[FPS Benchmarks] Need For Speed Heat on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (65W) and RTX 3050 (55W) – both are closer than you think

Need For Speed Heat offers a lot of things that the fans of the series like. The game has nice visuals, a good soundtrack, a good amount of cars, and tons of visual and performance upgrades. The game has both single-player and multiplayer modes and as always, there are police pursuits as well.

This game isn’t the lightest one out there but it’s not as heavy as Metro Exodus. If you don’t mind lowered visuals, you can play this game with a low-end GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6, 25W) on High with 40 FPS which is a decent result for such a video card. For our article, we’ll compare two RTX graphics cards – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (65W) and RTX 3050 (55W).

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


GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 variants

  GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] GeForce RTX 3050 [55W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA106 GA107
Shader units 3840 (+88%) 2048
ROPs 48 (+50%) 32
Base Clock (MHz) 817 (+15%) 712
Boost clock (MHz) 1282 (+21%) 1057
Memory clock (MHz) 1500 (+9%) 1375
Memory size (MB) 6144 (+72%) 4096
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 192 (+50%) 128
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 65W (+18%) 55W
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 05.2021 05.2021
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)

Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] 81 fps 72 fps 66 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3050 [55W] 91 fps (+12%) 72 fps 64 fps


Well, if we have to be honest, the end results are a bit unexpected. On Low, the GeForce RTX 3050 [55W] has the upper hand while on High, both GPUs are showing equal results. On Ultra, the GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] is just 3% faster. So, yes, at least when it comes to Need For Speed Heat, these two GPUs are very close in terms of FPS on High and Ultra settings.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 [55W]

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