NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Price $ 159.0 $ 170.0 11 (7%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 63C 13 (17%)
Max Fan Noise 47.1dB 42.2dB 4.9 (10%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 470W 0 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 70.5 FPS 66.9 FPS 3.6 (5%)
Average 1440p Performance 50.5 FPS 47.9 FPS 2.6 (5%)
Average 4K Performance 29.6 FPS 28.1 FPS 1.5 (5%)
Memory 6 GB 3 GB 3 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.6 $ 2.5 1.1 (31%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.0 $ 3.6 1.4 (28%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.6 $ 6.1 2.5 (29%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 81/100 1 (1%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 1060 3GB to GTX 1060 6GB is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
53
59.8
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
34
38.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
50
56.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
70
78.8
67
74.8
2019 Metro Exodus
31
35.1
29
33.3
2019 World War Z
61
68.0
56
62.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
65
72.9
62
69.2
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
30
34.0
29
32.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
46
51.3
43
48.7
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
42
46.8
39
44.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
63
70.2
59
66.6
2018 Fallout 76
70
78.3
66
74.3
2018 Hitman 2
55
61.2
52
58.1
2018 Just Cause 4
48
53.6
45
50.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
51
57.7
49
54.8
2018 Battlefield V
61
68.4
58
64.9
2017 Dawn of War III
60
67.5
57
64.1
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
46
51.3
43
48.7
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
44
49.5
42
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
73
81.9
70
77.8
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
46
52.2
44
49.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
63
70.6
60
67.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
66
74.2
63
70.4
2017 For Honor
89
98.9
84
93.9
2017 Project CARS 2
63
70.0
59
66.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76
84.9
68
76.0
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
38
43.1
36
40.9
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
45
50.4
43
47.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
39
44.1
37
41.9
2016 Doom
89
99.0
84
94.0
2016 F1 2016
60
67.5
57
64.1
2016 Hitman
54
60.4
51
57.3
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
66
74.2
63
70.4
2016 The Division
47
53.0
45
50.3
2016 Total War: Warhammer
49
54.9
46
52.1
2016 Battlefield 1
73
81.5
69
77.4
2016 Overwatch
98
109.6
93
104.1
2016 Dishonored 2
45
51.1
43
48.5
2015 DiRT Rally
89
99.3
84
94.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
55
61.4
52
58.3
2015 The Witcher 3
47
52.6
45
50.0
2015 Total War: Attila
42
46.8
39
44.4
2015 Rocket League
259
288.4
246
273.8
2015 Need For Speed
71
79.9
68
75.9
2015 Project CARS
68
76.6
65
72.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
119
132.6
114
127.5
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
96
107.1
91
101.7
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
68
75.6
64
71.8
2014 Far Cry 4
63
70.2
59
66.6
2014 GRID Autosport
93
104.4
89
99.1
2014 Shadow of Mordor
72
80.1
68
76.0
2014 The Talos Principle
78
87.3
74
82.9
2014 Thief
63
70.2
59
66.6
2013 Bioshock Infinite
100
111.6
95
106.0
2013 Company of Heroes 2
52
58.5
49
55.5
2013 Crysis 3
54
60.5
51
57.4
2013 GRID 2
108
120.6
103
114.5
2013 Metro: Last Light
64
72.0
61
68.4
2013 Total War: Rome 2
68
76.5
65
72.6
2013 Battlefield 4
76
85.3
72
81.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
178
197.8
169
187.8
2009 League of Legends
333
370.8
316
352.0
2008 Crysis: Warhead
65
72.9
62
69.2

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
35
44.5
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
24
30.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
35
43.9
2019 Resident Evil 2
42
53.0
40
50.3
2019 Metro Exodus
21
27.3
20
25.9
2019 World War Z
39
49.6
36
45.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
33
42.3
32
40.2
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
20
25.6
19
24.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
28
36.0
27
34.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
24
30.6
23
29.1
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47
59.4
45
56.4
2018 Fallout 76
41
52.2
39
49.6
2018 Hitman 2
31
39.6
30
37.6
2018 Just Cause 4
31
39.6
30
37.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
32
40.4
30
38.4
2018 Battlefield V
39
49.5
37
47.0
2017 Dawn of War III
36
45.0
34
42.7
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
30
37.8
28
35.9
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
29
36.9
28
35.0
2017 Destiny 2
56
70.2
53
66.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31
39.6
30
37.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
36
46.0
34
43.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42
53.6
40
50.9
2017 For Honor
46
57.7
43
54.8
2017 Project CARS 2
39
49.4
37
46.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
61
76.6
58
72.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
32
40.1
30
38.1
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
26
33.3
25
31.6
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
29
36.9
28
35.0
2016 Doom
52
66.2
50
62.9
2016 F1 2016
46
57.6
43
54.7
2016 Hitman
35
44.5
33
42.3
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
38
48.6
36
46.1
2016 The Division
30
38.2
28
36.2
2016 Total War: Warhammer
37
46.8
35
44.4
2016 Battlefield 1
46
57.6
43
54.7
2016 Overwatch
60
75.6
57
71.8
2016 Dishonored 2
34
43.7
33
41.5
2015 DiRT Rally
54
68.4
51
64.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
40.6
30
38.5
2015 The Witcher 3
31
39.1
29
37.2
2015 Total War: Attila
24
30.6
23
29.1
2015 Rocket League
98
123.6
93
117.3
2015 Need For Speed
49
61.8
46
58.7
2015 Project CARS
46
58.5
44
55.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
68
85.8
66
82.5
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
64
80.1
60
76.0
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
40
50.4
38
47.8
2014 Far Cry 4
40
50.4
38
47.8
2014 GRID Autosport
63
79.2
60
75.2
2014 Shadow of Mordor
44
55.8
42
53.0
2014 The Talos Principle
48
61.2
46
58.1
2014 Thief
38
47.7
36
45.3
2013 Bioshock Infinite
58
72.9
55
69.2
2013 Company of Heroes 2
30
37.8
28
35.9
2013 Crysis 3
30
37.8
28
35.9
2013 GRID 2
69
86.4
65
82.0
2013 Metro: Last Light
48
60.3
45
57.2
2013 Total War: Rome 2
39
49.5
37
47.0
2013 Battlefield 4
43
54.5
41
51.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
131
164.8
125
156.5
2009 League of Legends
164
206.0
156
195.6
2008 Crysis: Warhead
36
45.9
34
43.6

