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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Mining Performance Review

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The GTX 1060 is one of the newer GPUs released by Nvidia as an upgrade to their oldest mid-high tier GPUs. It is interesting that the cheaper and smaller GTX 1050/ti are manufactured using the top-notch 14nm technology, while the GTX 1060 use the 16nm one which is usually considered slightly worse.

However, this does not prevent the GTX 1060 from having huge overclocking potential and be overall great GPUs for mining.

GTX 1060 Series Specs:

  • GPU Architecture: Pascal
  • Memory Speed: 8 Gbps
  • Boost Clock – Relative: 1.4x
  • Boost Clock – Actual: 1708 MHz

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

  • NVIDIA CUDA® Cores: 1280
  • Frame Buffer: 6 GB GDDR5
  • Boost Clock – Relative: 1.4x
  • Boost Clock – Actual: 1708 MHz

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB   

  • NVIDIA CUDA® Cores: 1024
  • Frame Buffer: 3 GB GDDR5

Hashrate and Performance

It’s time to get to the meat of the review – the hashrates. Sadly, the GTX 1060 3GB version does not work with Ethereum. As you probably know, 3GB GPUs cannot longer store the DAG file, which keeps growing in size with every new DAG epoch. There is no way around that, so in this article I will be reviewing the GTX 1060 3GB merely in the context of zCash mining.

GTX 1060 6GB Stock and Overclocked

The GTX 1060 6GB features okay stock frequencies, but the real fun starts with overclocking. Compared to the GTX 1050Ti I reviewed before, the GTX 1060 has amazing overclocking potential. In this setup we are using Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB on Claymore’s Dual Ethereum AMD+NVIDIA GPU Miner v9.6, EWBF’s CUDA Zcash miner, Nvidia Optimised Ethminer and Nicehash.

Ethereum hashrate on stock settings is 19 Mh/s with a power consumption of 100W. Card’s working temperature is 68C (154.4 F).

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mining Performance Stock Clocks

system power draw is 35w

The card memory can be overclocked up to 4,700 MHz* (+925), which makes Ethereum hashrate reach the 23.7 – 25 Mh/s mark. While this will drive power consumption to 120 W, this will still make the card more profitable to mine, considering today’s Ethereum price and mining difficulty, and electricity cost of $ 0.1 per KW/h.

At this point, it is worth mentioning that the GTX 1060 fan does a great job by keeping the card at 56C with 65%.

The card can be further overclocked up to 10 GHz which will result in better hashrate, but this proved to be unstable.

(*) This can be achieved only by using the MSI Afterburner utility or similar.

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 GTX 1060 6GB – Underpowered

For those of you who live in Connecticut, New Jersey or other places where electricity is rather expensive, you might prefer to lower the power target of the card in addition to overclocking it.

By lowering the power target you will see how the hashrate goes down too; however, hashrate drop is really low compared to power savings. By cutting power usage by -30% (70%) you lose only 0.3 MH/s, which means that now your card will output 23.5 – 24.7 Mh/s while drawing 80 Watts from the wall. Make sure you leave the memory clock at 4,700 MHz* (+925).

Even with electricity cost of $ 0.1 per KW/h this setup is more profitable than leaving the power target at 100%. Besides, lowering the power target drops the GPU temperature to 58C (136 F), which means that you can turn off the fan safely so the card becomes 100% silent.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mining Performance Overclocked

Mining Ethereum Only

Claymore Ethereum Miner

  • Mining Hashrate 23.5 Mh/s
  • Clocks +107/+918
  • Power Limit 65%
  • Power draw from wall 75w

Nvidia Optimised Ethminer Miner

  • Mining Hashrate 25 Mh/s
  • Clocks +100/+935
  • Power Limit 65%
  • Power draw from wall 80w

start.bat file for claymore: EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:4444 -ewal ETHEREUM_WALLET.WORKER_NAME -epsw x -tstop 80

start.bat file for ethminer: ethminer -U -S eu1.ethermine.org:4444 -O ETHEREUM_WALLET.WORKER_NAME –cuda-parallel-hash 4

Dual Mining Ethereum Decred / Siacoin with Overclock (Claymore Ethereum Miner)

Ethereum + Decred
  • Mining Hashrate: Ethereum 22.7 Mh/s – Decred 227.5 Mh/s
  • Clocks +107/+918
  • Power Limit 80%
  • Power draw from wall 95w

