Nvidia GTX 1060 – Still A Good Buy In 2019?

July 30, 2019 posted by


The GTX 1060 has been the go-to GPU for midrange
1080p gaming, but does it hold up in 2018? Howdy howdy guys, ponchato here, and today
we’re taking a look at Nvidia’s GTX 1060 3GB graphics card. The 1060 was released back in August of 2016
at a launch price of $199 USD. It’s equipped with 1152 shaders and runs
at a core clock of 1506 MHz. The 3GB model, as the name implies, comes
with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM running at 2002MHz on a 192 bit memory bus, giving it a total
memory bandwidth of 192.2 GB/s. The 1060 is rated for 3935 GFLOPS of floating
point performance and has a TDP of 120W. Because of that, Nvidia recommends a 400W
power supply as the minimum and this card does require a 6 pin PCIe power connector. The specific model we’re looking at here
is the Asus DUAL-GTX1060-03G. This one comes with a dual fan cooler with
two heat pipes and is just less than 10 inches or 255 millimeters long – a fairly large
card, but still short enough that it should fit in most non-mini-ITX cases. This one, like most 1060s, comes with one
DVI, two HDMI, and two DisplayPort connections. The test setup today is my Tank build with
an i5-7500 and 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory. Let’s get started with the benchmarks. First up is Battlefield 1. On low settings the 1060 averages 172FPS with
1% lows around 90 and 0.1% lows above 50 – stuttering is rare and almost imperceptible. Medium settings bring the average to 136 with
lows around 80 and 60, high settings average 95 with lows at 64 and 45, and finally ultra
settings drop it just a bit to 87 FPS average, 1% lows at 57, and 0.1% lows at 41. If you’re aiming for 60FPS, the 1060 can
easily handle ultra settings, and if you’re on a 120 or 144Hz monitor, medium settings
will work well. Next is CS GO. Low settings hit 292 FPS average with lows
at 152 and 74, while medium settings average 274 with lows at 140 and 72. Maxing the game out drops the average to 242
with lows at 88 and 30, though you’d be hard pressed to notice stuttering in-game. Low and medium settings are so close that
I’m skeptical these are limited by the CPU rather than the 1060. Regardless, you can run the game on max and
even a 240Hz monitor won’t be held back. Though, if you have a 240Hz monitor you probably
wouldn’t be using a 1060 to begin with. Third in line is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
and I think this is the first time I’ve been able to get more than 60FPS in this game. On low settings, the 1060 averages 80FPS with
lows at 50 and 32. On medium the average stays above 60FPS with
a slight dip in lows at 46 and 31. High settings average 55 and have the strange
effect of bringing up the 0.1% lows; 39 on high vs 31 on medium. Very high averages 47 with lows in the mid-30s
and even ultra settings are playable; 39 FPS average with lows at 28 in the 1% case and
22 in the 0.1%. DXMD is still an extremely demanding game,
but if you’re looking for reliable 60FPS gameplay, the 1060 has you covered up to medium
settings. Fourth is GTA 5 and again we have the inescapable
horrific-stuttering-on-low-settings glitch. Average FPS is 123 but the game is totally
unplayable due to extreme frame drops. On medium settings though, things get better. Average FPS stays around 110 while lows hit
74 and 56. High settings average just under 100FPS with
lows again in the low 70s and mid 50s. The 1060 falls just short of being a good
match for 120 and 144Hz monitors, but can easily handle GTA 5 maxed out on a 60Hz monitor. Next we’ll look at Just Cause 3. On low settings the 1060 averages over 140FPS
with lows at 65 and 54. Medium settings average over 120FPS with lows
around 50, and high settings average 86 FPS with lows in the 40s. I got to say I’m pretty impressed with this
performance; the 1060 basically hits 144FPS on low, 120FPS on medium, and well above 60FPS
when maxed out. That’s not bad. Number 6 in the lineup is Overwatch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the
1060 can basically mash this game since even toasters can run it well. Low settings run into the built-in 300FPS
cap which can’t be bypassed, so the “real” average would be somewhere north of 300. Until you hit epic settings, there’s really
not much to say since the averages are well above 144FPS. Even maxed out on epic, average FPS is still
above 120FPS with 1% lows over 100, though 0.1% lows take a bit of a nosedive down to
77. Though, it should be noted, 0.1% lows at 77FPS
would be extremely difficult or just impossible for most people to notice. Even if you’re shooting for 120 or 144FPS,
the 1060 can pretty much max out Overwatch. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds is up next. Very low settings hit 141 FPS average with
lows at 71 and 29, low settings average around 120 FPS, medium settings hit 106 FPS, high
settings average just under 100 FPS, and finally ultra settings drop performance quite a bit
