Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India (23K)

The Nvidia GTX 1060 India Launch, Specs, Features and More 

The Nvidia GTX 1060 was unveiled by Nvidia hurriedly on 7th July 2016, to counter the AMD RX480. The best part of the new graphics card is the India Price Rs. 22,900 (Zotac Mini GTX 1060).

Notably, Nvidia shared the price of the graphics card on the Nvidia India Facebook page, so it is a confirmed news that it costs less than the AMD RX 480 (4GB version) (available for Rs. 24999 in India). 

Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India

The GTX 1060 comes as the high-end gaming solution and competes with the AMD RX 480. As per Nvidia press release information, it is 10 to 15% faster in comparison to the AMD RX 480.

Globally the Nvidia GTX 1060 is available for $230 to $249 ( Rs. 16000) (in US and other countries). Read Detailed Review – Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC: Superb Performer

The pricing is not competitive in India in comparison to the US but reasonably better to the AMD RX 480 price in India.

Nvidia has done better this time for the pricing. We were expecting AMD to price the RX 480 lower but they failed at it. In fact, AMD disappointed Indian PC Gamers with the astronomical price tag.

Later, they reduced the price by Rs. 2,000 after a lot of hues and cry.  AMD RX 480 went on sale on 29 June 2016, and Nvidia did not wait long to share the news about the GTX 1060.

It is a brilliant strategy by Jen Hsun Huang, to unveil it as early as possible.  Many Gamer’s would go with the Nvidia card over the AMD at least in India, considering the price difference.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Hardware Specs

The Nvidia GTX 1060 is based on the Pascal architecture similar to the Nvidia GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 graphics cards. It is manufactured from the 16nm manufacturing process. The GPU is actually smaller compared to the GTX 1070 and uses the GP 106 architecture compared to the GP 104 used in the GTX 1070.

The Nvidia GTX 1060 comes with 1,280 CUDA cores (half the number of the GTX 1080), a boosted clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Also, as per my conversation with Nvidia India, they stated it can easily overclock above 2.0 GHz, impressive work.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India

Besides, the Graphics card has 6 GB of GDDR5 memory which comes with 192 Bit of memory bus and consequently offers 8 GB /s of memory bandwidth.

Notably, the GPU has a very low 120W TDP and comes with a single 6 pin connector. Nvidia has recommended a 400 Watts quality power supply that will be sufficient to run the GTX 1060. On the safer side, a 500 Watts will be an ideal scenario. Gone are the days when PC gamers use to buy the 700 Watts PSU to run the AMD R9 290X for the same performance.

Also, the GTX 1060 has five display outputs: HDMI, DVI, and a trio of DisplayPorts. Stats aside, the graphics card promises to meet the performance target of the Nvidia GTX 980, which is an insanely fast GPU.

Furthermore, it comes with a base clock of 1506 and a boost clock of 1708. Additionally, it has support for the Vulcan API as well as the DirectX 12.

Nvidia is promising a  VR ready gaming experience and if you are planning to add a VR headset to your gaming RIG in near future it can be a real companion.

KEY Specs Comparison Nvidia GTX 1060 Vs 1070 Vs 1080
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1080Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Graphics CoreGP104GP104GP106
Manufacturing Process16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Transistors7.2 Billion7.2 BillionTBD
Base Clock1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
FP32 Compute9.0 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPsTBD
CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores
VRAM8GB GDDR5X8GB GDDR56GB GDDR5
Bus Interface256-bit bus256-bit bus192-bit bus
Power ConnectorSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin Power
TDP180W150W120W
India Launch Date10th June 201610th June 201619th July 2016
Launch PriceRs. 63250Rs 40800Rs 23000

Update 25-July 2016 (India Launch Details)

Nvidia has launched the new Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card on 19th July 2016 in India and the card is now available for purchase. Nvidia promised that the graphics card will be as fast as the GTX 980 and the benchmark results show that it nearly the performance in most gaming titles. It is a good thing to keep promises.

The Graphics card is significantly faster in comparison to the Nvidia GTX 970 and more importantly in comparison the AMD RX 480.

Gaming Benchmarks Nvidia GTX 1060

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The early benchmark performance for the Nvidia GTX 1060 suggests that the graphics card is 3X faster than the GTX 960 in the VR performance. Also, it is 2X faster in the gaming performance it titles such as Tomb Raider and close to 2X in the Witcher 3 and Overwatch.

