NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 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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Price

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$ 960
$ 600
$ 360.30 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

77 %
79 %
2% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

84 FPS
109 FPS
24 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

75 FPS
18 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate
57 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

57 FPS
80 FPS
23 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

60 FPS
15 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
44 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

51,531
99,213
92% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

54,640
96,416
76% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

66,552
74,845
12% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

7,547
8,766
16% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,607 MHz
21% slightly higher core clock speed
1,320 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,733 MHz
1,777 MHz
2% 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

320 GB/s
360 GB/s
12% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

180 W
170 W
5% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

111 Gigapixels/s
30% slightly higher pixel rate
85 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

277 Gigatexels/s
39% slightly higher texture rate
199 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

9 TFLOPS
13 TFLOPS
43% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

2,560
3,584
40% slightly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

160
42% much 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

41st of 526
39th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2016
January 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5X
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 1080 vs GeForce RTX 3060 comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 in gaming.

In our comparison the GeForce GTX 1080 has a slightly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. Despite this, the GeForce RTX 3060 has a slightly higher boost clock speed. The boost clock speed is the frequency that the GPU core can reach if the temperature is low enough. The allows for higher performance in certain scenarios.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the GeForce RTX 3060 has significantly more memory with 12 GiB of memory compared to 8 GiB. If you're planning at playing games at high resolutions with high-quality textures, you will need a lot of memory.

In addition, the GeForce RTX 3060 has a slightly lower TDP at 170 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 1080 at 180 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the GeForce RTX 3060 is faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.

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GPU rating

Our overall benchmark score measures CPU performance in gaming and compute scenarios.

Graphics card specifications

Core Clock speed and Boost clock speed directly influence gaming performance, typically the higher, the better. When thermals and power delivery allow, the GPU will raise its core clock to the boost clock for even more performance. A higher core clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

Memory is important for high resolutions and high resolution textures in games, if you're gaming at 4K or even 8K lots of memory is required. Too little memory may result in stuttering as the GPU tries to swap and fit everything in memory.

Memory bandwidth relates to the speed at which the GPU memory can be accessed. Higher speed is better as the graphics card won't need to wait for memory access before rendering a frame to the screen.

The memory bus width doesn't directly impact performance but, it the memory bandwidth. It measures how much data can be sent at one to and from the memory.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a GPU is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the GPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance. If you're comparing two laptop GPUs, you may take this into account when choosing between the two, since a cooler laptop generally runs faster for longer.

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