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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 6900 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory runs at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 3584 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, which features GPU clock speed of 1825 MHz, and 16384 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 5120 SPUs, 320 Texture Address Units, and 128 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon RX 6900 XT 300 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6900 XT should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 524288 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 155648 (42%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6900 XT is a lot (approximately 295%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 584000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 436160 (295%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6900 XT is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 233600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 170240 (269%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3060 Radeon RX 6900 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 2020
Code Name GA106 Navi 21
Memory (Unknown) MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1825 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 584000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 233600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 5120
Texture Mapping Units 112 320
Render Output Units 48 128
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 13250 million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Radeon RX 6900 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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