[FPS Benchmarks] Need For Speed Heat on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W) – just a 4% performance gap

Need For Speed Heat is one of the successful games that belong to the popular franchise. The gameplay follows the well-known formula – a lot of cars that can be bought with in-game money or you can win them in races. In addition, there are also fast-paced races, some storyline (actually this isn’t a needed thing in a game like this one), cops pursuits, and everything is complemented by decent graphics.

Actually, the game isn’t too heavy and that’s why for today’s comparison we have picked the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W). These and two new mid-rangers so let’s see their performance.

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Need For Speed Heat list.


GeForce RTX 3060 variants

 GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]
GPU chipGA106GA106
Shader units38403840
Base Clock (MHz)1387 (+70%)817
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1702 (+33%)1282
Memory clock (MHz)1750 (+19%)1468
Memory size (MB)61446144
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)192192
TGP (Total Graphics Power)130W (+73%)75W
DirectX version12.112.1
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink


Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Need For Speed HeatFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]115 fps (+3%)101 fps (+3%)92 fps (+6%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]112 fps98 fps87 fps


Now, that was a bit of a surprise. The performance difference between these two GPUs is negligible, at least when it comes to Need For Speed Heat. Sure, in a lot of other cases (ergo, games) the 130W GPU is faster but in this game, the 130W version and the 75W variant are very close in terms of performance.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]

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