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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q (for laptops, GN20-E3, Max-Q) is the former name for a RTX 3060 Laptop GPU with Max-Q technologies. In previous generations, the Max-Q name was used for low power versions. With the RTX 3000 series, every TGP-version can now use Max-Q technologies and all GPUs are called RTX 3060 Laptop GPU (60 - 115W).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU (mobile, NVIDIA_DEV.2583, GN20-P0) is the slowest RTX 3000 mobile card and based on the GA107 Ampere chip. It offers 2048 CUDA, 16 Ray Tracing and 64 Tensor cores. The memory bus is limited to 128 Bit and supports 4 GB of GDDR6 dedicated graphics memory.The clock speed depends on the TGP variant and can range from 713 - 1530 (base) and 1058 - 1740 (boost) for the TGP variants of 35 to 80 Watt (see table below).

Preliminary clock rates
TGP (Power Consumption)35 W40 W45 W50 W60 W70 W80 W
Base Clock Speed (MHz)71393810651178123814031530
Boost Clock Speed (MHz)1058122313431455150016351740

The performance should be between the old GTX 1650 Ti and the 1660 Ti Max-Q depending on the used TGP variant. Therefore, it is best suited for full HD gaming (1920 x 1080) with high detail settings in demanding games. The performance is not sufficient to enable Raytracing in most games, but the Tensor cores can be used for DLSS in some games (and get performance boost with slight quality reduction). Beware, that the low TGP variants will offer a significantly lower performance.

The faster RTX 3050 Ti offers 25% more cores at similar clock speeds and TGP settings. 

The GA107 chip offers 3,072 FP32 ALUs of which half can also execute INT32 instructions (i.e. 1,536 INT32 ALUs). The RTX 3050 however maybe won't use all ALUs on the chip. With Turing all shaders could still execute FP32 or INT32 instructions. The raytracing and tensor cores on the chip were also improved according to Nvidia. The Ampere chips also include an improved 5th generation video encoder (NVENC for H.264 and H.265) and a 7th generation decoder (for various formats now including AV1).

The GA107 chip is manufactured by Samsung in 8nm (8N), which is not quite able to keep up with the 7nm node at TSMC (e.g. used by AMD and also for the professional GA100 Ampere chip).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile (for laptops, GN20-E3, Max-P) is the third Ampere graphics card for notebooks in early 2021. It is based on the GA106 Ampere chip and offers 6 GB GDDR6 graphics memory with a 192 Bit memory bus. It supports PCIe 4.0 and will be available in different variants from 60 or 115 Watt (TGP). As package the notebook graphic card uses GB5-256 and the chip size is 40x40mm. The GPU supports eDP 1.4b to connect the internal monitor.

There is no more Max-Q variant (formerly used for the low power variants) but every OEM can choose to implement Max-Q technologies (Dynamic Boost, Whisper Mode).

The performance depends on the TGP setting and cooling of the laptop. On average it should be similar to the older GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile and therefore best suited for QHD gaming (very demanding games). Less demanding games like Star Wars Squadrons should be playable in 4k with maximum detail settings. The similar named RTX 3060 desktop card is significantly faster.

The GA106 chip offers 3,840 FP32 ALUs of which half can also execute INT32 instructions (i.e. 1,920 INT32 ALUs). The mobile RTX 3060 uses all 3,840 cores on the chip. With Turing all shaders could still execute FP32 or INT32 instructions. The raytracing and tensor cores on the chip were also improved according to Nvidia. The Ampere chips also include an improved 5th generation video encoder (NVENC for H.264 and H.265) and a 7th generation decoder (for various formats now including AV1).

The GA106 chip is manufactured by Samsung in 8nm (8N), which is not quite able to keep up with the 7nm node at TSMC (e.g. used by AMD and also for the professional GA100 Ampere chip).

TGP Frequencies
60W = 817-1282 MHz
65W = 975-1357 MHz
70W = 1050-1402 MHz
80W = 900-1425 MHz
85W = 1035-1485 MHz
90W = 1163-1530 MHz
95W = 1215-1567 MHz
100W = 1267-1605 MHz
105W = 1305-1642 MHz
110W = 1342-1680 MHz
115W = 1387-1702 MHz

