NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB sales 26 December 2017. This is a desktop graphics card based on a Pascal architecture and made with 16 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 5 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8.01 GHz are supplied, and together with 160 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 160.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 250 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 120 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 23.32% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking214
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money16.73
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameGP106
Market segmentDesktop
Release date26 December 2017 (6 years old)
Current price$203 of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1506 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1709 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors4,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology16 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)120 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate136.7of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance4,375 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length250 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount5 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width160 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed8008 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth160.2 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131
CUDA6.1

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 1060 5 GB 9052

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB's performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB is Radeon R9 390, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB:

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB according to our statistics.

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