GTX 1060 3GB VS RTX 2070 8GB Benchmark Results – Old And New Graphics Cards Tested

1060 3GB vs 2070 8GB benchmark review

GTX 1060 3GB vs RTX 2070 8GB benchmarks are practically non-existent at this point. Most people consider Nvidia’s incremental GPU upgrades to replace the last card in its number range, but for gamers looking to spend a little more on their GPU than last time, the relevant benchmark material just isn’t there.

That’s why instead of heading off to the arcade we have near the city of Manchester on this Friday evening, I decided to take the plunge by swapping out my 1060 3GB for a shiny new RTX 2070 8GB to get some solid benchmark numbers for those looking to make a similar purchase.

I benchmarked a handful of popular modern games to put the two cards through their paces and can comfortable come to this conclusion; the RTX 2070 is, as many would suggest, the best option for 1440p gaming right now. Other cards, like the Vega 64, might challenge it in a price to performance ratio, but the additional features granted by the RTX framework coupled with Nvidia’s superior hardware encoder makes the RTX 2070 the answer to the question of “which graphics card is best for 1440p gaming”.

GTX 1060 3GB vs RTX 2070 8GB PC Benchmark Machine

I’m a mid-spec gamer through and through. I don’t have an expensive Intel chip in my system, there’s no overclocking to speak of, and the tiny Node 202 I’ve crammed it all into doesn’t exactly scream high performance. I don’t have the funds, space, or eye for RGB to make a monster gaming rig.

The point of this comparison is to highlight the FPS increase someone can expect when going from a low-mid tier GPU like the 1060 3GB to the new mid-high tier 2070 8GB. It’s like a payday treat to the gamer who’s had enough of lowering their settings in newer titles and wants to (or already has) upgraded to a 144Hz and/or 1440p screen and needs a beefy GPU to run it without completely wiping out their bank accounts.

Here’s a brief rundown of the PC’s vital components

  • AMD Ryzen 5 1500X @ 3.5GHz (stock)
  • 32GB (2x 16GB) Crucial Ballistics Sport @2666 Mhz (XMP1)
  • EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC OR Founder’s Edition RTX 2070 8GB
  • Fractal Design 550W SFX PSU


GTX 1060 3GB vs RTX 2070 8GB PC Benchmark Results

To apply this kind of GPU upgrade to real-world expectations, I benchmarked both cards across multiple modern single-player and eSports/competitive games like Overwatch, Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2, Anthem, and Monster Hunter World. All titles were run with the “High Performance power plan in Windows.

These numbers should not be taken as gospel but should help to measure expectations for those looking into a similar upgrade on a similar machine. All titles were tested at both 1080p and 1440p, but not all were run at max settings due to the limitations imposed by the 3GB memory limit of my GTX 1060.

As we can see, 1440p is clearly where the RTX 2070 and its far greater 8GB frame buffer comes into play, speeding way ahead of the GTX 1060. Back down to 1080p, however, the gains aren’t quite so obvious. Due to the eSports/competitive focus of many of the games tested, CPU bottlenecks will threaten to limit more powerful cards at lower resolutions. Take a look back at titles like Monster Hunter World and Resident Evil 2, however, and you’ll see the RTX 2070 8GB often managed more than a 100% FPS increase over the low-spec GTX 1060 3GB.

GTX 1060 3GB vs RTX 2070 8GB – Is It Worth It?

I’m still inclined to question the value proposition of the regularly priced £550 Founders Edition RTX 2070 8GB, but for people like me who’ve grown tired by constantly skirting the minimum requirements of newer titles, or for those wanting to boost their games up to 1440p, it’s a great card provided you pick up one of the much cheaper third-party varients for around £100 cheaper than Nvidia’s gorgeous reference cooler.

You won’t really get much 4K milage out of this without dropping some visual flair again, but it’s a brilliant card for 1440p or 1080p 144Hz gaming and should serve you well for the next 3-4 years minimum.

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