[FPS Benchmarks] Red Dead Redemption 2 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W) – the 95W GPU is 18% faster

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Rockstar Games blockbuster that debuted on PC at the end of 2019. It seems that the PC version has a good optimization because even a GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6 / 25W) can achieve 41 FPS on Low settings.

The game is set in the Wild West (1889) and yes, you can ride horses – no cars here. Just like in GTA V, you have one huge world for exploration that is full of main story missions and a lot of side quests. Visually, the game looks very good. Unfortunately, if you want to see it maxed out, a powerful machine is a must.

For this comparison, we have prepared two fast mid-rangers – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Red Dead Redemption 2 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)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [95W] 111 fps (+22%) 77 fps (+18%) 45 fps (+15%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] 91 fps 65 fps 39 fps


So, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) is 18% faster on average compared to RTX 3060 (65W). The difference isn’t that small and this can be easily spotted in heavy fights with a lot of shooting – in this scenario, the 95W clearly has the upper hand. However, the sweet spot for both GPUs is the Medium preset where the two rivals can show more than 60 FPS while the visual quality is still acceptable.

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

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

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