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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

Less Than 200W Under Load

 

NVIDIA has absolutely owned the power efficient GPU game since it revealed its Maxwell architecture with the announcement of the GeForce GTX 980, and has continued its efforts with Pascal and into the GeForce GTX 1060. With a 120W TDP, it's the best power/performance graphics card on the market. Our entire Core i7-5960X test bed with the GTX 1060 consumed 190W while under 100% load, which is great.

 

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If we consider the GeForce GTX 1070 has a 150W TDP, the GTX 1060 has lowered that bar down to 120W, so you could easily power your entire PC with next-gen components and not need anything more than a quality 350W PSU. Unfortunately, there's no SLI support on the GeForce GTX 1060, so you could buy a PC with a 350W PSU and never need to worry about upgrading the power supply as you can never buy another GTX 1060 and move to an SLI system.

 

 

To compare the GeForce GTX 1060 and our full system using 200W under load, AMD's new Radeon RX 480 used 250W in our system with the original 16.6.2 drivers I used during my review. The new 16.7.1 drivers have reduced the power draw with its new Compatibility Mode, reducing the total system power draw to around 220W. Still, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 is both faster, and more power efficient than AMD's new Radeon RX 480.

 

 

Temperature & Noise

 

Just like the rest of the Pascal-based GeForce cards, I haven't noticed the fans getting noisy - unless I manually push the fan speed up. Sure, you can hear the fans, but you won't hear them over your gaming with your headphones on, or speakers up loud.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is the same; it's a quiet graphics card, allowing you just to get on with your gaming session.

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