NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 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

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 229
$ 370.60 significantly less expensive
$ 600

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

58 %
79 %
36% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

75 FPS
109 FPS
34 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

47 FPS
57 FPS
10 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

56 FPS
80 FPS
24 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

35 FPS
44 FPS
9 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

60,503
99,213
63% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

55,712
96,416
73% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

51,028
74,845
46% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

5,419
8,766
61% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,530 MHz
15% slightly higher core clock speed
1,320 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,785 MHz
0% slightly higher boost clock speed
1,777 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
12 GiB
100% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

192 Bit
Identical
192 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

192 GB/s
360 GB/s
87% significantly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

120 W
41% slightly lower TDP
170 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

86 Gigapixels/s
0% slightly higher pixel rate
85 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

157 Gigatexels/s
199 Gigatexels/s
26% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

5 TFLOPS
13 TFLOPS
153% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,408
3,584
154% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

88
112
27% slightly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
Identical
48

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

65th of 526
39th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

March 2019
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 1660 vs GeForce RTX 3060 benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 in gaming.

In our comparison, the GeForce GTX 1660 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. In addition, the GeForce GTX 1660 also has a slightly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

As stated by the manufacturer, the GeForce RTX 3060 has significantly more memory with 12 GiB of memory compared to 6 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1660 has a slightly lower TDP at 120 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 at 170 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 1660.

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