Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 vs GTX 1080 Comparison Review

In this GTX 1060 vs 1080 comparison article, we look at two Nvidia GTX 10 series graphics cards to determine which offers the best value.

The GeForce GTX 1080 is the third fastest card in the GTX 10 series after the Titan X and GTX 1080 Ti. The GTX 1060, on the other hand, is a mid-range performance card which currently holds the title of the most popular GPU. The GTX 1080 provides more power than the GTX 1060. But how much power do you really need? Read on to find out which GPU is the best for you.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The GTX 1060 is a popular mid-range performance card that was released by Nvidia in July 2016. That makes it about 2 months newer than the top of the line GTX 1080. The  GTX 1060 lies between the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1070 in terms of performance. Therefore, 1080p resolution gaming is its current best use.

The card features 1280 shaders and it operates at a base frequency of 1506 MHz and 1708 when in boost mode. It uses a maximum of 6 GB GDDR5 type RAM clocked at 8000 MHz. The memory is connected via a 192-bit bus bringing the total bandwidth to 192.2 GB/s.

Which is less than the 1080’s 320 GB/s. the card features DirectX 12.0 (12_1) and OpenGL version 4.6 APIs. The GeForce GTX 1060 exists in two versions, the full 6GB variant and a later version with 128 fewer shaders and 3 GB RAM memory. The 6GB version is used in this GTX 1060 vs 1080 article since we are comparing it against a stronger card.

Here’s the highest rated GTX 1060 graphic cards

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

The GTX 1080 is the third fastest Pascal based GPU after the high-end Titan X and the GTX 1080 Ti. it was released in May 2016. It is based on the Pascal architecture and built on the GP104 chip using 16 nm FinFET process at TSMC. The GTX 1080 is over 65% faster than its predecessor the GTX 980, this places it at the high-end space. This means it is capable of running most titles at high settings in 4k resolution.

The card features 2560 shader processors provided by the GP104 chip. It runs at a base clock of 1607 MHz and at 1733 MHz boost clock. The card uses a maximum of 8GB of the faster GDDR5X memory type via a 256-bit bus interface. The memory speed is clocked at 10000 MHz although there exists a supercharged 1080 with 11000 MHz. this brings the total bandwidth to 320 GB/s.

Benchmark comparison

The benchmarks prove that the GTX 1080 is the powerful card. In the Passmark non-gaming test, the GTX 1080 scored 40% higher than the GTX 1060 6 GB. With the gaming tests by UserBenchmark, the 1080 had an average of 201 fps in CS GO at 1080p in max settings.

In PUBG, it provided an average of 89 fps compared to 68 fps by the 1060. In GTA V the GTX 1080 averaged at 94 fps against the 1080’s average of 61 fps.


The GeForce GTX 1080 is obviously a better card than the GTX 1060, but it is also pricier. If you want to play at 1080p, the best card for you is the GTX 1060 6GB. The GTX 1080 is meant for gaming at 1440p and above. That’s all for our GTX 1060 vs 1080 comparison, ask us any question regarding this topic in the comment section.