to 64FPS average, 42 FPS 1% lows, and 23 FPS 0.1% lows. Maybe it’s unfair to say ultra settings
drop it “quite a bit”; the 1060 still averages over 60FPS on ultra. It’ll even work for 120 or 144Hz gaming
on very low or low settings. Considering PUBG’s history of horrific optimization,
these numbers are pretty dang good. With PUBG 1.0 released just a little while
ago, performance actually has gotten a lot better from pre-release. I’m also working on a full PUBG 1.0 benchmark
for every current budget GPU with comparisons to pre-release performance, so be sure to
subscribe to see that. The last game on the list is Rocket League. It’s an e-sports title so big numbers abound:
low settings average 366FPS, medium settings hit 263, and high settings average 163 with
1% lows at 126 and even 0.1% lows at 107. That’s means even if you’re using a 144Hz
monitor, the GTX 1060 can max out Rocket League and still have performance to spare. Now to give a general feel for performance,
we’ll look at the combined FPS averages of the esports and non-esports titles. First up, the esports average. These numbers come from CS GO, Overwatch,
and Rocket League at 1080p. Low settings average over 300 FPS with lows
around 210 and 140. Medium settings average around 260FPS with
lows around 180 and 150, and finally ultra settings average 176 FPS with lows at 106
and 71. Basically, the 1060 can max out esports titles
with no trouble at all. Next we’ll look at the non-esports averages. These numbers are the combined results from
Battlefield 1, Deus Ex, Just Cause 3, GTA 5, and PUBG. On low settings, average FPS is 132 with lows
in the mid-50s and mid-30s, though the lows are thrown off a bit by GTA 5’s low settings
quirk. Medium settings average 108FPS with lows at
63 and 45, and high or ultra settings average 74FPS with lows at 49 and 37. Based off this you can expect the 1060 to
max out most games at 1080p and 60FPS, and handle 120 or 144FPS on low-ish settings. Now for power consumption and temperatures. As usual I need to point out that comparing
GPU temperatures is difficult because almost every single graphics card uses a different
cooler, but these results are good for a ballpark estimate. Temperatures were taken in a room at 24C,
power was measured at the wall for the entire test setup, and temperatures were allowed
to stabilize for 15 minutes before being recorded. Sitting idle at the desktop the GTX 1060 settled
at 49C and drew 31W. Under load with Unigine Valley the 1060 peaked
at 77C and drew 161W – quite a bit more than most other GPUs I’ve reviewed, but
it’s also quite a bit faster. One note on the idle temperature: the default
fan curve allows the fans to completely turn off, which is why the idle temperature was
so high. After setting my own fan curve and leaving
the minimum speed at 25%, it idled at 37C which was much closer to other GPUs I’ve
benched. It’s really just up to personal preference
whether you want to do that. I do want to make a quick note about this
specific model: if you set the fan speed to anything under 20% but above 0, it doesn’t
maintain a constant speed. Instead, it spins up and then slows down every
second or so (depending on what speed percentage you set) which is kind of annoying. My guess is they screwed something up with
the PWM controller, but the good news is it’s an easy work around: just don’t set your
fan curve to go below 20%. Even at 25% speed the fans are only spinning
at a few hundred RPM so they’re barely audible. Now the part I like most: FPS per dollar. These numbers are the combined average of
all 8 games at 1080p and medium settings, divided by the current market price for the
GPU. Just under 0.7 frames per dollar puts this
a good bit under cheaper GPUs like the 1050 or RX 550, but if you need the performance
the 1060 offers, your only other option is an RX 580 which will cost you about twice
as much. With computer components, higher priced parts
typically have worse price to performance than their budget counterparts, and the GTX
1060 is no exception. In its performance bracket however, the 1060
is actually a pretty good deal. If you’re looking for a card that will basically
max out any game at 1080p, Nvidia’s GTX 1060 is the cheapest and really, the best
choice. The next step up in performance would be a
1070, which go for around $500, and the next cheapest competitor is the 1050 Ti, which
is about 40% slower. I’d like to see something like a 1060 Ti
in the $300 range, which would be particularly great for people running on 1440p setups,
but we won’t see anything like that until (maybe) the GTX 2000 series. If you want to pick up a 1060 for yourself,
click the link in the description. If you want to get notified of new videos
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button, if you want to see more hit subscribe, and if you have any questions on the 1060
or these benchmarks, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for watching, I hope I helped, and
I’ll see you in the next video.

