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RTX 3060 Vs RTX 3070: We Benchmarked Both

We take a look at the ultimate Nvidia RTX 3070 vs RTX 3060 Comparison, looking at specs, gaming benchmarks, and value In 2024.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

Rated: 8/10

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

Rated: 8.5/10


Pros And Cons

Graphics CardProsCons
RTX 3060โœ… Lower price tag
โœ… Low power consumption
โŒNarrower bus width
โŒWorse performance
RTX 3070โœ… Noticeably better performance
โœ…Good price-to-performance ratio
โŒHigher power draw
โŒHigher price

Key Takeaways
  • The RTX 3070 was around 37% faster in our gaming tests than the RTX 3060, giving it ample headroom to match the more demanding games that come out year after year.
  • We noticed a 34% lower power consumption with the RTX 3060 than the 3070 in our gaming tests, which allows you to save money on your power bill with this card.
  • The price of the RTX 3060 is around $90 lower than the RTX 3070, a rather large difference at these low prices.
  • If you have a tight budget and you want to target 1080p gaming, we would recommend going for the RTX 3060. However, if your budget allows for the RTX 3070, you play games at high framerates for a few years to come.

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Comparison Table

NameNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
ArchitectureAmpereAmpere
CUDA Cores35845888
Memory Clock15 Gbps14 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth360 GB/s448 GB/s
RT Cores2846
Tensor Cores112184
Power Connector1 x 8 pin1 x 12 pin
Launch YearFebruary 25, 2021October 29, 2020
MSRP$329$499
Best VariantsBest RTX 3060 Ti Graphics CardsBest RTX 3070 Graphics Cards

Architectural Differences

  1. Clock Speed: The RTX 3060 has a base clock of 1320MHz, slightly lower than the 1500MHz base of the RTX 3070. The boost clock has a smaller difference, going from 1777MHz on the 3060 to 1750MHz on the 3070.
  2. VRAM: The 3060 surprisingly has a higher VRAM buffer of 12GB instead of the 8GB video memory of the 8GB.
  3. Bus Width: The RTX 3060 has a 192-bit bus, which is substantially narrower than the 256-bit bus of the 3070.
  4. Process Size: Both the RTX 3070 and the 3060 use 8nm processing nodes from Samsung.
  5. TDPThe RTX 3060 is rated for a TDP of 170 watts, 50 watts lower than the RTX 3070’s rated 220-watt TDP.

Even with all the new and shiny GPUs on the market, there is almost no competition in the low-end GPU market. Most consumers flirt with the concept of buying older GPUs at times like these, which is why we have compared the RTX 3060 vs RTX 3070 toe-to-toe to help you in your purchasing decision.


Gaming Benchmarks – 1080p

We rigorously tested the RTX 3060 vs RTX 3070 on our controlled test bench at 1080p, ensuring fairness to their respective markets. For our review of the RTX 3070 used in the test, please refer to our article on the subject.

Benchmarks Rig

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 3070 had a 24% advantage in our test of this game, with an average framerate of 112 FPS against the 3060’s average of 90 FPS.
  • 1% lows shared a 20% difference, with the RTX 3070 hovering around 89 FPS while the 3060 stayed closer to 74 FPS.

Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

Kena Bridge Of Spirits
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • This game saw a 53% difference in performance, with the RTX 3070 getting an average framerate of 118 FPS, while the RTX 3060 had an average of around 77 FPS.
  • We saw a 36% advantage for the 3070 in the 1% lows, with the card hovering around 94 FPS instead of the 69 FPS of the 3060.

F1 2021

F1 2021
F1 2021 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • We saw a 42% victory in our test of F1 2021, with the RTX 3070 getting an average framerate of 135 FPS while the 3060 had an average of 95 FPS. This game was tested with RT on medium.
  • The 1% lows were separated by 24% in our testing, with the 3070 hovering close to 83 FPS, while the 3060 had lows closer to 67 FPS.

