Early July, NVIDIA surprisingly announced the GeForce GTX 1060 to counter AMD’s release of the Radeon RX 480. The new GTX 1060 features 1280 CUDA cores, 6GB GDDR5 memory and a 120W TDP. It is said that the GTX 1060 offers performance similar to a GTX 980, making it great for 1080p and 1440p gaming. At launch price, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition retails for $299 and is exclusively available at GeForce.com. Meanwhile, the non-reference variants or the GTX 1060s from AIB partners will have a retail price starting at $249. I have listed below all or most of the known GeForce GTX 1060 released. The list will help you compare the different specs specially their clock speeds. Just remember, it is expected that clock speed configurations will more or less be different from one card to another. But the performance of one GTX 1060 to another GTX 1060 shouldn’t be that far or very significant. The most obvious difference (aside from clock speeds) is the graphics card’s cooling solution and aesthetics. Check out the list below.
GeForce GTX 1060 Specifications Comparison
Like I said earlier, the difference between the non-reference GTX 1060 (Asus, EVGA, MSI, Zotac etc) from the GTX 1060 Founders Edition are: GPU and/or memory clock speeds, PCB dimension, cooler design and aesthetics. But all of these GTX 1060s in the market are powered by the same graphics processing unit – a 16nm FinFET GP106 featuring the new Pascal architecture.
The GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory with 192 GB/s memory bandwidth and runs on a 192-bit memory interface. It comes with output connectors such as DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and Dual-Link-DVI; supports multi-monitor display and HDCP 2.2. It has a Thermal Design Power of 120W and requires at least a 400W power supply. The Founders Edition has a single 6-pin power connector, while some non-reference GTX 1060 features a single 8-pin power connector or dual 6-pin setup.
All GTX 1060 graphics cards also feature NVIDIA’s latest technology: Multi-projection, VR Ready, NVIDIA Ansel, G-Sync, GameStream, GPU Boost 3.0, DirectX 12 API with level 12_1, Vulkan API, OpenGL 4.5, and PCIe 3.0. However, the GTX 1060 doesn’t support SLI. NVIDIA has removed the SLI fingers on the GTX 1060 and this means it is meant to be used as a single card solution only.
Based on the benchmark results from various GTX 1060 reviews, it’s generally faster than AMD’s Radeon RX 480. It’s also a sweet spot for 1080p gaming, and could handle 1440p game resolution as well. When it comes to 4K gaming, it’s simply not that fast to maintain an average of 60fps at 4K gaming resolution. Better leave the 4K gaming to the GTX 1070s and 1080s.
Listed below are the different GeForce GTX 1060s available on the market. Initially the list is sorted according to the graphics card’s name, but you can sort it according to clock speeds (and etc).
Also, there are some non-reference GTX 1060 cards that come with two clock speed configurations. Like from Asus and MSI, they have the so-called “Gaming mode” and “OC mode”. I will place the gaming mode first followed by the OC mode inside a parenthesis, since the gaming mode is usually the default setting that you get right out from the box.
Also, check out the new and much faster RTX 2060 in our GeForce RTX 2060 Comparison here.
GeForce GTX 1060 Specs Compared
|Model||Base Clock (MHz)||Boost Clock (MHz)||Memory Clock (MHz)||Cooler Type||Power Connectors||Legnth||Width||Check Availability|
|Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1060 6G Gaming||1506 (1531)||1708 (1746)||8008||DirectCU III Triple Fan||1x 8-pin||11.73"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1060 O6G Gaming||1620 (1645)||1847 (1873)||8208||DirectCU III Triple Fan||1x 8-pin||11.73"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Asus Dual GTX 1060 6G||1506||1708||8008||Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||9.53"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Asus Dual GTX 1060 O6G||1569 (1594)||1784 (1809)||8008||Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||9.53"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Asus Turbo GTX 1060 6G||1506||1708||8008||Blower Type||1x 6-pin||10.5"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Colorful iGameGTX1060 X-TOP-6G||1506 (1620)||1708 (1847)||8008||Triple Fan||2x 6-pin||???||2-slot|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING||1506||1708||8008||ACX 2.0 Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.8"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING (Blower)||1506||1708||8008||Blower Type||1x 6-pin||10.5"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING||1607||1835||8008||ACX 2.0 Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.8"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|EVGA GTX 1060 SSC DT ACX 3.0||1506||1708||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.5"||2-slot|
|EVGA GTX 1060 FTW DT GAMING ACX 3.0||1506||1708||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.5"||2-slot|
|EVGA GTX 1060 FTW+ DT GAMING ACX 3.0||1506||1708||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||11"||2-slot|
|EVGA GTX 1060 GAMING ACX 3.0||1506||1708||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.5"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|EVGA GTX 1060 SSC GAMING ACX 3.0||1607||1835||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.5"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|EVGA GTX 1060 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0||1620||1847||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.5"||2-slot|
|EVGA GTX 1060 FTW+ GAMING ACX 3.0||1632||1860||8008||ACX 3.0 Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||11"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Gainward GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix GS||1620||1847||8000||Phoenix Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.8"||2.5-slot||Amazon UK|
