Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2023. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. 437 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is running Far Cry 6 and delivering weak performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 23 frames per second. Comparing this to Forza Horizon 5 which is getting playable results, where it averages 30 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Battlefield 2042, which is running at 12 frames per second.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB at 1440p with Far Cry 6, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 46 FPS, Medium: 36 FPS, High: 25 FPS and Ultra: 18 FPS. We then checked out Forza Horizon 5 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 60FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. And another popular game was Battlefield 2042 that returned L: 24FPS, M: 19FPS, H: 13FPS, U: 9FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB was released on 18 Aug 2016
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB
Pascal P106-300-A1
Texture Rate
127 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
84 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
7680 x 4320
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1544 MHz
Boost Clock
1759 MHz
Max Power
120 Watts
400 Watt & 27 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
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GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB Game Requirement Analysis

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Source [ ebarr21 ]