More benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card have leaked out just a few hours before its launch by Videocardz. The GeForce RTX 3060 will be the latest and most entry-level card within the RTX 30 series so far with an MSRP of $329 US.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 3DMark & Superposition Benchmarks Leak Out, Performance On Par With An RTX 2070
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 AOTS benchmarks leaked out a while back and showed it on par with an RTX 2070 SUPER however that should be the best-case scenario for Ampere. When comparing it in synthetic benchmarks, the results are very similar to the RTX 2070 or the RTX 2060 SUPER while the GeForce RTX 3060 TI maintains a 40% lead on average which is quite a huge gap for the NVIDIA 3060 series lineup.
So talking about performance numbers, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 scores 10284 points in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 5012 points in the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, 8757 points in the 3DMark Time Spy, 4111 points in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme and 5072 points in the Port Royal benches. As for Superposition, the GPU scores 5073 points in the 1080p Extreme preset and 2832 points in the 8K optimized preset.
Now given these performance metrics, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 comes out as a decent card and a replacement for the RTX 2060 SUPER which retailed at $399 US. The graphics card offers a higher VRAM capacity of 12 GB versus 8 GB and has a much lower power draw thanks to the GA106 GPU. Then again, the $329 US MSRP is a far cry from where the card will actually be priced and we are already looking at $450 US+ retail prices for various custom models.
Now mining can be used as a reason to justify the higher prices but it has more so to do with the price gouging tactics of retailers and distributors who have been taking advantage of the pandemic situation. Do note that NVIDIA has already nerfed the mining performance of the RTX 3060 & has issued a statement that the mining potential of the card is pretty hard to bypass as detailed here.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Card Specifications – GA106 GPU & 12 GB GDDR6 Memory
At the heart of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card lies the GA106 GPU. The GA106 is one of the many Ampere GPUs that we will be getting on the gaming segment. The GA106 GPU is the third gaming GPU that NVIDIA has produced.
The new shader core on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture is 2.7x faster, the new RT cores are 1.7x faster while the new Tensor cores are up to 2.7x faster than the previous generation Turing GPUs. The 2nd Generation RT core delivers dedicated hardware-accelerated ray-tracing performance & features twice the ray/triangles intersection with concurrent RT graphics and compute operations.
For the GeForce RTX 3060, NVIDIA has enabled a total of 28 SM units on its flagship which results in a total of 3584 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs. In addition to the CUDA cores, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 also comes packed with next-generation RT (Ray-Tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and brand new SM or streaming multi-processor units. The graphics card has a TDP of 170W.
In terms of memory, the GeForce RTX 3060 comes packed with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. The memory runs across a 192-bit bus wide interface and features an effective clock speed of 15.00 Gbps which delivers a cumulative bandwidth of 360 GB/s which is slightly higher bandwidth than the RTX 2060 6 GB model & you also end up with twice the memory while Ampere’s brand new compression architecture makes sure that the GPU isn’t bandwidth starved.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series ‘Ampere’ Graphics Card Specifications:
|Graphics Card Name||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090|
|GPU Name||Ampere GA106-300||Ampere GA104-200||Ampere GA104-300||Ampere GA102-200||Ampere GA102-300|
|Process Node||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm|
|Transistors||TBC||17.4 Billion||17.4 Billion||28 Billion||28 Billion|
|TMUs / ROPs||112 / 64||152 / 80||184 / 96||272 / 96||328 / 112|
|Tensor / RT Cores||112 / 28||152 / 38||184 / 46||272 / 68||328 / 82|
|Base Clock||1320 MHz||1410 MHz||1500 MHz||1440 MHz||1400 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1780 MHz||1665 MHz||1730 MHz||1710 MHz||1700 MHz|
|FP32 Compute||13 TFLOPs||16 TFLOPs||20 TFLOPs||30 TFLOPs||36 TFLOPs|
|RT TFLOPs||25 TFLOPs||32 TFLOPs||40 TFLOPs||58 TFLOPs||69 TFLOPs|
|Tensor-TOPs||101 TOPs||192 TOPs||163 TOPs||238 TOPs||285 TOPs|
|Memory Capacity||12 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||10 GB GDDR6X||24 GB GDDR6X|
|Memory Speed||16 Gbps||14 Gbps||14 Gbps||19 Gbps||19.5 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||384 Gbps||448 Gbps||448 Gbps||760 Gbps||936 Gbps|
|Price (MSRP / FE)||$329 US||$399 US||$499 US||$699 US||$1499 US|
|Launch (Availability)||25th February 2021||2nd December 2020||29th October 2020||17th September 2020||24th September 2020|
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB graphics card launches on the 25th of February at 6 AM Pacific Time. The graphics card will be positioned against AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 6 GB graphics card & will be offering performance close to the RTX 2070 SUPER.