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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Battlefield 2042 36% 55%
Grand Theft Auto VI 41% 61%
Resident Evil 8 30% 49%
Far Cry 6 45% 65%
New World 12% 1%
The Ascent 75% 100%
Back 4 Blood 30% 49%
Forza Horizon 5 21% 10%
Star Citizen 12% 0%
FIFA 22 50% 42%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.

The GTX 1060 has a 265 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960, but the GTX 960 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 960 exhibits a 38.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 1060. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1060 has a 265 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960, but the GTX 960 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 960 exhibits a 7.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 1060. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 1060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the GTX 1060 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 960.

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 GTX 960 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 1060, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 1060 has 255.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1060 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2188 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 3605. The GTX 960 having 1417 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 1060 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 1060 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960. This means that the GTX 1060 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 240 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 GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 120 Watts more than the GTX 1060 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 960 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1060.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 29.6 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

29.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 32.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

32.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 42.8 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

42.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 43.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

43.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 43.5 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

43.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 43.7 FPS on Control

Control

43.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 44.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

44.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 53.7 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

53.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 53.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

53.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 54.2 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

54.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 55.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

55.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 55.5 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

55.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 57.5 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

57.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 57.9 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

57.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 63 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

63 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 63.6 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

63.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 64.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

64.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 65.4 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

65.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 69.6 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

69.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 72.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

72.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 73.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

73.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 75.5 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

75.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 76.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

76.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 82.3 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

82.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 87.6 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

87.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 9.5 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

9.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 15.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 16 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

16 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 16.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 17.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

17.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 19.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

19.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 19.7 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

19.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 21.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

21.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 21.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

21.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 23.6 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

23.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 26.2 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

26.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 27.8 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

27.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 28.3 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 29.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

29.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 29.3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

29.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 35.3 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

35.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 43.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

43.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 18.6 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

18.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 25.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

25.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 26.2 FPS on Control

Control

26.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 28.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

28.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 30.6 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

30.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 31.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

31.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 38.4 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

38.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 45.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

45.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 52.1 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

52.1 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1241 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1304 MHz
ArchitecturePascal GP104Maxwell GM206-300-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs10 Mar 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
9.8
2560x1440
7.9
green tick vs
7.3
3840x2160
5.9
green tick vs
5.3

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed2500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth480GB/secvs224.4GB/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 Units1280vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate120.5 GTexel/svs158.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs64
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs79.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs240 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/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture and a minor revision of the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a cut-down GPU Codenamed GP104 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU amd has 10 SM activated, offering 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1709MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5X, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2500MHz. This compares to GDDR5 on the standard GTX 1060 6GB model, which operates at 2002 MHz.

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

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate that GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X offers Performance around the Level of GeForce GTX 980. As such, GeForce GTX 1060 is almost twice as fast as GeForce GTX 960.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

GPU: Changes
Check the page of [GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition](http://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=2903&graphics=GeForce%20GTX%20960%20MSI%20Gaming%204GB%20Edition) for more details.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB in SLI.
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