NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1506
  • Max video memory 6144
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2016
Performance 34.76

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

34.76%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating131
Place by popularity10
Value for money9.90
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameGP106
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 July 2016 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299
Current price$480 (1.6x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1506 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1708 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors4,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology16 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)120 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate136.7of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance4,375 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length250 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount6 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed8000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth192.2 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 Connectors1x 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.

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

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 34.76
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Creo
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Medical
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 1060 6 GB 10252

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1060 6 GB 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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1060 6 GB 43717

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1060 6 GB 76477

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1060 6 GB 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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1060 6 GB 12816

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1060 6 GB 235179

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.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1060 6 GB 9091

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1060 6 GB 103

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 46

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 32

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 51

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 64

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 35

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.

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 103

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 64

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 51

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 46

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 6

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 35

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 32

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1060 6 GB 6

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.

Average FPS

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

Full HD92
1440p49
4K32

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Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 72
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 106
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 78
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 82
Far Cry New Dawn 81
Forza Horizon 4 100
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 68
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 61
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 86
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 64
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 75
Far Cry New Dawn 75
Forza Horizon 4 93
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 43
Red Dead Redemption 2 30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 58
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 76
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 38
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 78
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 70
Far Cry New Dawn 69
Forza Horizon 4 73
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 41
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 26
Red Dead Redemption 2 19
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 34
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 32
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 58
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 47
Far Cry New Dawn 50
Forza Horizon 4 57
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 16
Red Dead Redemption 2 12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 17
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 31
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 23
Far Cry New Dawn 26
Forza Horizon 4 38
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


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 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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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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