Profits (1 ETH $243.07 – 1 DCR $35.5)

Ethereum + Siacoin
  • Mining Hashrate: Ethereum 22.7 Mh/s – Siacoin 227.5 Mh/s
  • Clocks +107/+918
  • Power Limit 80%
  • Power draw from wall 95w

Profits (1 ETH $243.07 – 1 SC $0.01079458)

start.bat file for ethereum + decred: EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:4444 -ewal ETHEREUM_WALLET.WORKER_NAME -epsw x -dpool dcr.suprnova.cc:3252 -dwal USERNAME.WORKER-dpsw WORKER_PASS -tstop 80

start.bat file for ethereum + siacoin: EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:4444 -ewal ETHEREUM_WALLET.WORKER_NAME -epsw x -dpool stratum+tcp://sia-eu1.nanopool.org:7777 -dwal SIACOIN_WALLET.WORKER_NAME -dcoin sia -tstop 80

Mining ZCash (EWBF’s CUDA Zcash miner)

start.bat file for zcash: miner –server eu1-zcash.flypool.org –port 3333 –user WALLET_ADDRESS.WORKER_NAME –pass x

Profits (1 ZEC $254.9)

Nicehash Mining Hashrate and Profits

  • NeoScrypt (experimental) 0.413 Mh/s = 0.00036166 BTC/Day
  • Lyra2REv2 (ccminer) 21.320 Mh/s = 0.00052435 BTC/Day
  • DaggerHashimoto (ethminer) 21.454 = 0.00076054 BTC/Day
  • Decred (ccminer) 1.655 GH/s = 0.00052670 BTC/Day
  • Lbry (ccminer) 0.180 GH/s = 0.00060205 BTC/Day
  • Equihash (excavator) 280.127 H/s = 0.00061640 BTC/Day
  • Pascal (excavator) 0.618 GH/s = 0.00023532 BTC/Day
  • X11Ghost (ccminer) 4.895 Mh/s = 0.00035185 BTC/Day
  • X11Ghost (ccminer_alexis) 8.193 Mh/s = 0.00058889 BTC/Day

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in stock

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6GB
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX OC Edition 6GB
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6GB

6x GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mining Rig Monthly Earnings

Ethereum Dual Mining Decred
  • Ethereum hashrate: 136 Mh/s = $392.43/Month ; ETH 1.81 mined/month (1 ETH $ 243.07)
  • Decred Hashrate: 1,365 Mh/s = $38.43 (1 DCR $35.50670234)
  • 6x GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Power consumption: around 650w (recommended 850w – 1000w PSU)
  • Power Cost per Month: $46
  • Current profit: $430.86 (sunday, july 9, 2017)
Ethereum Dual Mining Siacoin
  • Ethereum hashrate: 136 Mh/s = $392.43/Month ; ETH 1.81 mined/month (1 ETH = $ 243.07)
  • Siacoin Hashrate: 1,365 Mh/s = $35.12 (1 SC $0.01079458)
  • 6x GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Power consumption: around 650w (recommended 850w – 1000w PSU)
  • Power Cost per Month: $46
  • Current profit: $427.55 (sunday, july 9, 2017)
Zcash Mining Rig Monthly Earnings with 6x GTX 1060 6GB
  • ZCash hashrate: 1,920 Mh/s = $308.92 ; ZEC 1.41 mined/month (1 ZEC = $ 254.9)
  • 6x GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Power consumption: around 700w (recommended 850w – 1000w PSU)
  • Power Cost per Month: $46.80
  • Current profit: $308.92 (sunday, july 9, 2017)

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 GTX 1060 3GB and zCash

It is worth mentioning that the GTX 1060 works surprisingly well with zCash too. In stock settings, the 6GB version outputs about 300 Sol’s. The 3GB one outputs about 275 Sol’s with the same clocks and TDP. As usual, the EWBF ZEC miner is the best choice for zCash, since it usually allows the card to hash better.

As per today, the ROI of a GTX 1060 6GB for ETH mining is about 7 months, considering that electricity cost is $ 0.1 per KW/h. It is surprisingly how card prices are booming. Only a week ago there were several vendors offering 3GB GTX 1060 for $ 200. Now, the cheapest prices I could find are:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in stock

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual-Fan OC Edition 3GB
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Additional Info

As you know, there are several different releases of each Nvidia card depending on the manufacturer. It is confirmed that:

  • GTX 1060s that come with Samsung memory have more hashrate than those with Hynix one.
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060s have temperature issues and will need constant cooling no matter what.