Gaming Benchmark Nvidia GTX 1060 and AMD RX 480

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Data Source – hardware Canucks, Techpowerup, Tomshardware, Pc perspective. 

The early benchmarks show that the Nvidia GTX 1060 is about 10% faster in comparison to the AMD RX 480, which is a good thing for the Nvidia GTX 1060.

The major flaw is the lack of support for SLI for Nvidia GTX 1060. You cannot run it in SLI, Nvidia says the best way to run the mid-range GPU’s are single card solution and SLI is meant for enthusiast level performance cards.

Personally, I would buy a single fastest card and think this is a good approach for most Gamers in India. Having said that, having more choices is always good, I don’t really understand Nvidia’s point to remove support for SLI.

Contrastingly, the AMD RX 480 supports crossfire and the Dual RX 480 are as fast as a single GTX 1080.

DX12 and Vulcan API based Games performance difference RX 480 and Nvidia GTX 1060

With some of the benchmarks showing a lead for the AMD RX 480 (8 GB version). Also, the possibility that the RX 480 may actually do better in future can be really confusing for Gamers looking to buy the GTX 1060.

For now, the GTX 1060 is 8-10% faster in the DirectX 11 games and that is a fact and what happens in future, happens in future. We never know how optimized the games and drivers are for AMD and Nvidia when new PC gaming titles come in 2017-18.

Going by the past Nvidia is not going to lose. The tomb raider with DX 12 also proves that the GTX 1060 is quite fast and performs better in the Game.

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Hitman and Ashes of Singularity ran better on DX 12 with AMD RX 480 in comparison to the Nvidia GTX 1060.

Let’s have a look at the choices we have in terms of brands for GTX 1060.

Brands for Nvidia GTX 1060 in India 

Zotac Nvidia GTX 1060 – There are 2 cards available from Zotac, the Amp Edition, and the smaller Zotac Mini. Both don’t meet my expectations but are available cheaper in comparison to other cards. The Mini is an underperformer and right fit for people with small cabinets.

The AMP edition as per the early reviews and user feedback runs a bit hot around 80 degrees C. I prefer the more expensive better-cooled graphics card plus additional room to overclock. Zotac Mini is available for Rs. 22999 and the Zotac Amp Edition for Rs. 25,999.

Zotac Amp Edition 

Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India (23K)

Zotac Mini GTX 1060

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MSI Nvidia GTX 1060

Even MSI has two graphics cards, the MSI Armor with standard sized Cooler available for Rs. 26999. The GPU has a Boost clock of 1759 MHz.  On the other hand, there is the MSI Gaming X which comes with larger coolers and looks similar to the GTX 1070 they have launched earlier.

The graphics card costs Rs. 27,300 in the market and has an 1809 MHz (OC Mode). It can easily clock above 2000 MHz and those coolers are capable to run it without getting heated.

MSI Armor GTX 1060

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MSI Gaming X

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Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 

Furthermore, the Galax card is quite affordable and as per the media release, they have sent us it costs Rs. 23,600 in India. The graphics card comes with Boost Clock (MHz) 1759.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India (23K)

Asus Nvidia GTX 1060

The Asus Nvidia ROG STRIX-GTX1060-6G-GAMING is probably the most expensive of the lot and can set you back by Rs. 28,000, as per the initial retail price information.  The availability is yet scarce and may take some time to reach more retail and online stores.

The triple cooler card is quite long and measures 11.73 inches, you may have to check your case dimensions before buying it.

It has a higher boost clock of 1746 in the OC mode. Asus is expected to launch more models for the GTX 1060 in the market.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Specs Details Price India (23K)

Gigabyte G1 Gaming  Nvidia GTX 1060

Gigabyte is yet to share the retail price for their G1 gaming graphics card but we can expect it to be Rs. 25k to 27k for the Indian market. The graphics card has a very decent boost clock of 1847 Mhz and it comes with an 8 pin connector unlike most GTX 1060 that require a 6 Pin connector.

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The brand choice for you can vary based on your previous experience with the brand or based on the service. Also, the price can vary if you are buying it in different Geographic regions. Share your thoughts about the brand below or if you have any queries.

Related – AMD RX 480 Gets a Price Cut in India.

