The gaming world isn't dominated by GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, or even the GTX 1080 - most of the gamers that are playing the mainstream games like CS:GO, Rocket League, etc. are all mid-range gamers. They aren't buying the GTX 1080 Ti or even waiting for AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega.
They're buying GTX 1060s or RX 580s, and enjoying the world of 1080p 60FPS+ gaming for under $300. If you can find the cards in a post-Ethereum mining world, something that the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G also does very, very well - especially with its single 6-pin PCIe connector and dual-fan cooling technology.
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You'd think the 3GB version would be the slower of the two, but the GTX 1060 Dual 6GB has lower GPU clocks than its 3GB sibling. The sample we have here is the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G which has its GPU clocks at 1594/1809MHz, which is impressive considering the Dual 6G version maxes out at 1708MHz. Our card maxed out at 1784MHz boost, without manual overclocking.
The 8GB of GDDR5 is clocked at 8008MHz on a 192-bit memory bus, while the card requires a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.
NVIDIA really hit the mid-range champion spot with the GeForce GTX 1060, and for its price point, you're only going to buy the GTX 1060 for 1080p gaming. I wouldn't recommend a GTX 1060 for 1440p or 4K gaming, but rather the GTX 1070 for anything at 1440p - and really, GTX 1080/GTX 1080 Ti for 1440p @ 100Hz or higher.
For mainstream gamers who want to tap some of those massive games like CS:GO, Rocket League, League of Legends or similar, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G is a perfect card. 3GB of VRAM is fine for 1080p gaming, and even better for 720p or so (hey, some gamers don't have new 1080p capable LCDs yet).
ASUS also deploys the same look on its Dual series graphics cards as some of its motherboards. But even though the GTX 1060 Dual 3G is a mid-range card, it still packs a punch in the design and quality departments.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G features patented wing-blade fans with "105% more air pressure" over the heat sink and is up to 3x quieter than reference cards like the GTX 1060 Founders Edition from NVIDIA.
ASUS also uses their own Auto-Extreme Technology with Super Alloy Power II, which is an industry-first 100% automated production process - which is pretty damn cool. What does it do exactly? ASUS says Super Alloy Power II components that "enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, decrease component buzzing under load, and lower thermal temperatures for unsurpassed quality and reliability."
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