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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB GeForce GTX 1080
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 9%
eFootball PES 2020 37% 59%
Borderlands 3 8% 30%
Grand Theft Auto VI 56% 1%
Metro: Exodus 56% 1%
Doom Eternal 12% 43%
The Division 2 56% 1%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 44% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 8% 30%
FIFA 20 38% 60%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 63 MHz higher core clock speed and 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1060. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 145.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 63 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1060. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 28.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 1060 was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 1080, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 1060, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 128.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1060, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2026 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GeForce GTX 1080 having 3963 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 requires 60 Watts more than the GTX 1060 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 1080 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1060.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

53.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

87 FPS

The Witcher III

68.1 FPS

The Witcher III

93 FPS

Crysis 3

80.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 gets 124.3 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

124.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

56.4 FPS

Just Cause 4

83.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

49.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

75.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

49.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

82 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

66.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

101.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

85.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

131.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

62.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

96.8 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

53.5 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

82.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

38.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

58.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

53.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

96 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

63.3 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

97.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

63.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

97.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

152.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

176 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

39 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

60.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

44.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

58 FPS

Far Cry 5

70.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

109 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

85.8 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

132.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

40.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

62.8 FPS

Battlefield V

84.9 FPS

Battlefield V

111.7 FPS

The Division 2

50.2 FPS

The Division 2

77.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

68 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

104.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

39 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

60.1 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

54.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

108 FPS

The Witcher III

43.7 FPS

The Witcher III

67.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

27.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

42.9 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

77.2 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

119.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

65 FPS

Battlefield 1

100.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

43 FPS

Far Cry 5

66.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

103 FPS

The Division 2

53.2 FPS

The Division 2

64.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

34.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

53 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

19.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

30.6 FPS

The Witcher III

29.9 FPS

The Witcher III

43 FPS

Crysis 3

25.2 FPS

Crysis 3

46 FPS

Just Cause 4

19.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

33.4 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

21.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

33.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

38 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

19.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

30.6 FPS

Battlefield 1

39.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

66 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

36 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

24.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

38.2 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

29 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

25.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

38.7 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

21.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

33.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

24.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

37.3 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

39.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

61.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

18.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29 FPS

Metro: Exodus

16.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

24.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

23.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 gets 36.7 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

36.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

29.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

45.8 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

13.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

20.9 FPS

Battlefield V

39.2 FPS

Battlefield V

49.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

37 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

57.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

19.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

29.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

45 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1544 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1759 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-300-A1Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date18 Aug 2016vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
7.5
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3840x2160
5.7
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs2560
Actual Shader Performance97%vs100%
Technology16nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs160
Texture Rate111.2 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs64
Pixel Rate74.1 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is an Overclocked variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 which is currently the entry level Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1544MHz and goes up to 1759MHz, when Boost mode is activated.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is a high performance graphics card that can run triple AAA games from 2016 at 1080p on very high graphic settings and delivering 60+ frames per second. At a screen resolution at 1440p is will run these same games on high/medium at 60 fps. The 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures that this card can deliver, making it less future proof as more GPU memory hungry games are released. This is a small form card that will be perfect for those wanting to conserve space inside their build.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-3820 4-Core 3.60GHz
Intel Core i7-970 6-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6274
Intel Xeon Processor E3-1241 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2
Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Intel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce RTX 2060 6GB
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
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