NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 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

80 %
86% significantly better overall score
43 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

111 FPS
65 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
46 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

57 FPS
17 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate
41 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

81 FPS
50 FPS significantly higher City frame rate
31 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

44 FPS
11 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
33 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

99,213
191% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
34,034

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

96,416
164% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
36,416

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

74,845
100% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
37,241

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,320 MHz
1,506 MHz
14% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,777 MHz
3% slightly higher boost clock speed
1,709 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

12 GiB
100% significantly more memory
6 GiB

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

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

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

170 W
120 W
41% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

85 Gigapixels/s
3% slightly higher pixel rate
82 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

199 Gigatexels/s
45% significantly higher texture rate
137 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

13 TFLOPS
215% significantly better floating point performance
4 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

3,584
180% significantly more shading units
1,280

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

112
40% slightly more texture mapping units
80

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
Identical
48

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

39th of 536
89th of 536

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2021
July 2016

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR6
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.6
4.6

GeForce RTX 3060 vs GeForce GTX 1060 6GB benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in gaming.

Our database shows that the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 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 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 6 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 GTX 1060 6GB 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.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the GeForce RTX 3060 is faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

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