Synthetic Benchmarks

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 Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle has the same reference clock speed as the EVGA 3060 that I previously took a look at but drives have also been updated so we can see how they compare.

The first round of tests was done in the older Fire Strike benchmark which is a DX11 test. There are three detail levels, performance, extreme, and ultra. The 3060 Eagle did better than I would have expected obviously due to the newer driver, coming in a little ahead of the overclocked RTX 3060 in all three tests.

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The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. In the normal Time Spy test the 3060 Eagle was a touch faster than the EVGA and behind the overclocked MSI card but it is interesting to see right in the middle of the chart just how close everything is with the 2060 SUPER, 3060, Radeon, VII, 5700 XT and the 2070 all grouped up. The Time Spy Extreme test had a similar grouping and this time the EVGA and the 3060 Eagle were even closer together.

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In 3DMark’s Port Royal I can take a look at ray tracing performance, especially now that AMD is also supported. The 3060 Eagle did well here, coming in ahead of the other 3060’s including the overclocked card as well as being a little above the overclocked 2060 SUPER as well.

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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 3060 Eagle was a little faster than the EVGA but behind the overclocked MSI here which was enough to edge out a little faster than the overclocked RX 5700 XT.

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