The RTX 3060 launch is almost upon us, but we won't have to wait until tomorrow to see benchmarks. Videocardz.com today posted early numbers of how the 3060 runs in synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark and Unigine Superposition. The site attributes these tests to anonymous sources, and although synthetic benchmarks and pre-launch tests can be inaccurate, the results are quite underwhelming.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 will be the company's new mid-range card for the Ampere generation, featuring 3584 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR6 memory, and a $325 MSRP (good luck getting one at that price). The GPU will be launching on February 25th (tomorrow).
|GPUs:||Fire Strike Extreme||Time Spy Extreme||Superposition 1080P Extreme|
|RTX 2060 Super||10560||4070||5150|
We've highlighted some of the benchmarks Videocardz ran above, but overall, the RTX 3060 managed to beat the 2060 by just 10% overall. Some of the synthetic tests like 3DMark Fire Strike have the 3060 beating out its Turing counterpart by 16%, but in others like Time Spy, the results are nearly identical.
However, like with most of these leaks -- performance can be highly skewed due to the use of synthetic benchmarks and the use of a pre-release driver; both of which can significantly alter the card's performance. So take these results with a grain of salt, as it is almost guaranteed that what we're seeing here don't indicate how the card will really perform on launch day, with launch day drivers.
But, if there's a chance these results end up reflecting the 3060's actual power, the 3060 runs the risk of presenting a seriously unappealing value at $325, which is 30% more expensive than the RTX 2060 despite the card giving you just 10% more performance.
Stay tuned for our review of the RTX 3060 tomorrow, where you'll get a more detailed, more accurate overview of where the 3060 sits in performance against the RTX 2060 and the other best GPUs currently on the market.
10% faster and double the price lol.
If you want playable performance with RT you are too far down the product stack I wouldn't look at anything less than the 3080.
As for the leaked performance numbers, that wouldn't be too surprising. The 3060 Ti offers performance around that of a 2080 SUPER. But despite having a similar name as the 3060 (non-Ti), it is using a different, larger graphics chip with over 35% more cores enabled, and 33% higher memory bandwidth. Since a 2080 SUPER is only around 30% faster than a 2070 in graphically demanding games, and around 35% faster than a 2060 SUPER, I would expect the 3060's performance to be roughly comparable to those cards.
So, effectively, it is bringing the performance of a ~$400 2060 SUPER down to $325, while adding more VRAM than is probably needed, and likely improving RTX/DLSS performance slightly. Or at least it would be, but the current shortages ensure that it will probably cost close to double its MSRP for months to come, and might not even reach that price before the year is through.
The 30-series doesn't improve RT performance much more than non-RT performance. However, the 2060's 6GB of VRAM apparently can't handle RT particularly well in that game, and it sees a disproportionately large performance hit with RT enabled as a result, even when using DLSS upscaling at 1080p. See these benchmarks, for example, where the 2060 SUPER with its 8GB of VRAM manages around double the performance of the 2060 with RT enabled (1080p results are near the bottom of the page)...
https://www.techspot.com/article/2165-cyberpunk-dlss-ray-tracing-performance/So, I would expect a big performance boost in that particular game with RT enabled, but again, similar performance could have already been had with a 2060 SUPER. I wouldn't expect any of these cards to produce a 60fps experience with RT enabled even with DLSS at 1080p, but staying above 30fps (with an average around 45fps) might be possible. Of course, without RT, even your existing card can probably get close to 60fps with DLSS, so you would still be seeing a notable performance hit from enabling it. If you were going to upgrade from a 2060 to improve RT performance, you would probably be better off moving up to at least something like a 3060 Ti. That is, if graphics card prices were not going to be terrible for a while. As it is, it's probably best to just hold out for the time being.
I say the 3060 performance in games will be only slightly above 2060S unless you enable rtx.
I also say if you can get 2060S considerably cheaper than 3060 then it's a better deal