Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Vs 6GB Performance Difference
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the cut-down version of the 6GB version and the memory is not the only thing that has been cut down. 1280 shaders drop to 1152 in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and while the price is also lower and the GPU is aimed at rivaling the RX 470, the AMD variant does have more VRAM and comes at a lower price. But does all that matter?
Nvidia has better compression and that translates well when it comes to in-game performance as you can see in this video. Nvidia claims that even with all the cut downs in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB there is only a 5% decline in performance.
That is a very small number and in theory, users should not even feel the difference when it comes to in-game performance. Check out this video to see the in-game performance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB compared to the 5 GB model as well as the 4 GB versions of the RX 480 and RX 470.
As you can see in the benchmarks the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB performs pretty close to the 6 GB version and in most cases competes with the RX 480 and RX 470 keeping in mind those GPUs have more VRAM allocated to them.
Hitman is the only case where AMD GPUs have the upper hand but that it an exception and a wildcard. The AMD cards also have a slight edge when it comes to Ashes of the Singularity but only by a slight margin.
The bottom line is that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a great option for you to consider and unless you want to play games at hyper setting and unless you are doing some graphics intensive modding to the games then you will be fine playing modern day titles at 1080p 60 FPS, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB can handle that very well.