Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB

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

This GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB graphics card is considered budget with poor modern game performance when playing anything more demanding than indie game requirements.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2022. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 395 games in todays list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Star Citizen will get 49 FPS with the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB, Back 4 Blood getting 52 FPS and Dying Light 2 predicted to get 23 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB by researching Star Citizen leading us to predict a playable performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 98FPS, M: 77FPS, H: 52FPS, U: 37FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Back 4 Blood and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Dying Light 2 which is predicted to get weak results with a 18FPS on Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB in your PC? This GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti which meets 972 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 67% better performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 59% better and can meet 961 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
63 FPS
The GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB was released on 18 Aug 2016
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB
Pascal P106-300-A1
Texture Rate
123 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
82 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
1506 MHz
Boost Clock
1708 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 Zotac Mini 3GB Game Requirement Analysis

The GeForce GTX 1060 Zotac Mini 3GB is a compact variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 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 1506MHz and goes up to 1708MHz, 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 Zotac Mini 3GB is capable of running most 2016 AAA games on 1080p screen resolution at very high graphics producing 60+ frames per second. At 1440p this card will produce 60+ fps on the same games with the graphic settings adjusted down to high/medium. 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 card's small form is perfect for those looking to save space on their build and keep things compact.

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