100 Comments

100 Replies to “Nvidia GTX 1060 – Still A Good Buy In 2019?”

  1. AlwaysKjoel says:

    But it's uploaded in 2018

  2. Fadope says:

    "Nvidia GTX 1060 – Still A Good Buy In 2019?"

    "ponchato

    Published on Jan 5, 2018"

    My thumbs down doesnt need an explanation i guess

  3. aujory says:

    Dude battlefield 1 is an esports and pubg

  4. Rafael Araujo says:

    3GB? aff

  5. MrMrRubic says:

    Is GtX 1060 sTiLl GoOd In 2019?
    Shut up, I'm using a Gtx 580.

    Just ordered a 2060 tho, good for me

  6. winneracc says:

    FPS on fortnite plz

  7. Stealth says:

    I don’t understand the 1% low and 0.1% low. I think I’m too stupid too understand some of this information

  8. Rafay Virk says:

    U mean 2018?

  9. Master Kitsune says:

    I like the fact that you didnt really do any extra work into this video besides changing the title and thumbnail

  10. Mustached Squid says:

    No, Nvidia cards never worth buying, they suck compared to AMD cheaper cards and whit alot more performance and features

  11. Jase Stanton says:

    I got my first gaming pc about 3 months ago and didn’t know that it had a GTX 1060 in it bc I thought the fans went right side up instead of the GPU going right side up, so I went 3 months playing Fortnite with my HDMI connected to the motherboard and the whole time i had a 282$ graphics card and it wasn’t even working.😂

  12. Marco Angelo Torres says:

    Were these benchmarked with overclock settings?

  13. GF1X says:

    Is the 1050 ti still good in 2019??

  14. Alvin Zhang says:

    noice little edit

  15. Riptide_Snowyy says:

    Get the RX 570, trust me.

  16. Mousey Boy says:

    gtx 1050 users:
    Are we a joke to you?

  17. Some Guy says:

    Now, to be fair, I'm still rocking a GTX 580 from 2012. So, yeah, I think a 1060 would be a fair upgrade

  18. Oreo says:

    Good job changing the thumbnail and the title just to get more views

    Asshole

  19. Lucas Chagas says:

    Updating the title (and thumbnail) from 2018 to 2019 so you can increase the number of views. Congrats, you've compelled me to block your lazy channel from ever showing up in my feed.

  20. JD DA BOSS2 says:

    Lmao I bought a get 710 last year

  21. tommy hill says:

    I’m getting a 2070 with an i7 8700k. Wish me luck!!!!

  22. Nico Sanchez says:

    The stuttering in GTA 5 at low is due to the CPU maxing at 100% usage, which causes stutters

  23. FlimsyEar665012 says:

    Just by the 1060 6gb

  24. Sohail Pattanaik says:

    In india its 350 dollars

  25. AlongDeal says:

    Gtx 1060 is a super graphic card like this comment

  26. TacCo says:

    Why do i have a 1060 6g and get 120 fps on low in cs

  27. SHINOBU I LOVE YOU SO MUCH says:

    whats the point of making this video about gtx 1060 in 2019 when you test older games???

  28. verners skrastins says:

    Yeah sure is it still agood buy for 2019. If you change the title from 2018 to 2019 it dosent mean that it is up to date

  29. LilcheoGamingRAPS says:

    I have the 3gb i love it he got the graphics card i got

  30. costlertrack says:

    2020 comes changes title to "is the 1060 still good in 2020" very clever buddy

  31. Simonstar says:

    2019

    1 year ago

    Ok

  32. Games LTU says:

    Just buy 1660ti

  33. Princess Zelda says:

    You have some kind of time traveling machine?