In conclusion

Thanks to Nathan Kirsch for taking the time to test different frequency combinations and coming up with the ones that work the best.

While GTX 1060s might not be as desirable as the GTX 1070 series, they are still pretty much functional and have decent ROI with ETH. If you want to know more about the 1070 and the 1080/ti, I will be reviewing them soon too, so stay tuned!

PS: Additional thanks to Ed Stewart for giving me insight on DAG size and on when to expect it to hit the 3GB mark. I do read your comments and I really appreciate any constructive critics and suggestions 🙂

Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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  • Bdkminang

    Nice, it’s same like p106 right? will testing your oc on my p106.

  • Ed Stewart

    FYI the 3GB version still works perfectly fine for ETH. I use it quite successfully. In fact the 3GB version will be good until Oct/Nov 2018 if POW is still operational with ethereum. I mentioned this in an earlier note to you with a link to my table showing the growth of the DAG over time that shows approximately when the 3GB cards will no longer function with ethereum. Here is the link again for your information https://goo.gl/YHM7HY

    • Hey Ed, yeah.. i missed that.. ill check again your details and update my details.. 🙂 thanks!!

    • Juan Doe

      Hi Ed, your sheet is really good, but that calculation is real? All I see is that the 4GB cards can’t continue mining eth in October.

      • Ed Stewart

        Juan, this data comes from the Ethereum project and you can see this table by following the GitHub link on row 3. These are estimates based upon Claymore indicating that his Ethereum miner takes about 2% more storage in the DAG than the actual DAG size. Also these are estimates because the 15 second block solution time is an estimate and will vary slightly each time, adjusting difficulty level based upon actual solution duration. See row 55 Epoch 230 shows the DAG size will grown to 3GB in Nov 2018 and 4GB size is exceeded in Epoch 345 in July of 2020.

    • David Bueno

      I read a recent post that claimed that 3GB GPUs no longer support mining ETH.
      EDIT/ I HAVE READ THIS AND NOT TRIED FOR MYSELF. so please dont bomb me with messages that im wrong if iam 🙂

      • Ed Stewart

        Unfortunately what you read is not true. I am mining with 9 3GB 1060s and they are running just fine. As I said earlier the 3GB card will be good until Oct/Nov 2018 if eth is still POW which is highly unlikely.

        • David Bueno

          thanks for telling me! that is good to know!

  • RDL

    Would you go for a GTX 1060 or a 1070?

    • David Bueno

      i would get 1060 due to the price difference. but if i really would believe in a garantueed ROI with the 1070 I would go for those, as the hardware is yours to keep after the ROI has been reached.

  • Paulo

    My card is
    http://www.galax.com/pt/graphics-card/galax-geforce-gtx-1060-oc-6gb.html

    Hash 22,5MH/s
    Im use Simplemining
    Core +150
    Memory +1500

    • azza_

      Not all miners have the latest optimizations for 1060 gpu. Check mh/s in ethminer and claymore.

  • ParteAss GESR

    Hello I just built a 6 GPUs rig (GTX 1060 FTW) + MB TB250-BTC + 2x PSU EVGA 850 GQ + 4Gb + Intel Pentium LGA1151.

    The problem is that during the first startup of the rig it immediately turned off and off by itself.

    I haven mined anything yet – again – fist startup…

    i then removed 5 GPUs and started it with only 1 card and it kept on (no problems).

    Any ideas?

    this is a short list of what i did:
    1) built the rig
    2) connected all the components
    3) Purchased ethOS and downloaded it to my SSD –> then connected the SSD to the rig
    4) turned on the rig and then i got the failure.

    PLEASE HELP

    • Alfredo Olivas

      EthOs is only for radeon.

    • azza_

      If you plug 6 gpus into a motherborad with risers etc. – it will not work for the first time (most of the time).

      0. turn off the psu-s.
      1. unpug all risers and cards and ssd.
      2. start the motherboard and update bios to the latest from an usb stick
      3. configure the settings of your motherboard
      4. plug in the gpu-s one by one, check if pc starts
      5. learn usage of ethos
      6. plug in your ssd
      7. Ethos now have nvidia support.

