GeForce GTX 1060: Price, performance, features compared

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Nvidia's GTX 1060 makes high-performance 1080p gaming affordable to more than just the enthusiast crowd.

GeForce GTX 1060 at a glance

How powerful is the GTX 1060? The GTX 1060 is capable of delivering smooth performance in most modern games at 1080p resolution.
When did the GTX 1060 come out? Nvidia launched the 6GB and 3GB models of the GTX 1060 in July and August 2016 respectively.
How much does the GTX 1060 cost? Pricing for the GTX 1060 ranges from $350 to $500+ depending on the brand and memory configuration.

What is the GTX 1060?

The GTX 1060 occupies the mid-range spot in Nvidia's GTX 10 graphics card line. It offers a balance of price and performance better-suited to the average gamer than Nvidia's premium GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards, especially for those accustomed to the capabilities of current-generation consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One.

Powered by Nvidia's Pascal GPU architecture, the GTX 1060 is geared towards high-performance gaming at 1080p. It can hit 60fps or higher in most modern games at this resolution, even with the graphics settings bumped up to their maximum.

For those who prefer visual fidelity to high framerates, it can also deliver solid performance at 1440p, though hitting 60fps may require turning down a few of the more demanding graphics settings depending on the game. 4K enthusiasts may want to consider looking elsewhere, as the GTX 1060 tends to struggle with modern games at 2160p.

On the other hand, budding virtual reality explorers will find the GTX 1060 to be a viable entry point into the world of VR. Along with meeting the minimum requirements for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, it happily handles even the most graphically-intensive VR experiences like Dirt Rally and Fallout 4 VR without jeopardising the all-important 90fps anti-sickness buffer.

Unlike most other cards in the GTX 10 series, the GTX 1060 is available in two different memory configurations: one with 6GB of GDDR5 RAM and one with 3GB of GDDR5 RAM.

Other than the amount of memory and a slight difference in the number of CUDA cores, both models are identical in their standard specifications. Each is clocked at a base GPU speed of 1506MHz with the capacity to boost that to 1708MHz. The RAM operates on a 192-bit bus and can hit speeds of 8Gbps.

As is the norm nowadays, a typical GTX 1060 covers two slots on a motherboard, meaning you'll usually need a vacant adjacent slot in addition to the PCIe 3.0 slot the GTX 1060 installs into. Alternatively, you can find single-slot variants of the GTX 1060 from select brands if you shop around.

Along with the PCIe 3.0 slot, a stock GTX 1060 requires a 6-pin power connector and a power supply with a capacity of at least 400W. Keep in mind that certain variants of the GTX 1060 that feature more powerful cooling solutions may require additional power connectors or larger power supplies.

What features does the GTX 1060 support?

Like the rest of Nvidia's GTX 10 line, the GTX 1060 benefits from all the advantages the Pascal GPU architecture brings to the table. The most pertinent of these are listed below:

  • Nvidia Ansel
  • SLI
  • G-Sync
  • DirectX 12
  • HDCP 2.2
  • OpenGL 4.5
  • Display Port 1.4
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • DVI-DL
  • Simultaneous multi-projection
  • Driver-level triple buffering

How powerful is the GTX 1060?

The GTX 1060 sits in the sweet spot between the premium power of the GTX 1070 and the budget-focused GTX 1050. It serves up smooth, stable performance in modern games at 1080p resolution, hitting the 60fps threshold that has become the hallmark of PC gaming. You can even wring out 60fps at 1440p in a large number of current titles provided you're willing to sacrifice a few graphical flourishes here and there.

Gaming at 4K is another matter. While the GTX 1060 can deliver a playable experience at 4K in some modern games, you'll have to settle for 30fps at best in most cases. Additionally, some games are simply too taxing for the GTX 1060 to keep up.

Owners of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will be happy to know that the GTX 1060 can handle the vast majority of VR titles without issue. You may need to lower the graphical settings in certain games such as Fallout 4 VR or Robo Recall, but in general the GTX 1060 offers a solid VR experience at an affordable price.

No matter what resolution you use to play, don't forget that performance can differ dramatically from game to game, so there is no guarantee that all games will run smoothly even at 1080p.

GTX 1060 availability and price

Nvidia introduced its mid-tier GTX 1060 cards with the launch of the 6GB GTX 1060 on July 19 2016 and followed that up with the launch of the 3GB model on 18 August 2016.

Pricing for the 3GB model starts at around $350 while the 6GB model typically begins around $450. Variants of both cards that feature overclocked GPUs, enhanced cooling solutions or other special features can hit price points of $500 or higher.

