NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) vs RTX 3060 (130W) – the RTX 3070 is a different class

Sometimes people are hesitating before buying a new gaming device. One of the stumbling stones is always the GPU – in our case that is a higher tier mid-range GPU vs a high-end GPU – ergo, GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) vs RTX 3060 (130W). In this scenario, both GPUs have equal TGPs which is a good starting point for checking the exact performance gap between them.

However, the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) is more thirsty because it’s equipped with more CUDAs, ROPs, and Tensor cores. But it has a wider memory bus and more video RAM so it should be pretty interesting to see the end result of this comparison.

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GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA106
Shader units 5120 (+33%) 3840
ROPs 96 (+100%) 48
Base Clock (MHz) 1215 1387 (+14%)
Boost clock (MHz) 1620 up to 1702 (+5%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192 (+33%) 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 (+33%) 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
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)

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
LOW
MED
VERY HIGH
MAX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W) 243 FPS 190 FPS 106 FPS 75 FPS
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
LOW
ULTRA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W) 314 FPS 251 FPS

Verdict

The GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) is 11% slower on average when compared to the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W). Actually, this sounds like a normal difference but don’t forget the fact that the GeForce RTX 3060 has a narrower memory bus and a smaller amount of video memory so the bigger GPU is more future proof. Of course, everything comes down to your budget – if you can afford the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) it’ll be a good choice because it’s a good piece of hardware and you can play all new games on higher settings.

However, the GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) isn’t slow at all and it performs exceptionally well for a mid-range GPU and it’ll save you some money as well.

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

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

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