New World

New World
New World @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Like all the games before this, the RTX 3070 was around 45% ahead with an average framerate of 156 FPS, while the RTX 3060 hovered closer to 109 FPS.
  • The 1% lows were around 95 FPS on the RTX 3070, whereas the 3060 had lows closer to 81 FPS.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 3070 enjoyed a 53% advantage in our test of Cyberpunk 2077, with an average framerate of 80 FPS against the 3060’s average of 52 FPS.
  • Both cards stood 62% apart in terms of 1% lows, with the RTX 3070 getting minimums of around 68 FPS, while the 3060 had lows of 42 FPS.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The difference between the two cards mellowed out in MS Flight Sim 2020, with the RTX 3070 getting an average framerate of 74 FPS, only 16% higher than the 64 FPS of the 3060.
  • The 1% lows of this game marked the first victory for the RTX 3060, with its 51 FPS lows being around 8.5% higher than the 47 FPS lows of the RTX 3070.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Watch Dogs Legion had an average framerate of 80 FPS on the RTX 3070, which was 33% higher than the RTX 3060’s average framerate of 60 FPS.
  • The 1% lows of the RTX 3060 dipped to around 44 FPS, whereas the RTX 3070 was 43% faster with lows of around 63 FPS.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • There was a 33% difference in the performance of both cards in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with the RTX 3070 getting an average framerate of 96 FPS, while the RTX 3060 had an average framerate of 72 FPS.
  • The difference grew to 48% in the 1% lows, with the RTX 3070 hovering around 74 FPS, while the RTX 3060 shot down to 50 FPS for its lows.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The average framerate of the RTX 3070 was at an advantage of 34% at 95 FPS against the 71 FPS average of the RTX 3060.
  • The last game of our testing showed a difference of 30% in the lows of the two cards, with the RTX 3070 getting an average framerate of 85 FPS, while the RTX 3060 had an average of 65 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedRTX 3070 RTX 3060
Average FPS105 ๐Ÿ“ˆ77 ๐Ÿ“ˆ
%1 lows78 ๐Ÿ“‰60 ๐Ÿ“‰
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 3070

There was a 37% difference between the averages of these two cards, with the RTX 3070 being in the win. There is no doubt that the RTX 3070 is overkill for rasterized 1080p gaming, even in 2024. The RTX 3060 still managed to be adequate, giving an enjoyable gameplay experience.


Power Consumption

GameRTX 3070 (W)RTX 3060 (W)
Far Cry 6210151
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits219168
F1 2021219170
New World220169
Cyberpunk 2077212154
MS Flight Sim 2020213167
Watch Dogs Legion220155
Assassin's Creed Valhalla196142
Red Dead Redemption 2219166
Average Power Consumption214160
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 3060

As was expected, the RTX 3060 consumed around 34% less power than the RTX 3070, roughly matching up with its decrement in performance. The lower power consumption of the RTX 3060 can allow you to get away with a less robust power supply, concurring even more savings.


Price And Availability

Graphics CardLaunch MSRPCurrent Price (Used)
RTX 3060๐Ÿ’ฒ329๐Ÿ’ฒ240
RTX 3070๐Ÿ’ฒ499๐Ÿ’ฒ330
Difference51%37.5%

Both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 have become substantially cheaper since launch, though the RTX 3070 is still quite a bit more expensive than the RTX 3060. Regardless, both cards have an entry-level price in today’s market.


What We Recommend

RTX 3060: Being a cheaper card, the RTX 3060 falls as the default choice for most budget gamers looking for a new GPU. It gives adequate performance of modern games at 1080p and nothing more. Technologies like DLSS can push its performance to the 1440p bracket, which makes it a versatile card.

RTX 3070: The RTX 3070 has almost the same value proposition as the RTX 3060, just coming in at a higher price. If your budget allows for it, we would recommend purchasing this card over the RTX 3060 because of its better gaming headroom.

To conclude, the decision between these cards falls on your budget as both contenders give you almost equal performance per dollar you spend. If your target is 1080p, get the RTX 3060, whereas if you want to go beyond, the RTX 3070 is a great choice.


FAQs

Do the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 use different GPU dies?

Yes, the RTX 3060 uses a GA106 die whereas the RTX 3070 uses a GA104 die.

How many more CUDA cores does the RTX 3070 have over the 3060?

The RTX 3070 has around 64% more CUDA cores than the RTX 3060, accompanied by a proportional upgrade to the RT and Tensor cores.

What PSUs does Nvidia suggest with these GPUs?

The RTX 3060 has a suggested PSU power of 450 watts, whereas the RTX 3070 has a suggested PSU power of 550 watts.


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