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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 10% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 0% 54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 49%
FIFA 21 45% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 49%
Watch Dogs Legion 6% 62%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 57% 141%
Grand Theft Auto VI 54% 136%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4% 59%
Genshin Impact 10% 68%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition.

The GTX 1060 has a 329 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 33.1 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 GTX 1060 has a 329 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 34.6 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 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 1060 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 1060 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1060 has 80 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1060 is much better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 1969 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714. The GTX 1060 having 255 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1060 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

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 3GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 19 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

19 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

27 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 31.9 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

31.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 33.5 FPS on Control

Control

33.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 35.4 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

35.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 35.5 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

35.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 36.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

36.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 37.4 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

37.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 39 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

39 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 39.7 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

39.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 41 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

41 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 47 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

47 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 47 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

47 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 49.7 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

49.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 51 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

51 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 53 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

53 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 53.8 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

53.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 54 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

54 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 54.8 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

54.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 55.8 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

55.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 57 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

57 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 57 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

57 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 59.6 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

59.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 61.3 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

61.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 62 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

62 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 62.7 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

62.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 65.6 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

65.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 66 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

66 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 69.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

69.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 75.6 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

75.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 17 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

17 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 17.6 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

17.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 19.3 FPS on Control

Control

19.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 23.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

23.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 23.8 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

23.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 24.6 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

24.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

27 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27.7 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27.9 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

27.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 31 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

31 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 31.9 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

31.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 32.1 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

32.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 34.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

34.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 34.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

34.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 35.5 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

35.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 43 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

43 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 47.5 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

47.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 50.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

50.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 61.8 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

61.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 64 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

64 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 8.7 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

8.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 9.4 FPS on Control

Control

9.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 12.2 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

12.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 13 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

13 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 14.6 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

14.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 14.7 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

14.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 14.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

14.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 16.9 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

16.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 17.3 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

17.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 17.3 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

17.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 18.6 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

18.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 22 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

22 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 23.7 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

23.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 32.1 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

32.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 40.3 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

40.3 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1240 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-300-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date18 Aug 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
8.2
2560x1440
7.5
green tick vs
6
3840x2160
5.6
green tick vs
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs1024
Actual Shader Performance95%vs82%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs64
Texture Rate108.4 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 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 i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 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 1506MHz and goes up to 1708MHz, 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 3GB is capable of playing most modern game system requirements at high graphics settings. The 3GB version is normally around 5% worse than the GTX 1060 6GB full fat version in terms of sheer processing power. But its the 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures this card can deliver, making it less future proof as more GPU memory hungry games are released.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Zotac.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1177MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1240MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Zotac's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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