NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 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

99 %
25% slightly better overall score
79 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

142 FPS
33 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
109 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

89 FPS
32 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate
57 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

98 FPS
18 FPS slightly higher City frame rate
80 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

63 FPS
19 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
44 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

120,612
21% slightly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
99,213

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

105,930
9% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
96,416

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

87,178
16% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
74,845

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

11,016
25% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score
8,766

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,515 MHz
14% slightly higher core clock speed
1,320 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,710 MHz
1,777 MHz
3% slightly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
12 GiB
51% 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

448 GB/s
24% slightly higher memory bandwidth
360 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

250 W
170 W
47% significantly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

109 Gigapixels/s
28% slightly higher pixel rate
85 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

315 Gigatexels/s
58% significantly higher texture rate
199 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

10 TFLOPS
13 TFLOPS
26% slightly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

2,944
3,584
21% slightly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

184
64% significantly 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

24th of 526
39th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

September 2018
January 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR6
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.6
4.6

GeForce RTX 2080 vs GeForce RTX 3060 comparison

In our benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 2080 beats the GeForce RTX 3060 in gaming performance.

The GeForce RTX 2080 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.

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. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the GeForce RTX 3060 has a significantly lower TDP at 170 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 at 250 W. Heat output doesn't match power consumption directly but, it's a good estimate.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the GeForce RTX 2080 is faster than the GeForce RTX 3060.

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