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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 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 3090

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is high-end desktop graphics card based on the Ampere generation. It uses the big GA102 chip and offers 10,496 shaders and 24 GB GDDR6X graphics memory. Compared to the slower RTX 3080, the 3090 offers 10 - 20% higher gaming performance, but only above 4k. Still it has not enough power for 8k gaming at maximum detail settings. The RTX3090 is rated at 350 Watt but the power efficiency is still quite good.

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 3090NVIDIA 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 GA106Ampere GA102GN20-E3 GA106
ArchitectureAmpereAmpereAmpere
Pipelines3840 - unified10496 - unified3840 - unified
Core Speed1283 (Boost) MHz1400 - 1700 (Boost) MHz817 - 1702 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit384 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6XGDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory6 GB24 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 Watt350 Watt115 Watt (60 - 115 Watt TGP)
technology8 nm8 nm8 nm
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement04.01.2021 24.09.2020 04.01.2021
Memory Speed19500 MHz14000 effective = 1750 MHz
Transistors28 Billion
TMUs120
ROPs48
Raytracing Cores30
Tensor / AI Cores120
Memory Bandwidth336 GB/s
PCIe4.0
DisplaysHDMI 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 Boost

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
72.3 pt (79%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
32.4 pt (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 17278     avg: 17730     median: 17638.5 (92%)     max: 18363 Points
min: 6473     avg: 8087     median: 8264 (43%)     max: 9677 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 18685     avg: 19216     median: 19217 (89%)     max: 19744 Points
min: 6285     avg: 7969     median: 8068.5 (37%)     max: 9235 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 496020     avg: 499900     median: 499900 (67%)     max: 503780 Points
min: 116696     avg: 339251     median: 360476 (48%)     max: 519354 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 335116     avg: 350224     median: 350224 (48%)     max: 365332 Points
304456 Points (42%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 69201     avg: 69476     median: 69476 (85%)     max: 69751 Points
min: 28859     avg: 44707     median: 44523 (54%)     max: 58475 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 193522     avg: 195106     median: 195106 (79%)     max: 196689 Points
min: 33126     avg: 101418     median: 109734 (45%)     max: 136275 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 30247     avg: 32277     median: 32578 (81%)     max: 33306 Points
min: 15062     avg: 18243     median: 18451 (46%)     max: 21179 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 41298     avg: 44409     median: 43404 (82%)     max: 48661 Points
min: 16354     avg: 20191     median: 20346.5 (38%)     max: 23109 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 333592     avg: 357294     median: 357294 (48%)     max: 380996 Points
min: 124176     avg: 199105     median: 140124 (19%)     max: 333015 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 52438     avg: 56453     median: 56453 (68%)     max: 60468 Points
44997 Points (54%)
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
min: 110015     avg: 115899     median: 115899 (64%)     max: 121783 Points
86045 Points (48%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 37897     avg: 39794     median: 38681.5 (78%)     max: 43914 Points
min: 14164     avg: 22555     median: 22357.5 (45%)     max: 28541 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 55144     avg: 58268     median: 57693.5 (83%)     max: 62542 Points
min: 13799     avg: 26180     median: 26722 (38%)     max: 30772 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
min: 95374     avg: 95482     median: 95482 (79%)     max: 95590 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
min: 102875     avg: 103553     median: 103553 (80%)     max: 104231 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 50489     avg: 53478     median: 53478 (75%)     max: 56467 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
3DMark 06
min: 41778     avg: 42808     median: 42808 (65%)     max: 43838 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
min: 37418     avg: 41961     median: 41960.5 (63%)     max: 46503 Points
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
min: 184.2     avg: 190.9     median: 192.4 (84%)     max: 196 fps
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
min: 71.4     avg: 73.6     median: 72.3 (31%)     max: 77.1 fps
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
min: 13.03     avg: 14.3     median: 14.8 (4%)     max: 14.91 fps
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
min: 236     avg: 237.3     median: 237 (89%)     max: 239 fps
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
min: 42.91     avg: 57     median: 47.2 (29%)     max: 80.9 fps
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
min: 170     avg: 181.3     median: 184 (65%)     max: 190 fps
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
min: 20.41     avg: 21.9     median: 20.6 (52%)     max: 24.81 fps
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
min: 69.4     avg: 73.2     median: 74.8 (40%)     max: 75.4 fps
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
min: 127     avg: 131     median: 132 (45%)     max: 134 fps
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05
min: 320     avg: 323.7     median: 322 (87%)     max: 329 fps
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 sw-04
min: 82.9     avg: 95.4     median: 95.3 (44%)     max: 108 fps
specvp13 snx-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 snx-03
min: 15.6     avg: 22.1     median: 23.6 (4%)     max: 27.03 fps
specvp13 showcase-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 showcase-02
min: 114     avg: 197.3     median: 237 (89%)     max: 241 fps
specvp13 medical-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 medical-02
min: 49.3     avg: 85.4     median: 102 (55%)     max: 105 fps
specvp13 maya-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 maya-05
min: 253     avg: 385     median: 433 (76%)     max: 469 fps
specvp13 energy-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 energy-02
min: 26.6     avg: 38.7     median: 44.4 (34%)     max: 45.21 fps
specvp13 creo-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 creo-02
min: 176     avg: 273.3     median: 316 (81%)     max: 328 fps
specvp13 catia-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 catia-05
min: 111     avg: 173.3     median: 203 (43%)     max: 206 fps
specvp13 3dsmax-06 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 3dsmax-06
min: 180     avg: 270.3     median: 298 (80%)     max: 333 fps
SPECviewperf 2020 specvp2020 solidworks-05 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 solidworks-05 4k
min: 93.1     avg: 136.6     median: 136.6 (41%)     max: 180 fps
specvp2020 snx-04 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 snx-04 4k
min: 13.2     avg: 17.9     median: 17.9 (4%)     max: 22.6 fps
specvp2020 medical-03 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 medical-03 4k
min: 9.95     avg: 15.6     median: 15.6 (30%)     max: 21.19 fps
specvp2020 maya-06 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 maya-06 4k
min: 181     avg: 255.5     median: 255.5 (57%)     max: 330 fps
specvp2020 energy-03 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 energy-03 4k
min: 22.3     avg: 41.7     median: 41.7 (30%)     max: 61.1 fps
specvp2020 creo-03 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 creo-03 4k
min: 68.1     avg: 76.6     median: 76.6 (47%)     max: 85.1 fps
specvp2020 catia-06 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 catia-06 4k
min: 32.3     avg: 44.5     median: 44.5 (36%)     max: 56.6 fps
specvp2020 3dsmax-07 4k + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
SPECviewperf 2020 - specvp2020 3dsmax-07 4k
min: 70.2     avg: 102.6     median: 102.6 (61%)     max: 135 fps
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 4955     avg: 9518     median: 9518 (40%)     max: 14081 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 77     avg: 108.5     median: 108.5 (40%)     max: 140 fps
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
210 fps (57%)
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 3090
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
99.6 % (100%)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
99.6 % (100%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 5727     avg: 5775     median: 5790 (26%)     max: 5808 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 14590     avg: 14667     median: 14670 (26%)     max: 14740 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 44948     avg: 45838     median: 46018 (88%)     max: 46547 Points
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 502     avg: 527     median: 526.5 (81%)     max: 551 Watt
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: 463.7     avg: 530     median: 530.4 (74%)     max: 597 Watt
min: 107.5     avg: 145.9     median: 143.5 (20%)     max: 191 Watt
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Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 111     avg: 150.3     median: 148.5 (33%)     max: 195 Watt