NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 breezes past the GeForce RTX 2060 and the GeForce RTX 2070 in early Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks
The launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 is but two days away, and is the first time that we will see of what NVIDIA's GA106 GPU is capable. Until now, NVIDIA has released desktop RTX 30 series graphics cards using its GA102 and GA104 GPUs, although there have been rumours about the company has developed the GA103 and GA107. It is unclear if either of these will ever make it to market, though.
According to early Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks, the GA106 and RTX 3060 appears to markedly better performance than the TU106-based RTX 2060 and RTX 2070. Presumably, the same would be the case for the RTX 2060 SUPER, but this has not been benchmarked with the Intel Core i7-8700K on the AoTS database. AoTS is a CPU-heavy game, so any comparisons we could draw between the RTX 3060 and the RTX 2060 SUPER would also include CPU performance as a variable.
So far, the RTX 3060 has averaged 6,700 points in the AoTS Crazy_1080p benchmark and 69 FPS. According to data collated by Videocardz, this puts the RTX 3060 19% ahead of the RTX 2060 and 9% beyond the RTX 2070. Additionally, these scores put the RTX 3060 approximately 17% down on the RTX 3060 Ti, which has 1,280 more CUDA cores, the more powerful GA104 GPU and 4 GB less VRAM.
Ultimately, we would recommend reserving judgement about the RTX 3060 until more gaming benchmarks arrive. Nonetheless, these early results point to the RTX 3060 being comparable to the RTX 2070 SUPER. Theoretically, this means that gamers will soon be able to benefit from performance for which NVIDIA previously charged US$499, but now for US$329. Unfortunately, ongoing GPU shortages will probably mean that the RTX 3060 sells out quickly before appearing on websites like eBay at vastly inflated prices.