WHY Nvidia GTX 1060 Looks a Better Deal than RX 480 In India 

The one major reason is AMD just got the pricing wrong by a mile in India. They were selling the RX 480 at a price similar to Nvidia GTX 970 and the RX 480 offers very similar performance in comparison to the GTX 970.

The addition of GTX 1060 at a price that is Rs. 3,000 less than the AMD definitely makes Nvidia a winner as far as pricing goes. The GTX 1060 is even faster in comparison to the RX 480.

Price to Performance is Better Than AMD RX 480 in India

In addition to that, it has support for VR-WORKS which is similar to the Nvidia Gameworks program. Notably, the graphics card will have better support and performance for many games with optimizations done by game developers aligned to the Gameworks and VR-Works.

Besides, AMD RX 480 get some negative reviews for high PCI E power usage and higher temperature and noise levels in comparison to the GTX 1060. AMD may have to re-look at the pricing strategy in India and lower the price further.

Purchase Decision AMD RX 480 and Nvidia GTX 1060 India

It is not an easy call and there is no clear winner.

The price difference between both the cards AMD RX 480 (8GB ) and Nvidia GTX 1060 is close to $50 to $70. Most reviewers in US and other markets are recommending to get the RX 480 if you wish something cheaper and the GTX 1060 if you want additional 10% performance and want to pay additional $50 for the card.

Indian pricing scenario is very different and so is my recommendation. I called up some of the key retailers in Lamington road Mumbai to have a pricing comparison for both the cards and here are some of the findings.

The AMD RX 480 8GB version is selling at Rs. 28,000 (Sapphire) while the Nvidia GTX 1060 Zotac Amp Edition is available for Rs. 24,999. The cards from Asus and Gigabyte are not available even the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X that costs Rs. 27,000, is not available. Likely, they will reach the retailers in a couple of days.

At the current time, the Nvidia card is available for a lower price. It is difficult to buy the AMD RX 480 even the lure of having an 8 GB VRAM card is strong. But again the GTX 1060 performs better and is cheaper in India currently, and should be considered.

Nvidia is also likely to launch a GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti as well as flagship 1080 Ti in fall this year.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Which of these do you think is a better buy as a gtx 1060 brand and model. Considering a budget under 25000.

  2. Is gigabyte G1 model worth extra as compared to some of their cheaper siblings. G1 has some fancy features like GPU gauntlet.

    • Yes it has a decent OC capacity and good cooling … how much price difference Vs other models ?

    • In Older models like GTX 970 there was difference of approximately 5000 or more between normal and this G1 model .In India official website of gigabyte for the time being has mentioned only two models but they have yet to announce the price.

  3. Where can we buy 1060 for 22k ? in amazon.in its 25k for mini version and 27.5k for zotac amp edition !! can anyone tell other genuine places to buy this card for the correct rate

  4. I was gonna buy the gtx 970 then I saw the Rx 480. Everyone on you be was like 199$, best value for money but in India it is priced at more than double of that plus it didn’t lived up to the hype. Gonna wait for the gtx 1060 or something else. Nice articles though ,keep up the good work.

    • GTX 1060 is also launched it is a bit cheaper can expect price of 24K to 27k for different brands in India

    • Makes no different I bought a gtx 970 for the same price as Rx 480 and GTX 1060 a year back and all three are almost on par. I just cant understand why AMD and Nvidia bumped up their pricing so much.

    • Actually the 970 was launched at Rs 27000 and even the GTX 1060 (Rs 25k) but GTX 1060 is 15% faster than the 970 and almost reaches the 980 so we can say is an upgrade , India pricing is high due to taxes and duty

    • GTX 1060 is better than the RX 480 , AMD should drop once GTX 1060 goes on sale

    • AMD never priced RX 480 @ 30k..this is the work of retailer …Rx 480 8 GB will come to 20k.

    • Lets see if the price gets corrected as the GTX 1060 is also launched in India

    • Hi Mandar we cant really expect it to be priced at 23K , Nvidia has yesterday sent me the India release details which I will post soon, the price should be more that the RX480 by 2-3K at least

    • No RX 480 may become cheaper if Nvidia partners will launch the GTX 1060 at lower price…

  5. AMD has lowered RX 480 Indian pricing.
    RX 480 – 4GB is now at 23,000Rs. (plz update the article)
    Though with taxes, it might go 24.5K.

    But still…Nvidia prices in India has always been better. Almost a monopoly on it.
    Definitely will wait for GTX 1060 prices too.

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