  34. Pablo Stiglitz says:

    You sound like a weather man lol

  35. EddieDaNub says:

    I have a oc 1060 and it plays like every game on 70+ fps on epic settings

  36. Phöblöv Ree says:

    graphics card prices still fucking high thanks to shitcoin miners

  37. WaxxyDabs420 says:

    I have an integrated AMD a10 6700 with a radeon hd 8670d . I dont know much about PC's, but would I be able to use this graphics card with this?

  38. Toprak Serin says:

    İ am using Zotacs 1060 6gb and its good at New games i think its still worth to buy

  39. Fuschi says:

    I dont think its a good card for 2019 i have one myself and im going to upgrade to a 2060 because in most games which where launched in 2019 you cant play at stabel 60fps max settings

  40. Matt says:

    I have the exact same card and processor but i get only around 60 fps on low in bf1

  41. Thomas Nolan says:

    I have the 1060 3gb. I’m upgrading to the 2060. I bought the 1060 for my first PC last September.

  42. TheDarkSlo says:

    Gtx 1060 6gb next

  43. Georgie harmer says:

    I have the exact same setup but my setup runs like a piece of shit

  44. Jack Raistrick says:

    It says I need this to use my VR now. Even though I’ve used my VR before. Any help???

  45. Blake Bowman says:

    I still play on my 760 and i5 and i get 60 frames all new games. this shit holds up guys.

  46. DelayThePixel says:

    does any 1 know what intel CPU this goes well with im going to be streaming/gaming/content creation

  47. Clockwork Productions says:

    Was able to pick up a (not dual model) GTX 1060 TI 4GB, so looking at this video gives me high hopes to get my crapshoot tower some good GPU food.

  48. Spork Master says:

    Nah just get an RX 580 8GB, 1060 is not worth unless you already have it, it still has good performance but is falling behind other cards like the RX 580 8GB in most titles. Better yet 1070's are selling for 220 on ebay or lower, snatch up one of those.

  49. TheGreyFellow says:

    I'm here in 2019, I hear 2018, I dislike.

  50. Wh1te says:

    Lol If GTX 1050 IS like good why 1060 wouldn't do good and I'm doing good with gtx 750 ti

  51. Frost Is here says:

    But can it run on Crysis

  52. Darmin Axel says:

    You see, when the mind is in denial…

    It begins to make up things so the human thinks their purchase of a gtx 1060 was good purchase.

    It's ok, your brain is just in denial and you dont want to upgrade. You wasted money on a 1060 and now your brain is making up a whole bunch of excuses to convince you not to upgrade. Its 2019.
    if you dont own anything higher than a 1070, you shouldn't call yourself a pc gamer or call console players peasants. Try running a game like assassin's creed odyssey or metro exodus on high and ultra. If you cant get over 70 fps in any of those games, throw your pc in the garbage.

  53. Marino vucko says:

    just got mine new for 189 euro..asus 6gb

  54. Syykes says:

    Why the thumbnail Is like if Gtx 1060 is old, its not..?

  55. e2- woah says:

    Yes it is. Delete video

  56. LegoAidanJames says:

    Uploaded in 2018 “are you fucking dumb”

  57. Immortal Blue says:

    I use the 6gb version and its really good.

  58. Mifzal Haikal says:

    just buy RTX 2080Ti

  59. Melvin strom says:

    I'm not very good at computer parts but what is the difference between GDDR4 and GDDR5

  60. Sell a ree says:

    ???

  61. Rembo says:

    WTF 77C full load? I have 63C full load

  62. Vivek Maru says:

    Buy the 6gb variant. The EVGA Superclocked 6gb DDR5
    https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=06G-P4-6163-KR

  63. Suman Biswas says:

    Which is better 1060 6gb or 1660 6gb???? Plz help

  64. SKYL1N3 says:

    This is my GPU😓

  65. ALbert TMFU says:

    U changed the title from 2018 to 2019

  66. Thumper says:

    Why did you pick the 3gb? Test the 6gb. Of course 3gb isn't enough

  67. kilroy987 says:

    So, you changed the title so people would watch it for another year?

  68. The Warhog says:

    The rx570 wins!!

  69. Bloody Mindset says:

    Is IT good for my i5 2400 that i Will upgrade to a 2600k?

