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Nvidia 3000 Series VS AMD RX 6000 Series

By 06/17/2022August 25th, 2022No Comments

With the Nvidia 4000 series set to release later this year, gamers are anxiously waiting to see what the next-gen GPUs have to offer. Before we start upgrading our PCs though, let’s take a step back and look at what the current generation graphics cards have to offer.

NVIDIA RTX 3090 vs AMD RX 6900 XT

RTX 3090

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1395 MHz
Boost Clock1695 MHz
Memory Clock1219 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units10496
TMUs328
ROPs112
SM Count82
Tensor Cores328
RT Cores82
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache6 MB

Memory

Memory Size24 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Memory Bus384 bit
Bandwidth936.2 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6900 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1825 MHz
Game Clock2015 MHz
Boost Clock2250 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units5120
TMUs320
ROPs128
Compute Units80
RT Cores80
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache138 KB per Array
L2 Cache4 MB
L3 Cache128 MB

Memory

Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth512.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

While both graphics cards boast high performance, it’s no surprise that the RTX 3090 comes out on top – it’s why the majority of gamers prefer Nvidia over AMD. Compared to the RX 6900, the RTX 3090 has better memory, made faster with its wider memory bus. The RTX 3090 excels when it comes to ray tracing but shows similar performance to the RX 6900 when ray tracing isn’t used. And though the RX 6900 has less than half the stream processors as the RTX 3090 has CUDA cores, the RX 6900 doesn’t necessarily work half as fast. Given all the specs, the RX 6900 is more equivalent to the RTX 3080.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 vs AMD RX 6800 XT

RTX 3080

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1440 MHz
Boost Clock1710 MHz
Memory Clock1188 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units8704
TMUs272
ROPs96
SM Count68
Tensor Cores272
RT Cores68
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache5 MB

Memory

Memory Size10 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Memory Bus320 bit
Bandwidth760.3 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6800 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1700 MHz
Game Clock18 MHz
Boost Clock2105 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units3840
TMUs240
ROPs96
Compute Units60
RT Cores60
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache4 MB
L3 Cache128 MB

Memory

Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth512.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.6

Unlike the RTX 3090 and RX 6900, the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 are more evenly matched. Despite the RX 6800’s greater memory, the RTX 3080’s upgraded GDDR6X plus its wider memory width gives it a greater standard memory bandwidth. The RX 6800 however, uses 10% less memory and generally there’s very little FPS difference between them. Like all Nvidia cards, the RTX 3080 does better with ray tracing, but both cards show similar performance when ray tracing isn’t in use.

NVIDIA RTX 3070 vs AMD RX 6700 XT

RTX 3070

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1725 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units5888
TMUs184
ROPs96
SM Count46
Tensor Cores184
RT Cores46
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache4 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth448.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6700 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock2321 MHz
Game Clock2424 MHz
Boost Clock2581 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units2560
TMUs160
ROPs64
Compute Units40
RT Cores40
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache3 MB
L3 Cache96 MB

Memory

Memory Size12 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus192 bit
Bandwidth384.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

On average, the RTX 3070 is about 20% faster than the RX 6700. Both are tied at 1080p gaming but the RTX 3070 begins to pick up performance, boasting a 3% lead on 1440p gaming and 10% on 4k gaming. Although the RX 6700 is good for 1440p gaming, it can’t handle ray tracing at 1440p, making the RTX 3070 a clear winner between the two.

NVIDIA RTX 3060 vs AMD RX 6600 XT

RTX 3060

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1320 MHz
Boost Clock1777 MHz
Memory Clock1875 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units3584
TMUs112
ROPs48
SM Count28
Tensor Cores112
RT Cores28
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache3 MB

Memory

Memory Size12 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus192 bit
Bandwidth360.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6600 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1626 MHz
Game Clock2044 MHz
Boost Clock2491 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units1792
TMUs112
ROPs64
Compute Units28
RT Cores28
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache2 MB
L3 Cache32 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus128 bit
Bandwidth224.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

The RTX 3060 and RX 6600 are very close in performance – the RX 6600 being about 3% faster in 1080p gaming and the RTX being 2% faster at 1440p gaming. The RTX 3060 offers a 50% larger frame buffer which will allow it to handle future games and textures better, making it the better option of the two for prolonged use.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 vs AMD RX 6050 XT

RTX 3050

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1552 MHz
Boost Clock1777 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units2560
TMUs80
ROPs32
SM Count20
Tensor Cores80
RT Cores20
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache2 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus128 bit
Bandwidth224.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6050 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock2310 MHz
Game Clock2610 MHz
Boost Clock2815 MHz
Memory Clock2248 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units1024
TMUs64
ROPs32
Compute Units16
RT Cores16
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache1024 MB
L3 Cache16 MB

Memory

Memory Size4 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus64 bit
Bandwidth143.9 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.2
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.6


Looking at the specs alone, I’m sure it’s no surprise when I say that the RTX 3050 crushes the RX 6500 when it comes to 1080p gaming. The RX 6500 was originally created for laptops and rather than proving it matches the RTX 3050, it struggles to prove it belongs on the GPU market. And while it does technically have ray tracing, good luck getting any games to run smoothly with it. If you’re looking for the cheapest GPU for 1080p gaming, your best bet is the RTX 3050.