NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Price

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$ 800
$ 600
$ 200.00 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

34 %
79 %
132% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

40 FPS
109 FPS
69 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

33 FPS
57 FPS
24 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

26 FPS
80 FPS
54 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

25 FPS
44 FPS
19 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

31,129
99,213
218% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

32,388
96,416
197% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

31,476
74,845
137% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

3,636
8,766
141% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,708 MHz
29% slightly higher core clock speed
1,320 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
12 GiB
100% significantly more memory

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

120 W
41% slightly lower TDP
170 W

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

113th of 526
39th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

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January 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

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GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce RTX 3060 benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in gaming.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a slightly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation.

Next up, in terms of GPU memory, the GeForce RTX 3060 has significantly more memory with 12 GiB of memory compared to 6 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1060 has a slightly lower TDP at 120 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 at 170 W. Heat output doesn't match power consumption directly but, it's a good estimate.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the GeForce RTX 3060 over the GeForce GTX 1060.

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