NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1506
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2016
Performance 27.80

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile sales 18 August 2016 at a recommended price of $237.11. This is Pascal architecture notebook 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 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 80 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

27.80%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating178
Value for money35.59
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameN17E-G1
Market segmentLaptop
Release date18 August 2016 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$237.11
Price now$240 (1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile'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 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores1280
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 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)80 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature94 °C
Texture fill rate133.6of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance4,275 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelarge
Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
SLI options-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: 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 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth192 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile. 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 ConnectorsDP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support+
HDCP2.2
G-SYNC support+

Technologies

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

GameStream+
GPU Boost3.0
VR Ready+
Ansel+

API support

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

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile. 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 Mobile 27.80
  • 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 - Solidworks
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Medical
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Energy
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Creo
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • Passmark

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 74605

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1060 Mobile 9739

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 11558

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 14693

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 34127

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 298378

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

GTX 1060 Mobile 41

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

GTX 1060 Mobile 41

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

GTX 1060 Mobile 6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

GTX 1060 Mobile 61

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

GTX 1060 Mobile 6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

GTX 1060 Mobile 28

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

GTX 1060 Mobile 81

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

GTX 1060 Mobile 61

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

GTX 1060 Mobile 3.5

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

GTX 1060 Mobile 35

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

GTX 1060 Mobile 49

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

GTX 1060 Mobile 28

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 81

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

GTX 1060 Mobile 3.5

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

GTX 1060 Mobile 35

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

GTX 1060 Mobile 49

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.

GTX 1060 Mobile 8160

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 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.

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

Full HD77
1440p44
4K29

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 62
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 53
Battlefield 5 96
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 73
Cyberpunk 2077 34
Far Cry 5 75
Far Cry New Dawn 69
Forza Horizon 4 102
Hitman 3 76
Horizon Zero Dawn 62
Red Dead Redemption 2 52
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60
Watch Dogs: Legion 55

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 54
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45
Battlefield 5 81
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 62
Cyberpunk 2077 28
Far Cry 5 68
Far Cry New Dawn 66
Forza Horizon 4 91
Hitman 3 66
Horizon Zero Dawn 45
Metro Exodus 40
Red Dead Redemption 2 27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 51
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 69
Watch Dogs: Legion 48

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 37
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 38
Battlefield 5 71
Cyberpunk 2077 23
Far Cry 5 64
Far Cry New Dawn 60
Forza Horizon 4 71
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 39
Watch Dogs: Legion 28

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 37
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 29
Metro Exodus 23
Red Dead Redemption 2 17
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 15

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27
Battlefield 5 53
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 43
Far Cry New Dawn 45
Forza Horizon 4 57
Watch Dogs: Legion 19

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 15
Metro Exodus 14
Red Dead Redemption 2 11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 26

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10
Battlefield 5 28
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 21
Far Cry New Dawn 23
Forza Horizon 4 35
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile's AMD equivalent is Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, which is faster by 6% and higher by 7 positions in our rating.

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