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Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC Edition (9Gbps GDDR5)

Introduction, Design Features

[Editors’ Note: Be wakeful that pricing and facilities for video cards formed on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on a tangible label maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” formed on their graphics processors, that they mostly send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell some cards that belong closely to a pattern of these anxiety play (“stock boards”), as good as versions with slight differences in pier configuration, clocking, a volume and speed of onboard memory, and a cooling fans or feverishness sinks installed. Be certain a specs and ports/connections on any “partner” house you’re looking during compare what we’ve reviewed before creation any assumptions. Here, we’re reviewing Asus’ 9Gbps-memory chronicle of a GeForce GTX 1060; progressing versions of GTX 1060 cards shipped with 3GB or 6GB of 8Gbps memory. It’s also somewhat overclocked out of a box, compared to a GTX 1060 Founders Edition.]

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders EditionGeForce GTX 960GeForce GTX 970MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G.) Most of these cards have vendor-specific cooling systems and designs, while generally carrying aloft bottom clocks than a Founders Edition, that in spin led to more opening gains.

The Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC Edition we’re looking during currently adds a tiny something extra, though: faster memory.

With a recover of a GeForce GTX 1080 TiGeForce GTX 1080 Founders EditionRadeon R9 390R9 390Xoriginal Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition review, that provides under-the-hood details about how a GPU operates. This Asus label is fundamentally a same in terms of underlying silicon, solely with a aloft time speed and a faster 9Gbps memory. (More on a former in a subsequent section.)

While a hardware underneath a hood competence be similar, a Asus label is vastly opposite in coming from a GTX 1060 Founders Edition. For one, a Asus label forgoes a ventilator pattern employed by a Founders Edition, in preference of a twin fan complement for cooling…

With a ventilator design, bear in mind that a exhilarated atmosphere is mostly pushed out a behind of a framework by a backplane. With this design, you’ll wish to be certain we have a bit some-more airflow by a chassis.

Asus altered a tone scheme, as well, regulating black with red accents instead of Nvidia’s gray-and-black design. The dual cards also differ somewhat in dimensions. Asus’ label is shorter in length (8.6 inches, compared to 9.8 inches), while a Founders Edition isn’t utterly as high (4.4 inches, contra 4.9 inches). The additional half-inch of GPU cooler adhering adult could be an emanate for installing a label in a small-form-factor chassis.

The Asus label also sports a steel backplate, and impressively, notwithstanding a faster time speeds and memory, it requires usually one six-pin energy connector…

The Asus label is well-stocked with ports, too, with dual HDMI 2.0 ports, dual DisplayPorts, and a DVI port…

These ports should give users with new and aged monitors comparison copiousness of tie options.

As for onboard graphics memory, this Asus label comes with 6GB of 9Gbps memory. As we remarkable earlier, that’s a step adult from a 2016 GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition and other initial GTX 1060 cards, that used 8Gbps memory. (Note that some versions of a GTX 1060 come with usually 3GB of onboard memory; during a time of a GTX 1060’s debut, this accounted for about $40 to $50 of cost difference.) When a GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition came out a few months ago, a boost in memory speed from a 10Gbps memory in a GTX 1080 Founders Edition to 11Gbps led to large opening increases in a march of a testing.

Of course, a large partial of that was a GTX 1080 Ti GPU contra a vanilla GTX 1080, not usually a faster memory. This Asus label is creation a identical burst from a GTX 1060 Founders Edition’s RAM (from 8Gbps to 9Gbps) yet keeps a core GPU silicon a same, yet it’s a hold overclocked out of a box here. Together, those dual aspects should lead to some opening uptick. But before we pierce on to a Performance territory to see how many of a disproportion it makes, let’s speak a bit about Asus’ enclosed software.


This card, and many others from Asus, are concordant with a company’s GPU Tweak II software, a giveaway download from the company’s Web site. Among other things, it allows for one-click overclocking.

Running a program displays a Home menu, that shows that of 3 preset modes your label is using in: OC, Gaming, or Silent…

Gaming mode is a default setting, set for a bottom GPU time of 1,595MHz and a limit boost time of 1,810MHz. This info, along with other label details, can be noticed by clicking on a Info tab…

While these time speeds are already aloft than those of a Nvidia Founders Edition chronicle of a GTX 1060 (1,506MHz bottom and 1,708MHz boost), they can be pushed aloft still by switching to OC mode. This will offer a medium alleviation in time speeds, bringing a bottom time adult to 1,632MHz and a boost time to 1,847MHz. These gains in time speed translated into tiny opening gains, usually an additional support or dual in many of a gaming benchmarks.

In a experience, we also got some-more than a few black screens and diversion crashes while in OC mode, that did not make a additional few frames seem value it to us. However, those dauntless souls who wish to get a limit probable overclocking opening from this label can click on a Professional Mode symbol in a bottom-right dilemma of a Home add-on to concede for some-more accurate GPU tuning…

If this looks too intimidating, simply click a Simple Mode symbol in a bottom left dilemma of a shade to lapse to a strange shade and a relations reserve of one-click overclocking.

In further to OC and Gaming modes, we can also set your graphics label to Silent mode, that slows down a time to revoke feverishness and fan noise. This mode is dictated for when we are examination a movie, listening to music, or usually wish to make certain your label is using sensitively (although, in a experience, a label was flattering quiet, even underneath load).

Finally, subsequent to this window is another, smaller one that displays stream information about your card’s time speed, temperature, and a like…

Also accessible from Asus in tie with this label is a XSplit Gamecaster software, that allows for streaming and recording of diversion play. It enables an conceal that shows live info about your graphics card, such as time speed and temperature, and it has GPU Tweak II controls integrated in it, as well. Users who fist this and certain other subordinate cards from Asus can get possibly a 14-day giveaway hearing or a one-year permit for free. This GTX 1060 label qualifies for a one-year license; however, users contingency go by a byzantine emancipation routine to validate for it. If this interests you, check a sum on Asus’ Web site, as sum of a offer could change.

That about covers a GPU Tweak II software. We suppose that many folks will have tiny need to download a utility. The assuage instability we saw in OC mode seemed frequency value a teenager opening increases, and a label was still adequate that switching to Silent mode should not make many of a difference. Those who wish to fist a limit opening probable out of this label might wish to disaster around in Professional Mode, yet differently many users will substantially use this program little. Still, if we wish to experiment, it is well-designed and easy to use.

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