ASUS GTX 1060 OC Edition 6GB at 9 Gbps Graphics Card Review: Page 9 of 11
Posted by Paul Malfy on Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 8:00am
There were 8 games tested. A mix of newer titles and a few older ones, but no older than 2013. They were tested in 1080p, 1440p, 3440 x 1440 and 4k. All games were played at their High presets. However, one side note. GTA V was set to high, with the advanced graphics turns off. Each benchmark run was timed at 120 seconds, ran three times each, then averaged out to get the final results. The games are as listed.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of Mordor
The Witcher 3
Watch Dogs 2
I used games that tend to be more graphically demanding. For example, Crysis 3. Even though it was released in 2013, it is still to this day, one of the most graphically demanding games on the market. Not to mention, one of the most beautiful games and one of the most popular games to benchmark. Shadow of Mordor is also a gorgeous game. Especially with its 4k textures pack added, this game is still demanding. However, it’s beginning to show its age. Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most successful games ever. At launch on PC, it was one of the most well optimized games with a massive array of graphics options, including over 25 separate customizable graphics settings. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the very successful 2013 reboot of the franchise. Thief was yet another excellent reboot to a classic franchise. Thief is one of the best optimized games in my suite. Its steampunk dystopian city is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever explored in a game. Its beauty is only matched by how graphically demanding it is. It’s personally my favorite game I test. The Witcher 3 is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played in and puts a beating on your GPU. Battlefield one is the newest game in the Battlefield franchise and looks amazing. Surprisingly, Watch Dogs 2 was the most demanding game that I tested. These are the games that all my graphics cards will be benchmarked with and I’ll add more as I pick up the newer titles and swap out the older ones. I feel it’s a good mix of new and older titles, all that can put a strain on a GPU.
All games stayed well above 60 FPS in 1080p.
Even on 1440p, the ASUS GTX 1060 did very well. Only the newer titles fell below 60 FPS. Watch Dogs 2, The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider all averaged below 60 FPS.
The results for 3440 x 1440 were like the 1400p result, only slightly lower averages all around. If only by a few FPS in some games.
Although most games were below 30 FPS in 4K, if the setting were lowered, most games would have been very playable.
Every game I tested stayed well above 60 FPS in 1080p. Watch Dogs 2 having the lowest average at 65 FPS, as is the case with all resolutions. Grand Theft Auto V did best with an average FPS of 130. This card could easily handle many games maxed out in 1080p. In 1440p, Shadow of Mordor had the highest average at 90 FPS, and Watch Dogs 2 the lowest again at 43 FPS. In 3440 x 1440, Watch Dogs 2 averaged 37 FPS for the lowest average. GTA V had the highest average with 70 FPS. In 4k, this card had a rough time, but remember all games are still running their high presets. However, 3 games did stay above 30 FPS in 4k. GTA V did best with an average of 45 FPS, then Crysis 3 with 38 FPS and Shadow of Mordor with 34 FPS. Again, Watch Dogs 2 was the lowest average with only 22 FPS.