GeForce GTX 1060 Review – Packaging and Bundle
GeForce GTX 1060 Review – The Cards
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This card runs at 1645MHz core with boost up to 1873MHz. Memory sits at 2050MHz. In this 16nm Pascal GPU, there are 1280 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs, 80TMUs, 192bit memory bus and 6GB of GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 1060 Review – Software
Gainward and ASUS both provide free software tools with their cards. These allow us to monitor and tweak the products to our needs in just a few button clicks. On the ASUS side, we also get an application dedicated to lighting configuration, offering various effects for our card. As an added bonus, with the Strix card we also get a licence for Xsplit Gamecaster.
GeForce GTX 1060 Review – Performance
Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-6950X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 10 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.
NVIDIA Driver: 368.64
AMD Driver: Latest Crimson Edition
GeForce GTX 1060 Review – Conclusion
Starting with the Gainward Phoenix 1060 we have a card which looks to find a balance between tweaking the reference design and creating something a little more custom. We get a decent cooler, dual fans, reasonably compact design with custom PCB and standard power connector. The fans are low noise (and of course they are silent/off when not gaming) and Gainward do give the clocks a little boost over the reference specs, adding value. The selection of outputs is also good. As far as performance of this model goes. The temperatures are fairly standard for a card of this class of card as is power use. There was a decent amount of overclocking headroom on our sample and Gainwards software tool offered a quick and easy way to apply this.
Would we change anything about the Gainward Model? Not much really. The LED feature feels a bit tacked on with this model, rather than offering anything unique. The cooler is probably a bit too chunky for this class of card, limiting its potential for compact or small form factor builds but for its price point the Phoenix, Golden Sample edition is a very competitive product.
Moving on to the ASUS model we have a card which takes the GTX 1060 to the extreme. ASUS manage to keep the cooler width at two slots and while the card is a little longer than we would ideally like to see, they have made good use of the space with that third fan and significant heatsink. We like the ASUS approach to outputs, giving that 2nd HDMI rather than a third DisplayPort. It makes much more sense, especially for those who will look to use VR and a TV on the same system. The redesign of the card and enhanced manufacturing process add quality and the LEDs are very much a feature of this card, offering plenty of configuration options.
On the performance front, the Strix card tended to edge ahead of the Gainward model in framerates. Not by an amount which would be noticeable to the naked eye, though. Where the Strix does stand out is in thermal performance where it is noticeably cooler under load than the Gainward model, as well as the RX 480. Speaking of the 480, throughout our testing the GTX 1060’s outperformed AMDs part, even when we take into account that we were using an overclocked 8GB model of the 480.