[FPS Benchmarks] Apex Legends on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3060 (130W) – RTX 3080 is 35% faster on Max details

Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royale games ever. It uses Valve’s Source engine and it definitely looks good. Aside from that, the gameplay is interesting (like many other decent games from the same genre), and it’s a free-to-play game so you don’t have to buy it. Maybe that’s one of the main reasons for the popularity of this title.

The game isn’t heavy but it’s not that light like some other Source-based titles like CS:GO. For more than 144 FPS on Max details, a decent mid-range gaming machine is a must. That’s why for this comparison we’re going to inspect the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3060 (130W).

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GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA106
Shader units 6144 (+60%) 3840
ROPs 96 (+100%) 48
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 1387 (+17%)
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 1702 (+6%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192 (+33%) 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 (+33%) 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
Detailed specs Link Link


Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Apex Legends Full HD, Min. (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] 300 fps 299 fps (+15%) 248 fps (+35%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [130W] 299 fps 260 fps 184 fps


So, everything is clear like day and night – on Low both GPUs are showing almost equal results but when you crank up the details, the bigger GPU has the upper hand. On Medium, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) is 15% faster and on Max details, the bigger sibling is 35% faster and that is a lot. Still, if you don’t mind 184 FPS on Max details, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) can offer you great performance when it comes to Apex Legends.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]

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