Now some people don’t need a video card for gaming, they need the processing power for rendering or 2D/3D production, or in some cases people who game also do work on the side. So it is also important to check out the compute performance on all of the video cards that come in. That includes doing a few different tests. My first test was a simple GPU Compute benchmark using Passmark’s Performance Test 9 and the RTX didn’t do bad. It came in significantly ahead of the RX 5700 XT’s and was even ahead of the RTX 2080 SUPER.
In Basemark I test with the DirectX12 setting and again with OpenGL. The RTX 3060 is again way ahead of the 5700 XT and was just a touch ahead of the overclocked RTX 2060 SUPER. There is a gap between it and the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2070 which were the next cards up.
Blender is always my favorite compute benchmark because the open-source 3D rendering software is very popular and it isn’t a synthetic benchmark. Here I render two scenes and combine the total time it takes. The RTX 3060 XC Black came in with a faster time than all of the RX 5700 XT’s once again and was sitting behind the Radeon VII and then the RTX 2070 SUPER. In my second test, I compared CUDA performance in Blender against the RTX specific Optix which always gives a big performance jump. The 3060 performed the same two renders in less than half the time as with CUDA.