Just like AMD did with the launch of the Radeon RX 480, NVIDIA brings, on its new generation of video cards based on Pascal Architecture, a great advance in energetic efficiency. The GeForce GTX 1060 is a proof of that: even being based on the entry chip from Pascal series, it is faster (14% in average) than the top/mainstream model from the last generation, the GeForce GTX 970, with a smaller electrical consumption. The GeForce GTX 1060 ran cold and quiet on all tests we did. According to our benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GiB was also faster than the Radeon R9 390.
In a certain way, the GeForce GTX 1060 comes to replace the GeForce GTX 960, because on NVIDIA series, cards ending with 60 are aimed on casual players and “e-sports” users, while 70 and 80 models are targeted to enthusiasts and gamers. However, we did not compare the GTX 1060 to the GTX 960 because, besides the new model has a higher price point, the GTX 1060 is clearly way faster than the GTX 960, since it even beats the higher-end GTX 970.
All of this leads to the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GiB being an excellent choice for anyone looking for a mainstream video card capable of running games in Full HD with high quality and framerate.