NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 vs AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

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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 12288 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 1875
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
Radeon RX 6600 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1968
  • Max video memory 8192 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 16000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 686$
Games supported 100%
Graphics card Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 vs AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating4147
Value for money23.7537.46
ArchitectureAmpereNavi / RDNA2
GPU code nameAmpere GA106Navi 23
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date12 January 2021 (1 year ago)30 July 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$329 $379
Price now$1046 (3.2x MSRP)$686 (1.8x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores35842048
Core clock speed1320 MHz1968 MHz
Boost clock speed1777 MHz2589 MHz
Number of transistors13,250 million11,060 million
Manufacturing process technology8 nm7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)170 Watt160 Watt
Texture fill rate199.0331.4

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 x16PCIe 4.0 x8
Length242 mm190 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin1x 8-pin

Memory

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

Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount12 GB8 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed1875 MHz16000 MHz
Memory bandwidth360.0 GB/s256.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)12.0 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL2.02.1
Vulkan1.21.2
CUDA8.6no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 62.37
+6%
RX 6600 XT 58.83
  • 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 122788
RX 6600 XT 156297
+27.3%
RTX 3060 19356
RX 6600 XT 25652
+32.5%

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 21613
RX 6600 XT 28342
+31.1%

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 28506
RX 6600 XT 39051
+37%

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 79706
RX 6600 XT 88163
+10.6%

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 561364
+18.8%
RX 6600 XT 472371

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 16629
+6%
RX 6600 XT 15685

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

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

1080p127
−5.5%
134
+5.5%
1440p81
+2.5%
79
−2.5%
4K53
+20.5%
44
−20.5%

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 102
−26.5%
129
+26.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 75
+2.7%
73
−2.7%
Far Cry 5 146
−3.4%
151
+3.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 127
−3.1%
131
+3.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 142
+3.6%
137
−3.6%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 143
−16.1%
166
+16.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 108
−11.1%
120
+11.1%

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 85
−24.7%
106
+24.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 70
−5.7%
74
+5.7%
Far Cry 5 136
−3.7%
141
+3.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 121
−5%
127
+5%
Horizon Zero Dawn 109
+0%
109
+0%
Metro Exodus 80
−18.8%
95
+18.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 124
−14.5%
142
+14.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 179
+1.7%
176
−1.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 95
−9.5%
104
+9.5%

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 75
+0%
75
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 56
−12.5%
63
+12.5%
Far Cry 5 127
−4.7%
133
+4.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 107
−4.7%
112
+4.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 63
−57.1%
99
+57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 59
−3.4%
61
+3.4%

2560x1440
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 77
+1.3%
76
−1.3%
Metro Exodus 49
−14.3%
56
+14.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80
−5%
84
+5%

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60
+7.1%
56
−7.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 36
+2.9%
35
−2.9%
Far Cry 5 94
−11.7%
105
+11.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 89
−10.1%
98
+10.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45
+2.3%
44
−2.3%

3840x2160
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 42
+7.7%
39
−7.7%
Metro Exodus 31
−9.7%
34
+9.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 42
+5%
40
−5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 90
+66.7%
54
−66.7%

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 38
+35.7%
28
−35.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 16
+23.1%
13
−23.1%
Far Cry 5 49
−4.1%
51
+4.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 50
−6%
53
+6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 27
+12.5%
24
−12.5%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 62.37 58.83
Novelty 12 January 2021 30 July 2021
Cost $329 $379
Memory bus width 192 128
Pipelines / CUDA cores 3584 2048
Memory bandwidth 360 256
Chip lithography 8 nm 7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 170 Watt 160 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

and

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3060 by AMD

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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Competitors of Radeon RX 6600 XT by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon RX 6600 XT's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce RTX 2070, which is faster by 3% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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