NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Price

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$ 600
$ 162
$ 438.00 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

79 %
61% significantly better overall score
49 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

109 FPS
49 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
60 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

57 FPS
13 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate
44 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

80 FPS
27 FPS significantly higher City frame rate
53 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

44 FPS
20 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
24 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

96,416
83% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
52,512

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

74,845
87% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
39,991

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

8,766
76% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score
4,965

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,320 MHz
2,310 MHz
75% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,777 MHz
2,815 MHz
58% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

12 GiB
200% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

192 Bit
200% significantly larger memory bus width
64 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

360 GB/s
150% significantly higher memory bandwidth
144 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

170 W
107 W
58% significantly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

85 Gigapixels/s
90 Gigapixels/s
5% slightly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

199 Gigatexels/s
10% slightly higher texture rate
180 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

13 TFLOPS
120% significantly better floating point performance
6 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

3,584
250% significantly more shading units
1,024

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

112
75% significantly more texture mapping units
64

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
49% significantly more render output processors
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

39th of 526
76th of 526

Family

The product line

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Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2021
January 2022

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 3060 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT comparison

In our benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 3060 beats the Radeon RX 6500 XT in gaming performance.

In our comparison, the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly 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. In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT also has a significantly 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 4 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 Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly lower TDP at 107 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 Radeon RX 6500 XT.

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