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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 6700 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1320 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 1875 MHz on this card. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which has a core clock speed of 2321 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon RX 6700 XT 230 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 6700 XT should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 393216 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 24576 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT should be quite a bit (more or less 151%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 371360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 223520 (151%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT will be much (approximately 134%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3060, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 148544 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 85184 (134%)

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 3060 Radeon RX 6700 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 March 2021
Code Name GA106 Navi 22
Memory (Unknown) MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 2321 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 230 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 393216 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 371360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 148544 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2560
Texture Mapping Units 112 160
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 13250 million 17200 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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