RTX 3060 Performance

Performance Summary Charts & Graphs

Gaming Performance Summary Charts

Here are the summary charts of 37 games and 3 synthetic tests. The highest settings were always chosen and the settings are listed on the chart.  The benches were run at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440.  Five cards were compared and they are listed in order starting from left to right: the EVGA RX 3060 Black, RX 5700 XT, the RTX 3060 Ti, the RTX 2060 and the EVGA GTX 1060 SC.

Most results, except for  synthetic scores, show average framerates, and higher is better. Minimum framerates are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  Games benched with OCAT show average framerates, but the minimums are expressed by frametimes (99th-percentile) in ms where lower are better.  An “X” means the benchmark was not run (or could not be run).

All of the games that we tested ran well on each card.  The GTX 1060 was only tested at 1080P as it is unsuitable for 1440 at highest settings in 2021.

The $329 RTX 3060 is about 30% slower than the $399 RTX 3060 Ti, and about 25% faster than the Turing GeForce RTX 2060 which launched originally at $349.  It’s also on average 90% faster than the Pascal GeForce GTX 1060 which was one of NVIDIA’s most popular cards that launched at the bargain price of $249 four and one-half years ago.  The RTX 3060 trades blows with the Radeon RX 5700 XT which launched at $399, but we test using the Anniversary Edition which originally launched at $449 and it is AMD’s binned and overclocked card.

Next we look at six RTX/DLSS enabled games, each using maximum ray traced settings and the highest quality DLSS where available.

RTX/DLSS Benchmarks

The RTX 3060 is next compared with the same cards when ray tracing and/or RTX/DLSS are enabled.  The RX 5700 XT and the GTX 1060 can only run one ray traced non-RTX game – Crysis Remastered.  The GTX 1060 is technically capable of running ray traced games but it’s a slideshow. 

Across a variety of ray traced and rasterized DirectX and Vulkan titles, the GeForce RTX 3060 delivers around 25% faster performance than the GeForce RTX 2060 and it is also about 30% slower than the RTX 3060 Ti.

Next we look at overclocked performance.

Overclocked benchmarks

These benchmarks are run with the RTX 3060 overclocked +225MHz on the core and +800MHz on the memory versus at stock clocks.  The RTX 3060 Black’s overclocked results are presented first and the stock results are in the second column.

There is a small performance increase from overclocking the RTX 3060 that is roughly from 5% to 10% depending on the game.  NVIDIA has evidently locked all  Ampere cards overclocking down to maximize performance for all users.  We would also suggest that the RTX 3060 is rather voltage constrained and if you want a higher overclock, pick a higher level (and higher priced) factory-overclocked EVGA version instead of a Black entry-level card.

What about virtual reality?

VR

For the detailed performance results and frametime plots of the RTX 3060 versus the RTX 3060 Ti see Part 1 of this mega review.  However, unconstrained framerates will give a reasonable approximation of comparative performance.

The EVGA RTX 3060 Black sits in a  unique position as the fastest $329 MSRP video card available for VR and it offers reasonable performance for use with a Vive Pro or an Index class headset, and no doubt it would offer excellent performance for an original Vive, Rift CV1, or even for a Rift S.

The RTX 3060 can max out several of the games in our 16-game VR benching suite if the resolution is left at 100% or slightly subsampled, or if the in-game settings are lowered.  But if someone is going to spend $1000 for a premium HMD, it makes sense to pair it with a faster video card like the RTX 3060 Ti or higher.

Let’s look at non-gaming applications next to see if the RTX 3060 is a good upgrade from the other video cards we test starting with Blender.

Blender 2.912 Benchmark

Blender is a very popular open source 3D content creation suite. It supports every aspect of 3D development with a complete range of tools for professional 3D creation.

We benchmarked three Blender 2.912 benchmarks which measure GPU performance by timing how long it takes to render production files. We tested four of our comparison cards with both CUDA and Optix running on the GPU instead of using the CPU.  The RX 5700 XT uses OpenCL only.

For the following chart, lower is better as the benchmark renders a scene multiple times and gives the results in minutes and seconds.

Blender’s benchmark does not seem to show the advantages of the RTX 3060’s 12GB of vRAM although it is faster than the RX 5700 XT by virtue of being able to use OPTIX or CUDA.

Next we look at the OctaneBench.

OctaneBench

OctaneBench allows you to benchmark your GPU using OctaneRender.  The hardware and software requirements to run OctaneBench are the same as for OctaneRender Standalone.

We run OctaneBench 2020.1.5 for Windows and here are the RTX 3060’s complete results and overall score of 289.61.

Below is the summary chart comparing four of our test cards.  The RX 5700 XT does not run this benchmark.