      • David Bueno

        you are the man!!

  • William Lan

    What is the profitability difference between 1060 vs 1070?

  • Willy Iglesias

    Hi there, I have come across 2types of 1060s 6GB , a EVGA single fan and a gigabyte OC gaming g1. Which one would you recommned for Eth mining? Im getting with each around 22, 23 mhs. how do you achieve 25??? also win10 or win7 ???THANK YOU!!! greatpost

    • hmm not sure which one is better but i guess both should be good 🙂 try increasing mem clock as much as you can 🙂

  • kodokbuduk

    with nvida, we do not need to mod the bios?

    • azza_

      No.

    • David Bueno

      and also if u do mod ur vbios and lets say for example here u run into a dead gpu. it will be quite hard to speak to the person considering giving you a claim with ur warranty or not. i bet you saying you where gaming is out of the question! we all should know that modifying the bios voids your warranty

  • William Lan

    Hey dude,
    Thanks for such a great post. I’m using your settings with MSI gtx 1060 6gb.
    I’m running 6 cards, for some reason the OS is verrry laggy. I’ve ran optimize bat, page file, gen1, all that stuff but for some reason after a few minutes my 1 card drops to 1mh, and another stays 19mh. The rest @ 25mh. All the same MSI cards.

    Any tips in the right direction as to what to look at or try to fix it? Will be MUCH appreciated!!!

    • azza_

      This means that one or two of your card is way too much overclocked. In this case nvidia driver drops the card and MS becames laggy and MSI afterburner starts to eat up processors. Patiently shut down the machine and after check the cards one by one for maximum overclocking settings. Read MS event log as well, may contain useful information, and exclude your mining directory in windows defender.

      Sometimes more fan simply solves the problem. Always give at least 50% or 75% fan – most of the vram chips on these cards cooled only by airflow.

      • thank you for the explanation @disqus_OZYSKZdgTf:disqus , i also recommend 75% fan speed as standard.

        • William Lan

          yea all is good now thanks! But I cannot get my cards over 800/850 + mem clock like this post does no matter what I try. Just crashes. How do you do this???? I have the best GPU RAM Samsung and MSI cards.

          • David Bueno

            pls let us know if you managed to tweak ur cards and keep the stability.

  • Yannick N

    Hello,

    We can now find (by MSI) two models : 1060 gaming x and gaming x+ which has improved memory…
    Have you tested the two ?
    Which is better to take ?
    Thank You.

  • nsummy

    How can you expect anyone to take your advice seriously when in the 2nd paragraph you state something so blatantly wrong? You can mine Ethereum with a 3 GB card. As I type this I have a 3 GB in my computer mining away. This is an extremely basic fact.

    • Hey @nsummy:disqus, yeah i know :/ @disqus_RMrL2unN8r:disqus pointed that before, i just didn’t had the time to update and make a new research 🙁 i added a quick update just now. Thanks!

  • Hey, thank you very much for this thorough review – super helpful!

  • Mikael BERTHO

    Hi. What tool or website did you use to get stats about mining cost, profit, … like on this picture : https://i1.wp.com/1stminingrig.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GeForce-GTX-1060-6GB-Mining-Rig-ZCash-Mining-Monthly-Earnings-D.png

    Thanks

    • it is the calculator from cryptocompare

  • asd

    hey, is there anyway to watch the 1060 msi 6gb watts consumpiton by software?
    i cant see my watts consumption on gpuz and on claymore it dosnt show temps for nvidia.. i can see temps only on after burner, but i want to know how much watts im pulling, thanks

  • Emrakul Maa

    hello guys, i have 5 of gtx 1060 6gb on asrock b250 pro 4. when i dual mine using the latest claymore, i have problems, errors, etc that goes from error 999 on fan speed, to errors related to kernel and opencl. lowering the oc removes the error for a time (it restarts like once or twice a day) if i put +750 MHz on mem errors are guaranted.
    any info or help? i use creators update win 10 + 384.76 driver 🙁 thanks

    • All you can do is to find the best memory spot for each GPU 🙂 at least this is what i did..

