NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB sales 19 July 2016 at a recommended price of $299. This is Pascal architecture desktop card based on 16 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 6 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 GHz are supplied, and together with 192 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 192.2 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 good gaming and benchmark performance at 38.04 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.85
 
Architecture
Pascal
 
GPU code name
GP106
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Release date
19 July 2016 (5 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
Price now
$513 (1.7x MSRP)
 
of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1280
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1506 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1708 MHz
 
Number of transistors
4,400 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
120 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
136.7
 
Floating-point performance
4,375 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
250 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 
G-SYNC support
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
CUDA
6.1
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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.

38.04

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

76477

3DMark Fire Strike Score

11039

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

12816

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

17288

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

43717

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

9091

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

235179

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

46

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

46

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

6

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

64

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

64

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

32

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

32

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

103

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

103

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

6

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

35

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

35

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

51

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

51

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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.

10252

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 6 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.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
93
 
1440p
 
49
 
4K
 
32
 

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
72
 
Battlefield 5
 
106
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
78
 
Far Cry 5
 
82
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
81
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
100
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
56
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
68
 

1920x1080
High Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
61
 
Battlefield 5
 
86
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
64
 
Far Cry 5
 
75
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
75
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
93
 
Metro Exodus
 
43
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
30
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
58
 

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
38
 
Battlefield 5
 
78
 
Far Cry 5
 
70
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
69
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
73
 

2560x1440
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
41
 
Metro Exodus
 
26
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
19
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
34
 

2560x1440
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
32
 
Battlefield 5
 
58
 
Far Cry 5
 
47
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
50
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
57
 

4K
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
22
 
Metro Exodus
 
16
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
12
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
17
 

4K
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
18
 
Battlefield 5
 
31
 
Far Cry 5
 
23
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
26
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
38
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB from AMD is Radeon R9 FURY X, which is slower by 2% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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