GTX 1060 3 GB: A Complete Featured Review.

Hey guys, today we are going to take a look at the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual fan overclocked 3GB version and see how it performs in some games and benchmarking tools. Inside the box, we have the graphics card, driver CD, and setup information. I recommend downloading the latest drivers from Nvidia rather than using the included CD, which is likely out of date.

Let us take a quick physical look at what the card has to offer. As you may have noticed the whole plastic shroud is completely white. On the front of the card, there are two black fans to keep things cool. There is no backplate on the back of the board, which I suppose is expected at this price point. On the rear of the card we can see that this is a two slot card, and for display options, it has got two Display Ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and one DVI-D connector.

There is not much on the top other than some subtle ASUS branding and the 6-pin power connector. The dimensions of the card are 4.3 x 24.2 x 13 cm, and it weighs about 590g or 1.3lb. In terms of specs, the card has 1,152 CUDA cores, an 8,008MHz memory clock with 3GB of GDDR5 memory, a 1,594MHz base clock, and a 1,809MHz boost clock in OC mode.

That’s all well and good, but how does the card perform? I’m glad you asked! To determine this, I’ve run a series of benchmarks, including some games followed by synthetic tests. First I want to note that I am not using G-Sync here, as the panel that I am using does not support it. I’m also using the latest drivers from Nvidia to date which is version 376.33. For reference, the system that I’m running this card in has an Intel 6700K CPU, and 16GB of DDR4 memory at 2133MHz. GTA 5 I have disabled VSync and ran my test with FXAA on, and MSAA set to 8x with a 1080p resolution using Direct X 11. With these settings, I was able to get an average of 83 frames per second. In the Witcher 3, I used the Ultra preset, disabled VSync and NVidia Hairworks and again ran at a 1080p resolution. With these settings, I was able to get an average of 55 frames per second.

While in Shadow of Mordor with ultra settings at 1080p we averaged 89 FPS. Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming results previously shown. In Heaven benchmark with the quality set to ultra, tessellation set to extreme, and anti-aliasing set to x8 at 1080p, the 1060 averaged 61 FPS. It’s a similar story in Valley benchmark, with the quality set to ultra and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1060 averaged 67 FPS. I ran both the Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks from 3DMark and got pure graphics scores of 12,612 and 3,765 respectively.

Great, so it sounds like the card runs alright, but how hot did it get? During my testing, the hottest the card ever got was 77 degrees celsius in my room with an ambient temperature of 23 degrees celsius. The fans didn’t get noticeably loud either, so you could keep it even cooler if you don’t have any problems with extra noise. I ran some of the tests again with the fans maxed out to 100%, the maximum the card got to was 64 degrees celsius though of course, it was a lot louder. The results also didn’t change, as the card must not have been thermal throttling. While performing the benchmarks or even just playing games there was a slight but noticeable coil whine; however, I did have the whole system running on the desk next to me. I wasn’t able to notice it at all with my headphones on. For around $220 USD I think this card offers great performance, especially when compared to the same 1070 from ASUS which is almost double the price. It performed well during my testing and was capable of running recent games at respectable frame rates, and while it was starting to get a little warm this can easily be fixed by bumping up the fan speed as mentioned. So what did you guys think about the ASUS GTX 1060 Dual Fan 3GB graphics card? Be sure to let me know your thoughts down in the comments, and leave a like on the video if you found it useful. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future videos like this one.

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