RTX 2060, not GTX

The RTX 3060 is a very decent card when used for rendering especially compared with the older cards.

Next, we move on to AIDA64 GPGPU benchmarks.

AIDA64 v6.25

AIDA64 is an important industry tool for benchmarkers.   Its GPGPU benchmarks measure performance and give scores to compare against other popular video cards.

AIDA64’s benchmark code methods are written in Assembly language, and they are well-optimized for every popular AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and VIA processor by utilizing the appropriate instruction set extensions.  We use the Engineer’s full version of AIDA64 courtesy of FinalWire.  AIDA64 is free to to try and use for 30 days.  CPU results are also shown for comparison with both the RTX 3070 and GTX 2080 Ti GPGPU benchmarks.

Here are the RTX 3060 AIDA64 GPGPU results compared with an overclocked i9-10900K.

Here is the chart summary of the AIDA64 GPGPU benchmarks with four of our competing cards side-by-side.

RTX 2060, not GTX

The RTX 3070 is a fast GPGPU card and it compares favorably with the RTX 3060 Ti although it is slower.  So let’s look at Sandra 2020 next.

SiSoft Sandra 2020

To see where the CPU, GPU, and motherboard performance results differ, there is no better tool than SiSoft’s Sandra 2020.  SiSoftware SANDRA (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a excellent information & diagnostic utility in a complete package.  It is able to provide all the information about your hardware, software, and other devices for diagnosis and for benchmarking.  Sandra is derived from a Greek name that implies “defender” or “helper”.

There are several versions of Sandra, including a free version of Sandra Lite that anyone can download and use.  Sandra 2020 R10 is the latest version, and we are using the full engineer suite courtesy of SiSoft.  Sandra 2020 features continuous multiple monthly incremental improvements over earlier versions of Sandra.  It will benchmark and analyze all of the important PC subsystems and even rank your PC while giving recommendations for improvement.

The author of Sandra 2020 informed us that while NVIDIA has sent some optimizations, they are generic for all cards, not Ampere specific.  The tensors for FP64 & TF32 have not been enabled in Sandra 2020 so GEMM & convolution running on tensors will get faster using Ampere’s tensor cores.  BF16 is supposed to be faster than FP16/half-float, but since precision losses are unknown it has not yet been enabled either.  And finally, once the updated CUDA SDK for Ampere gets publicly released, Sandra GPGPU performance should improve also.

With the above in mind, we ran Sandra’s intensive GPGPU benchmarks and charted the results summarizing them.

RTX 2060, not GTX

In Sandra GPGPU benchmarks, the RTX 3060 is overall faster than the older NVIDIA cards.  However, since the architectures are different – especially with the RX 5700 XT – each card exhibits different characteristics with different strengths and weaknesses.

SPECworkstation3 (3.0.4) Benchmarks

All the SPECworkstation3 benchmarks are based on professional applications, most of which are in the CAD/CAM or media and entertainment fields. All of these benchmarks are free except for vendors of computer-related products and/or services.

The most comprehensive workstation benchmark is SPECworkstation3.  It’s a free-standing benchmark which does not require ancillary software. It measures GPU, CPU, storage and all other major aspects of workstation performance based on actual applications and representative workloads.  We only tested the GPU-related workstation performance as checked in the image below.

Here are our raw SPECworkstation 3.0.4.summary and raw scores for the RTX 3060.

Here are the SPECworkstation3 results summarized in a chart along with four competing cards.  Higher is better.

RTX 2060, not GTX

Using SPEC benchmarks, the RTX 3060 is again much faster than the older NVIDIA cards.  However, since the architectures are different, the cards each exhibit different characteristics with different strengths and weaknesses.

SPECviewperf 2020 GPU Benches

The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) has released a version of its SPECviewperf benchmark last year that features updated viewsets, new models, support for both 2K and 4K display resolutions, and improved set-up and results management.

We benchmarked at 4K and here are the summary and the raw results for the RTX 3060.

Here are SPECviewperf 2020 GPU benchmarks summarized in a chart together with the four other cards that we had time to test, the RTX 3060 Ti, the RTX 2060, the GTX 1060, and the RX 5700 XT.

RTX 2060, not GTX

Again, the RX 3060 is slower than the RX 3060 Ti despite the faster card having 4GB vRAM less, but it is faster than the older NVIDIA cards.  The RX 5700 XT has different strengths and weaknesses compared with GeForce cards.

After seeing these benches, some creative users may upgrade their existing systems with a new RTX 3060 card based on the performance increases and the associated increases in productivity that they require. The question to buy an RTX 3060 should be based on the workflow and requirements of each user as well as their budget.  Time is money depending on how these apps are used.  However, the target demographic for the RTX 3060 is primarily gaming for gamers, especially at 1080P.

Let’s head to our conclusion.