[FPS Benchmarks] Borderlands 3 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W) – the 95W GPU is 16% faster


Just like the previous titles of the series, Borderlands 3 has a unique look and its gameplay experience is a breath of fresh air because it’s full of humor and interesting stories. Borderlands 3 has some RPG elements – the character and the weapons that can be leveled up.

When it comes to system requirements, Borderlands 3 sits somewhere in the middle – not the lightest game, but it’s not heavy as Metro Exodus or Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. Still, the Badass preset isn’t that light and a good mid-range GPU is a must if you want to see FPS around the 60 FPS mark.

For this article, we’ll compare two mid-range video cards – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Borderlands 3 list.

GeForce RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3060 [95W] GeForce RTX 3060 [65W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA106 GA106
Shader units 3840 3840
ROPs 48 48
Base Clock (MHz) 900 (+10%) 817
Boost clock (MHz) 1425 (+11%) 1282
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 (+17%) 1500
Memory size (MB) 6144 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 192 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 95W (+46%) 65W
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
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)

Borderlands 3 Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [95W] 129 fps (+17%) 113 fps (+15%) 85 fps (+15%) 66 fps (+16%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] 110 fps 98 fps 74 fps 57 fps


Of course, the bigger GPU is the winner. It offers 16% better performance compared to the 65W rival. In reality, (perhaps) this leads to a bit smoother gameplay experience. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (65W) isn’t slow by any means – it can show 57 FPS on Badass preset and 74 FPS on High which is probably enough for most gamers.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [95W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [65W]

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