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. In this case, I want to check out how the MSI with its 1852 MHz clock speed compares with the stock clocked EVGA that I already took a look at which runs at 1777 MHz.
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 Gaming X Trio came in at 20717 in Fire Strike performance compared to the XC Blacked 20577 which isn’t a huge gap but was enough to overtake the RX 5600 XT.
The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. Nvidia's card handle Time Syp a lot better than the DX11 based Fire Strike which can be seen with the RTX 3060 competing with the RX 5700 XT where it was running with the 5600 XT at DX11. The higher clock speed helped gain 190 points in Time Spy which helped surpass the fastest RTX 2060 SUPER a well as the Radeon VII.
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 Gaming X Trio out performed the overclocked 5700 XT’s but the medium detail results came in lower.