 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)115 Watt (60 - 115 Watt TGP)of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate171.0of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelarge
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile: 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 amount6 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed14000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth336.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile. 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 ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile, 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 Mobile. 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 Mobile 32.08
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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 Mobile 12550

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 Mobile 57333

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 Mobile 26790

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3060 Mobile 18560

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 Mobile 20393

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 Mobile 105076

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 Mobile 412820

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 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 HD104
1440p72
4K43

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 105
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 55−60
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 76
Battlefield 5 95−100
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 87
Far Cry 5 110
Far Cry New Dawn 94
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Hitman 3 120
Horizon Zero Dawn 96
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 106
Watch Dogs: Legion 81
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 55−60
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 64
Battlefield 5 141
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 69
Far Cry 5 103
Far Cry New Dawn 94
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Hitman 3 114
Horizon Zero Dawn 77
Metro Exodus 81
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 92
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 142
Watch Dogs: Legion 71
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 55−60
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 56
Battlefield 5 131
Cyberpunk 2077 62
Far Cry 5 98
Far Cry New Dawn 86
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 77
Watch Dogs: Legion 46
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Hitman 3 79
Horizon Zero Dawn 61
Metro Exodus 50
Red Dead Redemption 2 40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 68
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 34
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 48
Battlefield 5 104
Cyberpunk 2077 39
Far Cry 5 83
Far Cry New Dawn 85
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
Watch Dogs: Legion 34
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Hitman 3 49
Horizon Zero Dawn 40
Metro Exodus 31
Red Dead Redemption 2 22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 42
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 55
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 11
Battlefield 5 63
Cyberpunk 2077 15
Far Cry 5 38
Far Cry New Dawn 50
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Watch Dogs: Legion 19

Relative perfomance

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


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6700M, which is faster by 5% and higher by 13 positions in our performance 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

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