As always I like to start my testing with a few synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark especially is one of my favorites because it is very optimized in both Nvidia and AMD drivers. It's nice to not have to worry about it being favored too much either way and the repeatability of the results makes it a nice chance to compare from card to card, especially when comparing with the same GPU.
The first round of tests were done in the older Fire Strike benchmark which is a DX11 test. There are three detail levels, performance, extreme, and ultra. The RTX 3060 XC Black came in nearly tied with the RX 5600 XT from AMD and just behind the RTX 2060 SUPER. The performance jump here from the original RTX 2060 wasn’t huge at around 7%.
The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. The RTX 3060 XC Black jumped way out ahead of the RX 5600 XT here, outperforming even all of the RX 5700’s by a big margin and coming in basically on par with the RTX 2060 SUPER as well as the fastest overclocked original RTX 2060.
The last test was using the Unigine based Superposition benchmark and I tested at 1080p with medium detail and again at 1080p with the extreme detail setting. In the extreme detail setting the RTX 3060 was once again almost spot on with the RTX 2060 SUPER. This also puts it in right with the RX 5700 XT as well. The 1080p medium performance was lower and closer to the original RTX 2060 however.