  70. Joshua Colon says:

    3:26 you rob that poor fat lady. xD

  71. Dyan vernanda says:

    Cries with GTX 1050 TI

  72. HamSquad25 says:

    I have an MSI gaming laptop with a 1060 and the frames on rainbow six siege always feel so low. What do you think the problem is?

  73. Stanley Garland says:

    so how are those scores with a better cpu such as the 8700k/9700k(desktop cpus) or the 8750h/9750h(laptop cpus)

  74. InvisSpeed says:

    bullshit I run everything at low and get 160 fps

  75. LowSpecKid says:

    Oh my fking god im still at 6gb xeon 3430 and gtx 560 is 1060 good in 2019 ofcourse evrybody knows it

  76. Blank Ground says:

    I have problem with my rtx 2080 ti. Why when i'm playing minecraft the graphics still look cube?!

  77. OverFlower오버플라워 says:

    Ok i made my 1060 6GB as like as 1660, 3Dmark graphics score is 14265

  78. B3burner says:

    Wait. I'm confused. How can the brand name be an NVIDIA, but then the box with the tiger on the front says it's an ASUS? I don't get it.

  79. Agent Never says:

    Jesus Christ. Looks like a presentation about financial situation

  80. Scorpion24 says:

    card handle 1440p just fine

  81. Shard The Fox says:

    I dunno if ya can help with me, but Iv been getting choppy gameplay, and iv had it ever since iv had the card, I have a video on my YouTube channel as an example, I get the choppyness with alot of games, Black Mesa and Dawn of war gold being examples.

  82. Sir_Dreadlord_on_Blitz says:

    Um Who would Realy buy the 3 gab Version if you Can have the 6gb one

  83. shreddaddy1 says:

    I'm running a 1060 6 gb ocv1 with an i5 4570 and it's a beast on anything I throw at it,including vr. You don't have to have the newest industry hype gear to meet real world application requirements. I have friends with i7 cpu's,1080 gpu's and they are amazed at my pc performance with the same games and to be honest I see not enough difference between mine and those to justify the price difference, i'm sure some old pro's would agree

  84. TheJaapa says:

    pubg is not optimized for gtx 1060,gtx1070,gtx1660 ti,rtx 2070 but for gtx 1070 ti,1080,1080 ti rtx 2080 and rtx 2060 is good :// i have experience

  85. Daja_Blue says:

    Price increased because of hekin bitcoon

  86. HoeHunter 69 says:

    what would happen if I use a 1060 on a 60hz monitor?

  87. Nithin Prasad says:

    "Just cows 3" lol

  88. tj joe says:

    I'm a Neanderthal, any advice is appreciated, I just bought a dell 5680 Intel I7 8700 6 core/12thread 12mb cache, 128gb m.2 data ssd boot, 2TB hardrive, & the nvidia gtx 1060 3gb card. I bought the 244hz 1ms TN alienware 25 inch monitor. Can I run apex legends & gears 5 on high quality at 100 fps with this system?

  89. LX-24's Bullshit says:

    "The GTX 1060 has been the Go To mid-range GPU"

    I guess, if you pretend the RX 480/580 didn't ever launch or exist, since t's faster and has more RAM.

  90. oscar daza says:

    Selling at $200 or so

  91. DC Legends says:

    i got the 6GB and i wondered if i need any updgrade

  92. David Michaels says:

    I think its a great gpu. Can run 1080p ultra with now sweat for my i7

  93. MrKnifeart says:

    it's almost 2020, any update?

  94. Pika Pika says:

    Stuttering is due to cpu….

  95. JAW S says:

    I don’t know what any of this means I’m trying to learn though could some one just simplify it for me

  96. Snipez_EditzzYT says:

    Looks like we have a time traveler boys this vid is from January 2018

  97. Goahead says:

    I have this card on my old Dell Inspiron and I can watch YouTube videos at 4K 60FPS on my Dell 4K monitor totally smooth. I don't play games btw.

  98. Christian Jordan says:

    The most bought gpu ever

  99. ponchato says:

    The upside down backwards LD01 looks good, but is it REALLY good? Check out my review! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytRxjrjC2QQ&list=PLdX4D1R87msjPJkL0bFHFgMsHtg2snCQ3

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