Today we check out my own personal GeForce GTX 1060 6GB G1 Gaming. A card that I have come to love for it’s amazing performance. Even in mid 2017 it still is the best GPU for the $230-$280 price bracket.
The Geforce GTX 1060 6GB Which originally launched 2H of 2016 was an absolute bargin to begin with. With over 2x the performance of it’s predecessor, the GTX 960, and the same performance as the previous generation GTX 980, it offered amazing 1080P and 1440P gaming performance for the mainstream. Now, after 7 months of using my GTX 1060, I am proud to give you my impressions and review of this card.
Why I bought the GTX 1060 G1 Gaming:
So back August of 2016 I upgraded my computer setup from a older Asus MX239H 1080P 60HZ IPS display to a QNIX QX2710 1440P IPS display (currently overclocked to 96hz). My PC at the time was running with a EVGA GTX 750 TI FTW card. If you know anything about graphics cards, you’ll immediately know that the 750 Ti is not going to cut it for 1440P.
So at the end of August I bought the GTX 1060 G1 Gaming from Gigabyte. I originally wanted the EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC, however it wasn’t available. Either way, it worked out well. After playing around with this card, I absolutely love it!
Aesthetics and Cooling Design:
Overall, the card is very pleasing to look at. The entire shroud is made of very light plastic (though sturdy plastic), with orange accents where the fans are located. The beauty of this card is it’s light weight. It is insanely light, feels like a feather vs other cards, which, is a good thing as it puts less stress on the motherboard and on the graphics card itself. There is no sagging whatsoever.
The Windforce cooler on this 1060 is very good. The heatsink is very large and features 2 heapipes that make contact with the GPU itself, improving heat transfer. The fans also spin in opposite directions of each other, Gigabyte says that this also improves airflow efficiency.
On the stock fan profile, the GPU maxes out at 70C. Even at max fan speed on the stock fan curve, the card is very quiet. However, most manufacturers usually set their curves very conservatively, so you can easily increase the fan speed to decrease the temperatures more without huge gains in fan noise.
The logo and “fan stop” indicators are RGB LEDs. You will need the Gigabyte Xtreme gaming utility to adjust the LEDs. The good news is that once you have the LEDs set to a specific color, the card fully remembers it and you don’t need the software to stay running.
Performance and Overclocking:
The base clock speed of this 1060 is 1594MHz with a boost clock of 1809MHz. But this is what you won’t see in the real world. In real life, this card automatically boosts all the way to 2000mhz, then typically stabilizes in the 1974-1962MHz range.
For gaming, this card is amazing, coming from a GTX 750 Ti. I can easilly hit above 60fps at 1440P in any titles at ultra quality presets. Here are some FPS numbers I know (all at 1440P):
War Thunder: 100+FPS in Air Forces. 60FPS average in Ground Forces (in maps with loads of foliage). Maxed out details (not ultra, but maxed).
Battlefield 1 Free Open Beta (November 2016): 65-70FPS average. Ultra quality presets.
Hawken: 90-100fps average. Ultra quality presets with PhysX disabled (PhysX drops FPS by an insane amount (and so does GPU usage).
Titanfall 2 (trial): Single Player 90fps Average. Multiplayer 70fps average. Ultra quality presets. (Following my own optimization guide, I got 114fps average. Check it out in the resources listed below.)
Star Citizen: High settings, 30-60fps average in the PU. (I know it’s stupid to add this game in, as it’s poorly optimized for now. But why not.)
Portal 2: Ultra quality presets, 8x MSAA, 300FPS (shoots up to 500fps when you disable the frame rate limiter).
Overclocking wise, just like all Pascal GPUs, the GTX 1060 doesn’t have a lot of overclocking headroom. Even going +100mhz on the core clock was unstable (mostly playable but still a bit unstable). Most people are only getting 50+mhz overclocks without increasing voltage.
On the VRAM I was able to push 500+MHz and haven’t noticed any instability.
While it’s a great card, it still has some weak points (most very minor at best).
- At 85-95% fan speeds, the card makes a weird noise, i finally figured out that it’s the gigabyte logo hitting part of the metal heatsink. However, it never happens below those fan speeds. It really isn’t a big issue as fan speeds that high are way overkill unless your overclocking with max overvoltage.
- Coil Whine. Again a minor issue, as nearly all cards suffer from this.
- Sort wish the orange accents on the card were RGB so they don’t have to be orange all the time.
- The Windforce fans seem a bit flimsy. So be careful when handling the card.
Overall, a wonderful card. Powerful, efficient, beautiful, and quiet. If your looking for a good and reliable GTX 1060, the G1 Gaming is an excellent choice.
If your planning on buying this card beware, a new version of the GTX 1060 6GB is coming out with faster memory (9Gbps vs the 8Gbps on my card). I highly suggest you wait to buy that variant once it’s out.
Another good option is the RX 580. While it doesn’t beat the 1060 in all titles, it does in several and beats it in all DX12/Vulkan titles. If you plan on playing a lot of games with the latest APIs, then the RX 580 is probably the better variant to go with. (But be wary of the RX 580 G1 Gaming cards, the RX 480 G1 Gaming was the worst 480 on the market.)
Anyways, I hope that helps you guys out. Thank you all for reading! If you have any more questions about the card or my rig overall, please feel free to ask on facebook or contact me via email.
Core Clock: 1620MHz (1620MHz in OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1809MHz (1847MHz in OC Mode)
VRAM: 8GB GDDR5 (mine came with Samsung chips)
Memory Clock: 8008MHz (effective)
Architecture: Pascal, 16nm process
Memory Bus: 192-bit
Power Connector(s): 1x 8 Pin
PSU Recommended: 400W or up
Outputs: Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, 3x Display Port 1.4
Max Resolution: 7680×4320 (8k)