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 3060 Gaming X Trio gained 183 points over the XC Black which helped inch it closer to the RTX 2080 Ti and away from all of the RX 5700 XT’s.
In Basemark I test with the DirectX12 setting and again with OpenGL. The RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio gained 91 points in DirectX 12 and 39 in OpenGL. A small gain and not enough to make any big changes in the overall hierarchy.
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 Gaming X Trio knocked one second off of the CUDA time which isn’t significant but is still faster than the overclocked RX 5700 XT’s. In the second test where I compare CUDA and RTX exclusive Optix performance, it was 2 seconds faster.