If you're in the market for a new graphics card for 1080p gaming, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G is something that should be in your consideration, and even more so if you're building a new PC that has a white theme. For those buying white-themed ASUS motherboards, then the GTX 1060 Dual 3G could be perfect.
1080p 60FPS+ gaming is easy enough for the card, and even light 1440p 60FPS games depending on which one, and if you drop the in-game details to Medium, 60FPS+ is easy. 4K is something that the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G handles as well, but I prefer a 60FPS+ experience. No one should buy a GTX 1060 for 4K gaming, but it doesn't mean it's impossible.
Microsoft will be releasing their Xbox One X console later this year, promising 4K gaming to the masses - at least on their lounges, but the GTX 1060 Dual 3G is a great alternative. If you've got a mid-range PC with a CPU from 3-4 years ago, you'll be fine with the ASUS GTX 1060 Dual 3G for 4K gaming at 30FPS. You could enjoy non-intensive first-person shooters, or adventure/driving games at higher resolutions on a mid-range card, all at 30FPS average.
This is the type of 4K gaming experience you'll get on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X; I don't think we'll be receiving a sea of games running at 4K 60FPS on an APU.
If you're into mining digital cryptocurrency like Ethereum or Zcash, then the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G is a fine choice. I've got an entire flank of them (6 x ASUS GTX 1060 Dual 3G) in a single system, and a few odd ones throughout my mining farm. I chose them for their single 6-pin PCIe power connector and dual-fan cooler. I keep them at 75-80% fan speed, and they run nice and cool with additional industrial fans blowing air through my farm.
All in all, ASUS has a great mid-range graphics card with the GTX 1060 Dual 3G. It's not going to break the bank, but it'll easily handle nearly all games at 1080p. You can even ramp up to the 3440x1440 resolution on a 34-inch UltraWide 21:9 display and enjoy respectable performance from the GTX 1060 Dual 3G. A huge selling point considering its cost, far lower than the GTX 1070 or the heights of the GTX 1080 Ti.
ASUS has a cheaper package available with the GTX 1060 Dual 3G, and while 3GB of VRAM might not sound like much, you're mostly fine for today's games. It's only when you stretch out of 1080p and into 1440p and beyond where 4GB+ really comes into play. All in all, ASUS has a great mid-range card with the GTX 1060 Dual 3G, something that really surprised us.
Expect many more mid-range GPU reviews in the near future, as we examine the GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1050, and RX 560 cards.
|Performance (overclocking, power)||90%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||80%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||90%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||80%|
The Bottom Line: A great option for mid-range 1080p gamers who want excellent performance in mainstream games, but with some grunt to handle either higher resolutions or detail levels, or higher-end games. Surprising results at 3440x1440, as well.
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