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
18
26.6
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
11
16.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
16
23.3
2019 Resident Evil 2
18
26.1
17
24.8
2019 Metro Exodus
12
17.2
11
16.3
2019 World War Z
20
28.6
18
26.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
18
27.0
17
25.6
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
11
16.2
10
15.4
2018 Final Fantasy XV
15
21.6
14
20.5
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
11
16.2
10
15.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
27
39.6
26
37.6
2018 Fallout 76
20
28.8
19
27.3
2018 Hitman 2
16
23.4
15
22.2
2018 Just Cause 4
14
20.6
13
19.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
19.4
12
18.4
2018 Battlefield V
18
26.1
17
24.8
2017 Dawn of War III
16
23.4
15
22.2
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
15
21.6
14
20.5
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
15
21.6
14
20.5
2017 Destiny 2
24
35.1
23
33.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
15
22.5
14
21.4
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
19.8
13
18.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
37.1
24
35.2
2017 For Honor
20
28.8
19
27.3
2017 Project CARS 2
28
41.2
27
39.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
45
64.3
42
61.0
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
18
26.1
17
24.8
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
10
14.4
9
13.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
20
28.8
19
27.3
2016 Doom
23
33.3
22
31.6
2016 F1 2016
22
32.4
21
30.8
2016 Hitman
15
22.5
14
21.4
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
16
23.4
15
22.2
2016 The Division
16
23.4
15
22.2
2016 Total War: Warhammer
17
24.3
16
23.1
2016 Battlefield 1
21
30.6
20
29.1
2016 Overwatch
27
39.1
25
37.1
2016 Dishonored 2
24
34.6
22
32.8
2015 DiRT Rally
22
32.4
21
30.8
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
22
31.5
20
29.9
2015 The Witcher 3
15
22.5
14
21.4
2015 Total War: Attila
10
15.3
10
14.5
2015 Rocket League
40
57.7
38
54.8
2015 Need For Speed
28
41.2
27
39.1
2015 Project CARS
28
41.2
27
39.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
27
39.8
26
38.2
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
31
45.0
29
42.7
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
18
26.1
17
24.8
2014 Far Cry 4
18
27.0
17
25.6
2014 GRID Autosport
32
45.9
30
43.6
2014 Shadow of Mordor
21
30.6
20
29.1
2014 The Talos Principle
23
34.2
22
32.5
2014 Thief
28
41.4
27
39.3
2013 Bioshock Infinite
25
36.9
24
35.0
2013 Crysis 3
18
27.0
17
25.6
2013 GRID 2
32
45.9
30
43.6
2013 Metro: Last Light
22
31.5
20
29.9
2013 Total War: Rome 2
15
22.5
14
21.4
2013 Battlefield 4
26
37.8
25
35.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
103
148.3
98
140.8
2009 League of Legends
57
82.4
54
78.2
2008 Crysis: Warhead
30
43.2
28
41.0
GTX 1060 6GB vs GTX 1060 3GB with i7-6700K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 6GB vs GTX 1060 3GB with i7-6700K vs i7-6700K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 6GB vs GTX 1060 3GB with i7-6700K vs i7-6700K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 6GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 6GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 6GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 6GB 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 3GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 3GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 3GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1060 3GB 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1060 3GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

GTX 1060 6GB vs GTX 1060 3GB Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
Length9.823 inches 250 mm9.823 inches 250 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W120 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
Boost Clock1709 MHz1708 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1506 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 1000
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Aug 18th, 2016

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
CUDA6.16.1
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.2
Vulkan1.1.821.1.96

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Die Size314 mm²200 mm²
GPU NameGP104GP106
Process Size16 nm16 nm
Transistors7,200 million4,400 million

Memory

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s192.2 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit192 bit
Memory Size6144 MB3072
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
ROPs4848
SM Count109
Shading Units12801152
TMUs8072

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
FP16 (half) performance68.36 GFLOPS (1:64)61.49 GFLOPS (1:64)
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS3,935 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s81.98 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s123.0 GTexel/s

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