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-QNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
GeForce RTX 3000 Series
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 10752 @ 1.56 - 1.86 GHz384 Bit @ 21000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 10496 @ 1.4 - 1.7 GHz384 Bit @ 19500 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 10240 @ 1.37 - 1.67 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 8960/ cores @ 1.26 - 1.71 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8704 @ 1.45 - 1.71 GHz320 Bit @ 19000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU 7424 @ 0.98 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 5888 @ 1.5 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 4864 @ 1.41 - 1.67 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 5888 @ 0.92 - 1.48 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 5120 @ 0.78 - 1.29 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 3584 @ 1.32 - 1.78 GHz192 Bit @ 15000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 5120 @ 1.29 GHz256 Bit
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 3840 @ 0.82 - 1.7 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 3840 @ 1.28 GHz192 Bit
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 2560 @ 1.55 - 1.78 GHz128 Bit Bit @ 1750 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU 2560 @ 1.22 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 2048 @ 1.24 - 1.5 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 10752 @ 1.56 - 1.86 GHz384 Bit @ 21000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 10496 @ 1.4 - 1.7 GHz384 Bit @ 19500 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 10240 @ 1.37 - 1.67 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 8960/ cores @ 1.26 - 1.71 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8704 @ 1.45 - 1.71 GHz320 Bit @ 19000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU 7424 @ 0.98 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 5888 @ 1.5 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 4864 @ 1.41 - 1.67 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 5888 @ 0.92 - 1.48 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 5120 @ 0.78 - 1.29 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 3584 @ 1.32 - 1.78 GHz192 Bit @ 15000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 5120 @ 1.29 GHz256 Bit
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 3840 @ 0.82 - 1.7 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 3840 @ 1.28 GHz192 Bit
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 2560 @ 1.55 - 1.78 GHz128 Bit Bit @ 1750 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU 2560 @ 1.22 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 2048 @ 1.24 - 1.5 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 10752 @ 1.56 - 1.86 GHz384 Bit @ 21000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 10496 @ 1.4 - 1.7 GHz384 Bit @ 19500 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 10240 @ 1.37 - 1.67 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 8960/ cores @ 1.26 - 1.71 GHz384 Bit @ 19000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8704 @ 1.45 - 1.71 GHz320 Bit @ 19000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU 7424 @ 0.98 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 5888 @ 1.5 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 4864 @ 1.41 - 1.67 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 5888 @ 0.92 - 1.48 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 5120 @ 0.78 - 1.29 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 3584 @ 1.32 - 1.78 GHz192 Bit @ 15000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 6144 @ 0.78 - 1.25 GHz256 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 5120 @ 1.29 GHz256 Bit
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 3840 @ 0.82 - 1.7 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 3840 @ 1.28 GHz192 Bit
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 2560 @ 1.55 - 1.78 GHz128 Bit Bit @ 1750 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU 2560 @ 1.22 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 2048 @ 1.24 - 1.5 GHz128 Bit @ 12000 MHz
CodenameGN20-E3 GA106GN20-P0GN20-E3 GA106
ArchitectureAmpereAmpereAmpere
Pipelines3840 - unified2048 - unified3840 - unified
Core Speed1283 (Boost) MHz1238 - 1500 (Boost) MHz817 - 1702 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit128 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6GDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory6 GB4 GB6 GB
Shared Memorynonono
APIDirectX 12_2, Shader 7.0, OpenGL 4.6DirectX 12_2, Shader 7.0, OpenGL 4.6DirectX 12_2, Shader 7.0, OpenGL 4.6
Power Consumption60 Watt60 Watt (35 - 80 Watt TGP)115 Watt (60 - 115 Watt TGP)
technology8 nm8 nm8 nm
Notebook Sizelargelargelarge
Date of Announcement04.01.2021 11.05.2021 04.01.2021
TMUs64120
ROPs3248
Raytracing Cores1630
Tensor / AI Cores64120
Memory Speed12000 effective = 1500 MHz14000 effective = 1750 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192 GB/s336 GB/s
PCIe4.04.0
DisplaysHDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a
FeaturesNVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex, Resizable BAR, NVIDIA Broadcast, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA ShadowPlay®, NVIDIA G-SYNC®, Advanced Optimus, Nvidia Max-Q, Dynamic BoostNVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex, Resizable BAR, NVIDIA Broadcast, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA ShadowPlay®, NVIDIA G-SYNC®, Advanced Optimus, Nvidia Max-Q, Dynamic Boost

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
19.3 pt (21%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
32.4 pt (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 3938     avg: 4941     median: 5078 (26%)     max: 5506 Points
min: 6473     avg: 8087     median: 8264 (43%)     max: 9677 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 3725     avg: 4725     median: 4844 (22%)     max: 5266 Points
min: 6285     avg: 7969     median: 8068.5 (37%)     max: 9235 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
474692 Points (63%)
min: 116696     avg: 339251     median: 360476 (48%)     max: 519354 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
304456 Points (42%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 24215     avg: 32974     median: 32553 (40%)     max: 42029 Points
min: 28859     avg: 44707     median: 44523 (54%)     max: 58475 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 47354     avg: 63487     median: 64593 (26%)     max: 87403 Points
min: 33126     avg: 101418     median: 109734 (45%)     max: 136275 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 8947     avg: 11031     median: 11545 (29%)     max: 11981 Points
min: 15062     avg: 18243     median: 18451 (46%)     max: 21179 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 9849     avg: 12360     median: 12736 (24%)     max: 13959 Points
min: 16354     avg: 20191     median: 20346.5 (38%)     max: 23109 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
62055 Points (8%)
min: 124176     avg: 199105     median: 140124 (19%)     max: 333015 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
30196 Points (36%)
44997 Points (54%)
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
43448 Points (24%)
86045 Points (48%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 11832     avg: 15266     median: 15638.5 (32%)     max: 18259 Points
min: 14164     avg: 22555     median: 22357.5 (45%)     max: 28541 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 12233     avg: 16477     median: 17320.5 (25%)     max: 18352 Points
min: 13799     avg: 26180     median: 26722 (38%)     max: 30772 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
43216 Points (36%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
47209 Points (36%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
3DMark 06
min: 36425     avg: 39512     median: 39512 (60%)     max: 42599 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
min: 37418     avg: 41961     median: 41960.5 (63%)     max: 46503 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
11506 Points (49%)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
min: 4955     avg: 9518     median: 9518 (40%)     max: 14081 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
93.2 fps (34%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
min: 77     avg: 108.5     median: 108.5 (40%)     max: 140 fps
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 115     avg: 155.3     median: 148.6 (40%)     max: 217.24 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
min: 99.5     avg: 169.6     median: 173 (47%)     max: 219 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
min: 99.6     avg: 99.6     median: 99.6 (100%)     max: 99.62 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
99.6 % (100%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
143.8 fps (4%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
252.9 fps (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
2038 Samples/s (9%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
4713 Samples/s (8%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
10499 Points (20%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 60.7     avg: 92.4     median: 96.4 (15%)     max: 113 Watt
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min: 94.1     avg: 145.4     median: 147 (23%)     max: 202 Watt
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Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 64.6     avg: 101.5     median: 106 (15%)     max: 136.8 Watt
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min: 107.5     avg: 145.9     median: 143.5 (20%)     max: 191 Watt