GTX 1060 for Overwatch Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

In this article, we look at Nvidia GTX 1060 for Overwatch gameplay. Before you finally buy the graphics card that you have been saving for, you will always want to know beforehand how it runs your favorite games before wasting your hard-earned cash.

Overwatch is a team based first person shooter game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Since its initial release on the 24th May 2016, Overwatch has attracted tens of millions of players globally and by doing so cementing itself as an icon of the gaming culture. This may be due to its global eSports competitions, seasonal events and continued support through free updates.

Overwatch graphics

Overwatch has comic graphics, which is not surprising as most titles in the Blizzard line-up share this quality besides Diablo III. This is however for a good reason. To keep the games system requirements as low as possible for most gamers have mid-range and lower graphics cards. This is part of the reasons the game has attracted that large an audience.

The game has great textures although competitors such as Star Wars Battlefront are playing on another level. Considering the graphics nature, the game looks more than decent. That being said, the game should not be a problem for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

Overwatch minimum system requirements

The Blizzard site states the minimum requirements as 64-bit Windows 7 or 8 or 10, AMD Phenom X3 8650 or Intel Core i3 processor, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU and 4 GB RAM installed. The game also requires 30 GB available hard drive space, broadband internet connection, and 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution. The GTX 1060 6GB is more than 65% faster than the minimum required GTX 460.

Overwatch recommended requirements

Blizzard recommends 64-bit Windows 7,8 or 10, AMD Phenom X3 or Intel Core i5 better, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon 7950 and 6 GB installed system RAM.  On average, the GTX 1060 is more than 106% faster than the recommended GTX 660 according to our GTX 1060 for Overwatch results.

GTX 1060 Overwatch benchmarks

According to benchmarks by TechSpot, at 1440p resolution and Ultra Quality settings, the GTX 1060 is able to provide performance in the range of the AMD Radeon R9 390X and GeForce GTX 980. It provides an average of 108 fps and a minimum of 96 fps. This makes it 20% faster than the GTX 970 and 83% faster than the GTX 960.

At 1080p, Ultra Quality game settings and 100% render scale, the GTX 1060 GPU provides smooth gameplay. It provides an average of 166 fps and a minimum of 140 fps matching the performance of GeForce GTX 980 and the Radeon R9 Nano. The benchmark tests were done using a GTX 1060-6GB GPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and Intel Core i7-6700k processor at 4.50 GHz. Therefore, other system pairings may provide different results.

 Verdict

The GTX 1060 is more than enough for playing Overwatch in the highest settings. However, you must also consider the CPU you are pairing it with to avoid bottlenecking and providing better performance. That’s all for our GTX 1060 for Overwatch guide, ask any question regarding GPUs in the comment section and we will answer.