The GTX 1060 family features Pascal GP106-400 core, which makes it one of a kind – it is more advanced than the GM206 (installed in GTX 960 models) but it is one tier lower than the GP104 that comes in GTX 1070 and 1080 cards.
All of this means that the card isn’t exactly the top performer in gaming, which is one of the reasons why it is so cheap compared to higher tier cards. While there is always a crazy deal here and there, here’s a price pattern I’ve noticed:
GTX 1060: $ 400-500 USD
GTX 1070: $ 700 USD
GTX 1070 Ti: $ 800 USD
GTX 1080: $ 900 USD
GTX 1080 Ti: $ 1200+ USD
Now, does the difference reflect the mining performance one? Well, not really. You can check my GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 reviews to know exactly what hashrates we are talking about and then compare those to the GTX 1060 mining performance test results I’m listing below.
All of this makes the GTX 1060 one of the best mining GPUs as for today. This might change tomorrow though, so make sure you do your own research first. For instance, GTX 1060 prices escalated from $250-300 USD per card to a whooping $500-600 USD in the past 4 months and nobody said this trend will stop now.
I’ve tried this card and I can say for sure that it performs well for its price. Say, if I compare it to a GTX 1070Ti I get 10% lower hashrate with the same hashrate/power consumption ratio at half the price (A new MSI GTX 1070Ti costs about $ 1.500 USD on Newegg). As for today, the MSI GTX 1060 is probably the only GTX 10xx GPU that has a 1 year ROI when mining Ethereum and some other well-known coins.
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