Now we finally get into the in game performance and that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our new benchmark suite that tests 9 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). Most of the games tested have been run at the highest detail setting and a mid-range detail setting to get a look at how turning things up hurts performance and to give an idea of if turning detail down from max will be beneficial for frame rates. In total, each video card is tested 48 times and that makes for a huge mess of results when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier to read result. I have one for each of the three resolutions and each is broken up into four FPS ranges. Under 30 FPS is considered unplayable, over 30 is playable but not ideal, over 60 is the sweet spot, and then over 120 FPS is for high refresh rate monitors.
So how did the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle 12G do in actual games? Well at 1080p everything I tested came in at 60 FPS or higher and with 7 over 120 FPS and 9 in the 60-119 range. This is a touch lower than the other two RTX 3060’s because Far Cry at the ultra setting came in just a hair below 120. At 1440p the 3060 Eagle did well with 11 out of 15 results being over 60 FPS and 4 that were playable but in the 30-59 FPS range. Then at 4K, the 3060 Eagle had just one result over 60 FPS, a majority at 13 in the 30-59 FPS range, and 2 that were unplayable. The 1440p and 4K results were both the same as I saw with the overclocked and other factory clocked RTX 3060’s so nothing different there.
Of course, I have all of the actual in game results as well for anyone who wants to sort through the wall of graphs below. The first game I took a look at was Watch Dogs: Legion and it shows that running the newer driver does give a performance boost to the otherwise stock clocked 3060 Eagle putting it right with the overclocked Trio and at 1080p on the ultra setting it even gained an FPS on it. The three 3060’s are still very close together in performance. With most of the other games you can see a clear tier with the Eagle being faster than the EVGA but behind the overclocked Trio. That means that the Eagle, like the other 3060’s sticks mostly around where the RTX 2060 SUPER is in performance.