ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Graphic Card Review

Let’s Review ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Graphic Card! So, here we go!

Graphics cards are becoming an important part of gaming setup as more and bigger titles approaching PCs.

Now gaming isn’t limited to PlayStation and Xbox and PCs are part of the race. 😉

An alternative to the normal computer is a gaming laptop which comes with all basic features for enhanced gameplay.

However, they are a bit more expensive and can cost you thousands of dollars. Most of them range from $1500-$4000 which is quite hefty and simply unaffordable for budget oriented gamers.

Graphics cards have a very important role in this scenario. As we know, normal computers and Ultrabooks can’t handle the game’s graphics efficiently. Furthermore, recent titles even bring much more complexities to their games.

Thereby graphics card handles all this problem and keeps the gameplay smooth. NVIDIA graphics cards have been a well-known name and their recently launched mid-range products GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 managed to attain most of the market.

In the truly striking move, NVIDIA announced GTX 1060 Dual OC 6GB graphics card with a higher price tag as compared to its predecessors. During launching ceremony, ASUS tried to explain the significance of newly announced product as follows:

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Graphic Card:

“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 best reliability. VR-Friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experience. ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming”.

Specs:

Name Dual GTX 1060 O6G
Brand Asus
Max. External Resolution 7680 x 4320
RAM 6 GB
Warranty 3 Years
Dimensions 11.7 x 1.5 x 5.2 inches
Weight 2.4 pounds.

GTX 1060 comes with 3GB variant too but it has different specs. It has GP106 as GPU and memory of 6 GB that runs at 8 GHz. The processor is same as its predecessors—16 nm FinFET. It would be little hard for an average Joe to understand but one should look at these specifications before buying a graphics card.

Design:

Large in size and compact in design, that’s what the first look says about it. It comes with little bit larger coolers but they aren’t just a design. It really performs at higher speeds and that’s why this size was a need. There are two fans which can run simultaneously to divide the total load. At one end we have ventilation unit to keep the heat dissipated through extra flow. On the back, we have following ports: 2 HDMI, 2 DPI and 1 DVI which are part of every graphics card nowadays. Overall body is black and it looks really nice in it.

It can be assumed from specs that this device is definitely a game changer. But it would be best to test their power by some big titles such as GTA V, Witcher 3, DOTA 2 and Rise of Tomb Raider etc. I have used my average Lenovo Ultrabook for this testing and results are pretty much satisfying.Tested it on all four of them and here’s what I have to say about it.

The rise of Tomb Raider:
Tomb Raider is one of the few games that can run on average PC but with little down gradation in visuals. Using GTX 1060 completely overhauled the graphics, running up to 60 frames per second without any links. Fans didn’t start their operation as there was no need of it at the moment.

GTA V:
GTA V has been one of the most played games ever. It comes packed with plenty of heavy graphics and required to be run on the higher processor.The graphics card managed to take the reliability challenge and kept the gameplay fluent. Despite being the complexity of graphics, it managed to run flawlessly and view every small detail. Fan operation started after some time but still, it remained cool for a long time.

DOTA 2:
A big name in eSports gaming, DOTA 2 requires no less than a super graphics card to stream fluently. It wasn’t that heavy before but latest update made it so.The game runs at even higher frame rates and GTX 1060 proved its value here. It wasn’t as heavy as GTA V but still, fans had to rotate faster to keep the system cool.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Heavy gameplay can easily take the temperature to 70-75 C. This temperature isn’t alarming and you can keep playing without any worries. Furthermore, there was no fan noise even when it was running at high speed. Other than that, despite being the heavy load, it managed to keep the system as cool as possible.

Another major factor is power consumption and that was pretty low thanks to this card. More the heat system generates is directly proportional to power consumption. Since two fans operate efficiently, so there were no major power losses. Even playing games at 4K won’t be hindering the performance.

Conclusion:

I think GTX 1060 is more than enough for most of the powerful games. It is a little bit pricey too but it really serves its purpose. It isn’t just a rebranding of 3GB variant instead it is faster and efficient manifolds.

8.8

Design

9.0/10

Overheat

9.4/10

Speed

8.6/10

Resolution

8.2/10

Overall

8.8/10

Pros

  • Auto-extreme technology
  • Game booster and XSplit Gamecaster
  • 1809 MHz boost Clock
  • Vr ready with dual HDMI 2.0 ports
  • Dual-fan cooling provides double airflow

Cons

  • None

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Written by Addison Aiken

Addison Aiken is a reporter at GadgetSkull focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. He previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry. He is graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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