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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
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
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1530
  • Max video memory 6144 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 617$
Games supported 98%
Graphics card Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating11195
Value for money13.0913.56
ArchitecturePascalTuring
GPU code nameGP106Turing TU116
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date19 July 2016 (5 years ago)14 March 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299 $219
Price now$472 (1.6x MSRP)$617 (2.8x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores12801408
Core clock speed1506 MHz1530 MHz
Boost clock speed1708 MHz1785 MHz
Number of transistors4,400 million6,600 million
Manufacturing process technology16 nm12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)120 Watt120 Watt
Texture fill rate136.7157.1
Floating-point performance4,375 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length250 mm229 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount6 GB6 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed8000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory bandwidth192.2 GB/s192.1 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI++
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.46.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.21.2
Vulkan1.2.1311.2.131
CUDA6.17.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 38.58
GTX 1660 43.77
+13.5%
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • Passmark

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 76477
GTX 1660 76970
+0.6%
GTX 1060 6 GB 11039
GTX 1660 12577
+13.9%

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 12816
GTX 1660 13708
+7%

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 17288
GTX 1660 20696
+19.7%

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 43717
GTX 1660 57895
+32.4%

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 235179
GTX 1660 474441
+102%
GTX 1060 6 GB 46
GTX 1660 46
+0.9%
GTX 1060 6 GB 6
GTX 1660 8
+27.1%
GTX 1060 6 GB 32
+31%
GTX 1660 24
GTX 1060 6 GB 103
+0.7%
GTX 1660 103
GTX 1060 6 GB 6
+50%
GTX 1660 4
GTX 1060 6 GB 35
+4.1%
GTX 1660 34
GTX 1060 6 GB 51
+0.2%
GTX 1660 51

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.

GTX 1060 6 GB 10252
GTX 1660 11630
+13.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

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

GTX 1060 6 GBGTX 1660
1080p93
−3.2%
96
+3.2%
1440p49
−20.4%
59
+20.4%
4K32
−9.4%
35
+9.4%

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 72 no data
Battlefield 5 106 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 78
−43.6%
112
+43.6%
Far Cry 5 82
−15.9%
95
+15.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 81
−13.6%
92
+13.6%
Forza Horizon 4 100
−32%
132
+32%
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
−30.4%
73
+30.4%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 68
−35.3%
92
+35.3%

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 61 no data
Battlefield 5 86 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 64
−32.8%
85
+32.8%
Far Cry 5 75
−16%
87
+16%
Far Cry New Dawn 75
−16%
87
+16%
Forza Horizon 4 93
−32.3%
123
+32.3%
Metro Exodus 43
−11.6%
48
+11.6%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30
−33.3%
40
+33.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 58
−31%
76
+31%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 76
−30.3%
99
+30.3%

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 38 no data
Battlefield 5 78 no data
Far Cry 5 70
−17.1%
82
+17.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 69
−15.9%
80
+15.9%
Forza Horizon 4 73
−34.2%
98
+34.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44
−27.3%
56
+27.3%

2560x1440
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 41
−39%
57
+39%
Metro Exodus 26
−11.5%
29
+11.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 19
−31.6%
25
+31.6%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 34
−38.2%
47
+38.2%

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 32 no data
Battlefield 5 58 no data
Far Cry 5 47
−21.3%
57
+21.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 50
−16%
58
+16%
Forza Horizon 4 57
−33.3%
76
+33.3%

3840x2160
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22
−45.5%
32
+45.5%
Metro Exodus 16
−18.8%
19
+18.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 12 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 17
−35.3%
23
+35.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29
−20.7%
35
+20.7%

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18 no data
Battlefield 5 31 no data
Far Cry 5 23
−26.1%
29
+26.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 26
−19.2%
31
+19.2%
Forza Horizon 4 38
−31.6%
50
+31.6%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 38.58 43.77
Novelty 19 July 2016 14 March 2019
Cost $299 $219
Memory bandwidth 192.2 192.1
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1280 1408
Chip lithography 16 12

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB by AMD

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 3 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1660 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1660 from AMD is Radeon R9 FURY X, which is slower by 13% and lower by 19 positions in our rating.

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