|Gainward GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix||1506||1708||8000||Phoenix Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.8"||2.5-slot||eBay.com|
|Gainward GTX 1060 6GB||1506||1708||8000||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.9"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|GALAX GTX 1060 HOF GOC Ed. 6GB||1582||1797||8008||TriMax Cooler||6-pin + 8-pin||12.20"||2.5-slot|
|GALAX GTX 1060 EX OC 6GB||1544||1759||8008||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||10.55"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|GALAX GTX 1060 EX OC White 6GB||1556||1771||8008||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.9"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|GALAX GTX 1060 OC 6GB||1518||1733||8008||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|GALAX GTX 1060 6GB||1506||1708||8008||Blower Type||1x 6-pin||10"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G||1594 (1620)||1809 (1847)||8008||WINDFORCE 2X||1x 8-pin||10.94"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 D5 6G||1506 (1531)||1708 (1746)||8008||WINDFORCE 2X||1x 8-pin||10.94"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 Mini ITX 6G||1506 (1531)||1708 (1746)||8008||Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.65"||2-slot|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6G||1531 (1556)||1746 (1771)||8008||Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.65"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 Windforce 6G||1506 (1531)||1708 (1746)||8008||WINDFORCE 2X||1x 6-pin||8.78"||2-slot|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6G||1556 (1582)||1771 (1797)||8008||WINDFORCE 2X||1x 6-pin||8.78"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G||1620 (1645)||1847 (1873)||8164 (8316)||WINDFORCE 2X||1x 8-pin||11"||2.5-slot||Amazon.com|
|Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3||1569||1784||8200||iChill X3 Tripple Fan||1x 8-pin||11.9"||2.5-slot||eBay.com|
|Inno3D GTX 1060 Gaming OC||1569||1784||8200||Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||10.82"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Inno3D GTX 1060 X2||1506||1708||8000||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||8.58"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|Inno3D GTX 1060 Compact||1506||1708||8000||Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.77"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G||1569 (1594)||1784 (1809)||8000 (8100)||TWIN FROZR VI||1x 8-pin||10.9"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|MSI GTX 1060 GAMING 6G||1518 (1531)||1733 (1746)||8000||TWIN FROZR VI||1x 8-pin||10.9"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|MSI GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G||1506||1708||8000||Armor Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||11"||2-slot|
|MSI GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OC||1544||1759||8000||Armor Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||11"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|MSI GTX 1060 6G OC||1544||1759||8008||Single Fan||1x 6-pin||7.40"||2-slot|
|MSI GTX 1060 6GT OC||1544||1759||8000||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.7"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition||1506||1708||8000||Blower Type||1x 6-pin||9.8"||2-slot||$299 GeForce Store|
|Palit GTX 1060 Super JetStream||1620||1847||8000||JetStream Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.8"||2.5-slot||Amazon UK|
|Palit GTX 1060 JetStream||1506||1708||8000||JetStream Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.8"||2.5-slot||Amazon UK|
|Palit GTX 1060 Dual||1506||1708||8000||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||9.9"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB||1506||1708||8000||Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||10.5"||2-slot||Amazon UK|
|PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG||1506||1708||8000||Blower Type||1x 6-pin||15.5"||2-slot||eBay.com|
|PNY GTX 1060 XLR8 Gaming OC||1582||1797||8000||Dual Fan||1x 8-pin||6.8"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! Edition||1556||1771||8000||IceStorm Dual Fan||1x 6-pin||8.3"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
|ZOTAC GTX 1060 Mini||1506||1708||8000||Single Fan||1x 6-pin||6.9"||2-slot||Amazon.com|
Note: If there’s a GTX 1060 not included in the comparison list above, hit the comment section below and we’ll try add it.
Based from the table above, the Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1060 O6G Gaming, Gainward GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix GS and Palit GTX 1060 Super JetStream have the highest clock speeds right out of the box. The STRIX GTX 1060 O6G Gaming has the highest and on paper is the fastest GTX 1060 around after setting the card to OC mode. But this doesn’t mean that the rest of the GTX 1060s from other brands can’t keep up with Asus’. Like I said, all of these non-reference cards are basically powered by the same GPU core. This means, if you have MSI’s GTX 1060 or Inno3D’s, you could overclock the card to match (or even surpass) the OC clock speed of the Asus STRIX 1060 card.
Let us know in the comment section below what you think is the best GTX 1060 for you based on the list. Are you planning to buy a GTX 1060 anytime? Or you’ve decided to join the Red Rebellion and opted for a non-reference Radeon RX 480 instead?
Also check out our GeForce GTX 1070 Compared – Asus, EVGA, Zotac, MSI, Gigabyte and More in case you want something faster than a GTX 1060.
Update: Check out the newer and faster GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards here.