NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile sales 4 January 2021. This is a laptop graphics card based on an Ampere architecture and made with 8 nm manufacturing process. It is 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 32.33% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

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

Place in performance ranking155
Place by popularity75
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameGN20-E3 GA106
Market segmentLaptop
Release date4 January 2021 (3 years old)

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
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)
Power consumption (TDP)115 Watt (60 - 115 Watt TGP)of 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate171.0of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Size and compatibility

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 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed14000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth336.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
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

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

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 27419

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 graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3060 Mobile 20609

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 104826

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 466087

Gaming performance

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 across all PC games

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

Full HD102
1440p70
4K41

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 103

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 60−65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 76
Battlefield 5 95−100
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 86
Far Cry 5 112
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

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 60−65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 64
Battlefield 5 141
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 69
Far Cry 5 106
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

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 60−65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 56
Battlefield 5 131
Cyberpunk 2077 62
Far Cry 5 101
Far Cry New Dawn 86
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 78
Watch Dogs: Legion 46

1440p
High Preset

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

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 48
Battlefield 5 104
Cyberpunk 2077 39
Far Cry 5 84
Far Cry New Dawn 85
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 45−50
Watch Dogs: Legion 34

4K
High Preset

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

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 11
Battlefield 5 63
Cyberpunk 2077 15
Far Cry 5 40
Far Cry New Dawn 50
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Watch Dogs: Legion 19

Relative perfomance

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


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile is Radeon RX 6800M, which is faster by 6% and higher by 15 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile:

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 Mobile according to our statistics.

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