Nvidia recently unveiled their new mid-range performers that will directly compete against AMD’s Radeon RX 480. Nvidia is currently ruling the GPU market with its elite performers GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070; however with AMD stepping in with its own graphics card to cater to the mid-range market, Nvidia saw it fit to unveil a mid-range GPU for the budget-conscious gamers. The latest GPU bears a price-tag of $250; however we will be reviewing the $300 Founders Edition cards.
Nvidia claims that the GTX 1060 will perform an outstanding 15% faster than the AMD’s RX 480 and will be as fast as the company’s flagship graphics card from 2 years ago, that is GTX 980. We will be putting these big claims to a test.
The gorgeously designed cards use a die-cast aluminum body finish which is coupled with a radial fan that exhausts the heat from the back of the case. Further, the card is furnished with two copper heat pipes along with an aluminum heatsink to keep the card cool. The card has been claimed to run smoothly even on overclocked speeds of 2GHz.
Since it’s a Pascal card, it will support Nvidia’s graphical technologies which include simultaneous multi-projection (SMP), VRWorks Audio, and Ansel.
In terms of dimensions, it measures 4.3×9.8 inches. Further, the card is two-slot having 3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b connection, and 1x dual-link DVI option. Something disappointing, however, is the lack of SLI, which means you won’t be able to pop in another card to get more performance.
GeForce GTX 1060 is built upon the Pascal microarchitecture and 16nm FinFET production process just like its older brothers the GTX 1080 and 1070, however unlike those cards the GTX 1060 has a new GP106 GPU which is placed for power efficiency.
GTX 1070 has more cores, texture units, Transistors, and Teraflops than GTX 1060, however, the GTX 1060 has the same core clock speeds as GTX 1070 while featuring a higher 1708MHz boost clock.
GTX 1060 also features a low thermal design power (TDP) and needs a six-pin power connector for a power supply of 120 watts. A PSU of 400-watt is recommended to complement the card.
Nvidia’s claims about being faster than AMD’s Radeon RX 480 are true as this turned out to be the number in our benchmark tests. However, the $240 8GB RX 480 is cheaper than the card we reviewed so AMD still offers better value for money. Compared to other Pascal cards, the GTX 1070 for instance, GTX 1060 is an exact 23.1 percent slower.
Overall, the GTX 1060 is ideal for 1080p gaming and offers good VR performance, doesn’t scream on overclocking and keeps its cool. The card lacks SLI support, however, it is still recommended for most PC gamers.