[FPS Benchmarks] Red Dead Redemption 2 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W) – the bigger GPU is a lot faster

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Rockstar Games title. We saw the PC release in 2019 and just like GTA V, this game is super successful.  The gameplay formula isn’t that different if you compare it directly to GTA V – a big open world full of NPCs and missions, side quest, etc. The difference is that the game is set in 1889 which means that you can ride horses instead of cars.

The RAGE engine is definitely updated and the game looks very good but this title is more demanding than GTA V when it comes to system requirements.

So, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W) are in front of us – let’s see how fast are these two Ampere video cards.


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)

Red Dead Redemption 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]143 fps (35%)92 fps (+28%)54 fps (+26%)24 fps (+26%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]106 fps72 fps43 fps19 fps


The GeForce RTX 3060 [130W] won by a hefty margin – 29% on average. This is a really big performance difference so we can call that a flawless victory for the bigger GPU. Nevertheless, the MAX preset is a big challenge for both video cards and it seems that High quality is the way to go no matter the graphics card (in this comparison).

This leads us to the fact that the smaller GPU can show 43 FPS on High which is okay if you aren’t too pretentious.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]

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