      • Emrakul Maa

        thank you very much for your help 🙂 i have at this momento only +680 MHz and it restarts :c no errors, no crash (as of having +750) but i think it restarts like 2 times a day 🙁 any good starting point or strategy? (hwinfo doesnt shot memory errors on my nvidia cards) i am using evga and msi (and 1 gigabyte) thanks 😀

        • Emrakul Maa

          just in case, this is one of the errors it gives to me:
          cu_k02 failed 73.
          also oen that says it couldnt read the fan speed or temperature 🙁 thanks

          • David Bueno

            hi buddy! did you solve your error yet? i would love to know what was the problem if you did! thanks! 🙂

  • Pauline

    Hi there ! Thanks a lot for this awesome post!

    Got a 7 GPU rig with 6 1060 MSI Armor 6Gb and one 1060 Asus dual series 6Gb. Running on Claymore 9.7 with Nvidia driver 384.76 and Win 10 Pro @23Mh/s each

    I would like to get 24 to 25 Mh/s but I got issues when OC with Afterburner to more than 700 Mhz memory clock (with power limit 65% / temp limit 75°C / core clock to 0) and got GPU error and have to restart Claymore or reboot the rig. But when I disable the Asus GPU I can OC to more than 700 Mhz. I tried to increase the power limit and core clock but still got GPU error on the Asus card that make Claymore to crash :/

    Anybody facing issues to OC this card to more than 700 Mhz ? Anybody succeed to get more than 23 Mh/s from this card ? If yes what is your Afterburner config ?

    Should I try older Nvidia drivers ( when launching Claymore 9.7 in the first lines they recommended the 368.81 driver) ? What driver are you using ?

    Thanks!

    • Hi, usually that is the best you can get from that cards 🙂

      • Pauline

        Allright thanks ! But are you talking about the MSI one or the Asus one or the 1060 in general ?

        • David Bueno

          I also have this Asus Dual OC GTX 1060 6GB. did you manage to get more out of it yet? 🙂

    • john

      my gigabyte WF2OC gtx 1060 and zotac mini both do 23.8 MH/s @ 65% pwr/ -200 on core and +750 on memory on Claymore 9.8 and Win 10 Pro.

  • Anything By singh

    Hello everyone, i am facing some little technical issues with mining, i have 6 1060 3gb and i am trying to mine LBRY but no progress on suprnova dashboard. Can anyone help, i will pay for it.

  • Ernst Miesgang

    my 4x gigabyte windforce oc gtx 1060 6 gb rig crashes at mem clock +500. which brand do you use? has anybody found a solution for this problem?

    • john

      do you have micron/hynix memory on it? If so only Samsung memory goes above 700-800. Microns hit a wall around 8400-8800 whilst Samsung do 8800-9600. I don’t think the new gtx 1060 come with Samsung memory chip anymore.

      Looking at the results the samsung memory chip gtx 1060 used to do 19 MH/s while the ones with Hynix does only 15 MH/s ? This kind of makes me wonder if the same translates for gaming; new batch should definitely have lower performance than the last year batches? If that’s the case Nvidia is screwing with people. At least the stock performance should be similar regardless of the OC headroom.

  • Tech Subzero

    Hi there. I have problem overclocking Zotact P106-100. I plugged in 2 x P106-100, I installed nvidia graphics drivers, then when I run MSI Afterburner, it doesn’t show any numbers or graphs for my 2 cards. Can you help? Thanks.

  • Patrick Bui

    Hey Ciprian !
    Thanks for this review.

    I bought some GTX 1060 3GB but got only 15 hashrate on stock, and 19 max with OC, any idea ? I have an other 1060 but I can reach like 24,5 hr/s

    Thanks a lot!

    • john

      is the OC on memory same for both the 1060?

  • Dennis

    Hello,

    I got 6x 1060 MSI Gaming x+ 6gb gddr5 samsung with Nvidia driver 382.76 windows 10 home v1703 and claymore 9.8
    Max i can push to 21Mh/s -.-
    At ethermine pool
    Msi afterburner
    -150/+850 so 1809/2527Mhz 70%power
    I see you guys push 23-24Mh/s..
    so what could enhance performance?

    Creaters update?
    Ubuntu?
    Ethminer?
    Pool?

    Probably a dumb question but the next setting in config are only for amd cards right?

    GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 0
    GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
    GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
    GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
    GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
    ____
    Intel celeron g3900
    MSI Z270 mobo

    Cheers

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