With such a wide range of GPUs on the market today, it can be hard to make an educated choice on what GPU is right for you. Sure, the higher-end cards get plenty of coverage. However, what about the more budget oriented cards? Everyone knows a 1080 ti will destroy anything you throw at it, but what about its smaller brother, the 1060? The card I think is one of the most under rated cards on the market today, taking a back seat to the impressive performance of the 1070. ASUS recently sent us their GTX 1060 OC Edition, with 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 9 Gbps. In theory, this card should have enough power to run any game, at high settings. So, we put the ASUS GTX 1060 OC to the test. Can it handle newer titles, at higher resolutions, or will this card be stuck running 1080p? Let’s see how it did.
ASUS’s Take on the GTX 1060 OC Edition
“ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 gaming graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II Technology with Patented Wing-Blade Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance, and Industry-only Auto-Extreme Technology for premium quality and the best reliability. VR-friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.”
- DirectCU II with Patented Wing-Blade 0dB Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance.
- NVIDIA ANSEL for a revolutionary new way to capture in-game screenshots.
- IP5X-Certified Fans for dust resistant and longer fan lifespan.
- Industry Only Auto-Extreme Technology with Super Alloy Power II delivers premium quality and best reliability.
- VR-Friendly HDMI Ports for immersive virtual reality experiences.
- GPU Tweak II with Xsplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.
A Bit About Pascal
This is a die shot of a full-fledged GP100. The 1060 is based on the GP106 GPU.
Pascal is designed to offer the highest performance for deep learning and other compute performance. Pascal is Nvidia’s successor to their 28 NM Maxwell Architecture. The Pascal microarchitecture uses the 16 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. With 150 billion transistors, Pascal is the world’s largest FinFET Chip ever built. Delivering over 5 Teraflops of double precision performance, Pascal is also the most powerful architecture ever inside of a GPU.