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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card Roundup

Introduction & Overview

Nvidia launched its GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in July of 2016 to inevitable comparisons with AMD's Radeon RX 480 8GB. Although the 1060 was faster in DX11 games, it also commanded a premium that was harder to justify than the uncontested GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080.

A month later, Nvidia quietly rolled out a 3GB version of the 1060 to battle the 4GB RX 480. Its GPU took quite a haircut in the process, though, dropping from 1280 to 1152 CUDA cores and affecting performance far more than model name suggests. Presumably, Nvidia couldn't risk the 3GB and 6GB models appearing too similar at 1920x1080.

After wrapping up our initial GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 round-ups, Tom's Hardware DE set to work on a collection of 1060s, 3GB and 6GB alike. This first incarnation includes eight different boards from a field that spans anywhere from under $200 (£150) to over $300 (£250). Each individual review goes incredibly deep, covering manufacturing quality, technical features, power consumption, clock rates, cooling, and acoustics.

The gaming performance of every factory-overclocked board within a given chip class is usually pretty similar to begin with. But that's more true now than ever. This is a result of features like GPU Boost 3.0, which allows manufacturers to safely extract as much headroom as possible from a processor. Very little is left on the table, even if you have access to extreme overclocking hardware.

We will continue to update this roundup as new test samples become available.

The final analysis of each card is listed below for quick and easy comparison.


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Reasons to buy
+Build quality+Cooler exhausts waste heat+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Price-Power target-limited-Six-pin power connector-Low thermal ceiling

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming

Reasons to buy
+Compact size+Modder-friendly warranty+One of the least-expensive 6GB cards
Reasons to avoid
-No MOSFET/memory cooling

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix GS

Reasons to buy
+Compact size+Good performance
Reasons to avoid
-No U.S. availability-Budget-oriented cooler-Hysteresis issues

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix GS

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G

Reasons to buy
+Large, capable cooler+Aggressive factory overclock+Backplate aids cooling
Reasons to avoid
-Price-Size

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC

Reasons to buy
+Simple, straightforward design+Factory overclock
Reasons to avoid
-Spotty availability-Prohibitive pricing in U.S.-Noisy by default

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G

Reasons to buy
+Designed well for MMORPG and MOBA games+Beefy cooler+Low noise
Reasons to avoid
-3GB isn't enough

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G

Reasons to buy
+Beefy cooler+Acceptable price+Eight-pin power connector+Solid performance
Reasons to avoid
-Sample shipped with non-standard firmware

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Super JetStream

Reasons to buy
+Compact size+Good performance
Reasons to avoid
-No US availability-Budget-oriented cooler-Hysteresis issues

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Super JetStream


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