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GeForce RTX 2060 vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 features clock speeds of 1365 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce RTX 3060, which comes with clock speeds of 1320 MHz on the GPU, and 1875 MHz on the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 3584 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 2060 160 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3060 should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce RTX 2060 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 2060 344064 MB/sec
Difference: 24576 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 will be a bit (approximately 11%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 163800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15960 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2060 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 65520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2160 (3%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce RTX 3060
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2019 February 2021
Code Name TU106-200A-KA-A1 GA106
Memory 6144 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1365 MHz 1320 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 1875 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 344064 MB/sec 368640 MB/sec
Texel Rate 163800 Mtexels/sec 147840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 65520 Mpixels/sec 63360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 3584
Texture Mapping Units 120 112
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 8 nm
Transistors 10800 million 13250 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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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