NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 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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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

36 %
51 %
41% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

70 FPS
122 FPS
52 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

58 FPS
60 FPS
1 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

45 FPS
86 FPS
41 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

47 FPS
Identical
47 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

45558
99213
117% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

47750
96416
101% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

53125
74845
40% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
3DMark Graphics score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

6046
8714
44% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1506 MHz
14% slightly higher core clock speed
1320 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1683 MHz
1777 MHz
5% slightly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
12 GiB
49% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
33% slightly larger memory bus width
192 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

256.30 GB/s
360 GB/s
40% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

150 W
13% slightly lower TDP
170 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

107.7 Gigapixels/s
26% slightly higher pixel rate
85.3 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

202 Gigatexels/s
1% slightly higher texture rate
199 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

6.46 TFLOPS
12.74 TFLOPS
97% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1920
3584
86% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

120
7% slightly more texture mapping units
112

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

64
33% slightly more render output processors
48

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

67th of 531
39th of 531

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

June 2016
January 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
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 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3060 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 in gaming.

In our comparison, the GeForce GTX 1070 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. Despite this, the GeForce RTX 3060 has a slightly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

Next up, in terms of GPU memory, the GeForce RTX 3060 has significantly more memory with 12 GiB of memory compared to 8 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1070 has a slightly lower TDP at 150 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 1070.

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