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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Review - Is it the New Mid-Range Champion?

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

This is our new section for video card reviews, with DX12 and VR becoming a huge deal over the course of the last 12 months. We have just a handful of DX12 tests right now, so expect this section of the site and our reviews to grow considerably over the coming months.

 

The same goes for VR, where we have both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in house now. We will be testing VRMark for now, which is in Preview form, as well as our thoughts on VR gaming on the HTC Vive with the new GeForce GTX 1080 video card.

 

 

DirectX 12 Performance

 

We have Ashes of the Singularity and Hitman with DirectX 12, with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition losing to AMD's Radeon RX 480 in Hitman, but just edging out the RX 480 in Ashes of the Singularity.

 

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Overclocking Adventures - 2.1GHz Boost = No Problems

 

With NVIDIA stating that their GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition would hit 2.1GHz without a problem, I expected the GTX 1060 Founders Edition to not have that much overclocking headroom. But, boy was I wrong. The GP106 GPU hits 1.7GHz boost out of the box, but I was able to get my sample to 2.1GHz boost without a problem.

 

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If I bumped it up by another 20MHz, it was unstable, so 2100MHz or so was rock solid. This provided more performance and didn't have the card using too much more power. The entire system was using 190W, while the overclocked card had the total system drawing 200W.

 

The additional performance was welcomed, as you can see in our 3DMark FireStrike benchmarks:

 

 

 

3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p

 

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

 

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3DMark Fire Strike Ultra - 4K (3840x2160)

 

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