If you're looking to purchase a GTX 1060, check out our roundup of the latest deals on the 3GB GTX 1060 and the 6GB GTX 1060 below:

3GB GTX 1060

This table was last updated on 08 Dec 2019.
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RetailerModelPriceCurrencyBuy it
Shopping Express Home $279 AUD Go to site
CPL ASUS PH-GTX1060-3G Phoenix GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card $299 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1060 WF OC 3GB GV-N1060WF2OC-3GD $305 AUD Go to site
CPL ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual OC 3GB Graphics Card DUAL-GTX1060-O3G $309 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB GV-N1060IXOC-3GD $319 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB GV-N1060G1 GAMING-3GD $329 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 VR Ready Super Compact Gaming Graphics Card (ZT-P10610A-10L) $330.07 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Asus Geforce GTX 1060 3 GB Phoenix GEFORCE GTX1060 Internal Graphic Card $337.2 AUD Go to site
CPL EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING 03G-P4-6162-KR $349 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Gaming, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 3GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-6160-KR $373.1 AUD Go to site
CPL EVGA Geforce GTX1060 3G Gaming 03G-P4-6160-KR $376 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB PCIe Video Card 8K @ 60Hz DP $400.95 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan OC Edition Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1060-O3G) $406.29 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia GIGABYTE GF GTX 1060 WF 2 OC PCIe x16, 3GB GDDR5, 2xDVI, HDMI, DP, 3YR WTY $449.75 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB GDDR5 REV2.0 Graphic Cards GV-N1060G1GAM-3GD R2 Boost Clock 1847 MHz 3GB $449.95 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (GV-N1060WF2OC-3GD) $454 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia PNY GeForce Graphics Card 3GB $498.99 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB GDDR5 REV2.0 Graphic Cards GV-N1060G1GAM-3GD R2 AORUS-Boost Clock 1860 MHz 6GB $577.08 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
Shopping Express Home $279 AUD
CPL ASUS PH-GTX1060-3G Phoenix GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card $299 AUD
CPL Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1060 WF OC 3GB GV-N1060WF2OC-3GD $305 AUD
CPL ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual OC 3GB Graphics Card DUAL-GTX1060-O3G $309 AUD
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB GV-N1060IXOC-3GD $319 AUD
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB GV-N1060G1 GAMING-3GD $329 AUD
Amazon Australia ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 VR Ready Super Compact Gaming Graphics Card (ZT-P10610A-10L) $330.07 AUD
Amazon Australia Asus Geforce GTX 1060 3 GB Phoenix GEFORCE GTX1060 Internal Graphic Card $337.2 AUD
CPL EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING 03G-P4-6162-KR $349 AUD
Amazon Australia EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Gaming, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 3GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-6160-KR $373.1 AUD

6GB GTX 1060

This table was last updated on 08 Dec 2019.
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Shopping Express Home $299 AUD Go to site
Shopping Express Home $299 AUD Go to site
CPL ASUS Geforce DUAL-GTX1060-O6G Graphics Card $301 AUD Go to site
CPL ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB Graphics Card STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G $309 AUD Go to site
CPL EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 06G-P4-6163-KR $329 AUD Go to site
CPL MSI Geforce GTX 1060 6GT OC V2 Video Card $329 AUD Go to site
CPL GALAX 60NRH7DSL9OC GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB $379 AUD Go to site
CPL ASUS Geforce TURBO-GTX1060-6G Graphics Card $389 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WF OC 6GB GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD $389 AUD Go to site
CPL Asus Geforce ROG Strix-GTX1060-O6G-Gaming Graphics Card $399 AUD Go to site
CPL MSI GTX1060 Gaming X 6G Graphics Card $399 AUD Go to site
CPL EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 06G-P4-6161-KR $419 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Aorus 6GB GV-N1060AORUS-6GD $429 AUD Go to site
CPL MSI Geforce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OC V1 Graphics Card $429 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G (GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD) $469 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia PNY GeForce Graphics Card 6GB OC $547.05 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Edition Graphics Cards $549.29 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Cards (GV-N1060IXOC-6GD) $597.99 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Computer Video Graphic Cards GeForce GTX 1060 6GT $616.78 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS Geforce GTX 1060 6GB Turbo Edition VR Ready Dual HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Auto-Extreme Graphics Card (TURBO-GTX1060-6G) $623.55 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready (GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G) $643.58 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB, VR Ready, Overclock Mode, PCI Express 3.0, Base Clock 1595MHz, 7680x4320, 1 x DVI-D, 2 x HDMI, 2 X DP $917.87 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI GTX 1060 6G OCV1 Graphic Cards $923.99 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
Shopping Express Home $299 AUD
Shopping Express Home $299 AUD
CPL ASUS Geforce DUAL-GTX1060-O6G Graphics Card $301 AUD
CPL ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB Graphics Card STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G $309 AUD
CPL EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 06G-P4-6163-KR $329 AUD
CPL MSI Geforce GTX 1060 6GT OC V2 Video Card $329 AUD
CPL GALAX 60NRH7DSL9OC GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB $379 AUD
CPL ASUS Geforce TURBO-GTX1060-6G Graphics Card $389 AUD
CPL Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WF OC 6GB GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD $389 AUD
CPL Asus Geforce ROG Strix-GTX1060-O6G-Gaming Graphics Card $399 AUD

GTX 1060 specs

Base clock speed
1506MHz
Boost clock speed
1708MHz
Memory
3GB/6GB GDDR5
Memory speed
8Gbps
Memory bus
192-bit
Card length
249.5mm
Card width
Dual slot
Card height
111.2mm
Power draw
120W
Recommended system power
400W
Power connectors
6-pin
No. HDMI ports
1
No. Display Ports
1
No. DVI ports
1
DirectX support
12

Compare GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards

Updated December 8th, 2019
Name Product Brand Model Name Memory More info
ZOTAC
GTX 1060
6GB
EVGA
GTX 1060
6GB
ZOTAC
GTX 1060
6GB
ASUS
GTX 1060
6GB
GALAX
GTX 1060
3GB

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