[FPS Benchmarks] Borderlands 3 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (95W) and RTX 3060 (140W) – RTX 3060 isn’t too far behind


Borderlands 3 is somehow a breath of fresh air in terms of gameplay compared to the other shooters on the market. The title combines unique-looking graphics alongside implemented RPG elements, tons of weapons, and a lot of humor. The single-player campaign is really long and there are some DLCs that add even more content.

The game looks good and it’s not the lightest title when it comes to system reuìrement especially if you want to max out the visuals. Still, if you don’t need 144 FPS or even more, a modest GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [Laptop, 65W] can deliver more than 60 fps on Badass quality. For today’s article, we’ll compare two fast Ampere video cards – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (95W) and RTX 3060 (140W).

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

GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [95W] GeForce RTX 3060 [140W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA106
Shader units 6144 (+60%) 3840
ROPs 96 (+100%) 48
Base Clock (MHz) 780 1387 (+78%)
Boost clock (MHz) 1245 1702 (+37%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1500 1750 (+17%)
Memory size (MB) 8192 (+33%) 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 (+33%) 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 95 140W (+47%)
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2022
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 3080 [95W] 151 fps (+19%) 131 fps (+12%) 101 fps (+7%) 81 fps (+5%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [140W] 127 fps 117 fps 94 fps 77 fps


If you look at the table with the result above, you’ll notice that when the quality is visual quality is increased, the difference in FPS between the two GPUs is getting smaller and smaller. This is due to the bigger TGP of the GeForce RTX 3060 (140W) which leads to higher frequencies under load compared to the GeForce RTX 3080 (95W). Still, the bigger GPU is a good choice if you need a thinner high-end gaming device.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [95W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [140W]

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