Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 vs GTX 780 Comparison Review

In this GTX 1060 vs 780 article, we compare the Pascal-based GTX 1060 to one of the most powerful graphics cards that you could have purchased six years ago.

The Kepler cards were mighty at that time; the GTX 770 with higher clocked RAM had replaced the earlier GTX 680. The GTX 780 however, was a brand new card that had a 50% increase in cores, and they were not all enabled until the GTX 780 Ti hit the market half a year later.

During that time, the 780 was the king of the hill, but how does its performance compare against the mainstream GTX 1060? Read on to find out if an upgrade is worth it.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The GeForce GTX 1060 is a mainstream graphics card by Nvidia that was launched in July 2016. The card is built on the GP106 chip using the 16 nm manufacturing process. The GP106 chip is smaller than the GP107 used by the higher end 1070 and 1080 GPUs. However, Nvidia fitted 4400 million transistors into the 200mm2 die.

The GTX 1060 in its 6 GB variant features 1280 shaders, 48 render output processors and 80 texture mapping units. In its 3 GB variant, the shaders are cut to 1152. The standard memory configuration is 6 GB GDDR5 RAM connected using a 192-bit memory interface. The GPU operates at a base frequency of 1506 MHz that can be boosted to 1708 MHz, the memory is clocked at 8000 MHz.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780

The GTX 780 was a high-end graphics card released in May 2013 by Nvidia. It is based on the GK110 chip and built in the 28 nm process.  The card is based on the now outdated Kepler architecture.

The graphics card offers 2304 shader processing units. The core runs at a base frequency of 863 MHz but can be boosted to reach up to 900 MHz, that is about half the 1060’s clock speed. On the 561 mm2 die, Nvidia fit 7080 million transistors which is almost twice the number in the 1060.

The GPU is equipped with a standard 3 GB GDDR5 memory, although Nvidia later released a 6 GB version in September 2013. The memory is connected using a 384-bit memory interface. The memory is clocked at 6008 MHz, bringing the bandwidth to 288.4 GB/s.

Benchmarks

Here are the GTX 1060 vs 780 benchmark results. In the synthetic benchmarks by TechnicalCity, the GTX 1060 scored 14% higher than the 780 in PassMark test. Moreover, 22% higher in the 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

Using the gaming benchmarks by Techspot at 1080p Ultra quality, the 1060 averaged at 65 fps in Far Cry Primal while the 780 3 GB produced 52 fps. In Tom Clancy’s The Division, the GTX 1060 provides 67 fps compared to 44 fps. In Doom, the 1060 6 GB provides 156 fps against 102 fps by the 780 and 176 fps in Overwatch against 149 fps by the 780.

Verdict

The GTX 1060 is up to 22% faster than the 780 in most games, it uses less power and has continued driver support from Nvidia. As for the 780 and other Kepler based GPUs, they are no longer optimized for modern titles. Therefore, the GTX 1060 is the best choice. Hope our GTX 1060 vs 780 comparison was helpful, if you have any questions, ask them in the comments.