The NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Review
In the Performance Over Time section we saw that NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 Founders Edition has the ability to boost itself to between 1800MHz and 1850MHz under normal gaming conditions. That’s a significant amount when you consider its average Boost Frequency should be around 1700MHz. But how does that affect overclocking headroom? Has this card sacrificed additional clock speed headroom in an effort to deliver optimal out-of-box performance? The answer to those questions is simple: there’s still some room left to play around with.
First of all the Founders Edition isn’t limited by its heatsink in the least. Even when overclocked the GP106 core runs cool enough this setting the fan to 60% not only results in low temperatures but it also doesn’t exhibit any distracting acoustical characteristics.
In terms of actual achievable frequencies, things leveled out at 2075MHz even though for the first few minutes (as evidenced by the 15 minute GPU-Z readout above) 2123MHz and even 2088MHz looked perfectly stable. After a bit of time those high speeds were curtailed as they approached the card’s TDP limit. Nonetheless, an additional speed boost of nearly 200MHz will certainly be beneficial to in-game framerates.
Memory didn’t fare quite as well but it still boasted a good amount of overhead without any voltage changes. An approximate 10% boost to ~4800MHz puts it a bit behind some of the other 8Gbps GDDR5 setups we’ve tested but not by all that much.
All in all, I’m extremely excited to see what board partners have in store for this card. It seems to be a willing little overclocker and the low heat output guarantees that cooling shouldn’t be a problem. As usual, it will be Power and Voltage limits which hold things back.
- A Closer Look at the GTX 1060 Founders Edition
- Test System & Setup
- Performance Consistency Over Time
- DX11 / 1080P: Doom / Fallout 4
- 1080P: Far Cry 4 / Grand Theft Auto V
- DX11 / 1080P: Hitman / Overwatch
- DX11 / 1080P: Rise of the Tomb Raider/ SW Battlefront
- DX11 / 1080P: The Division / Witcher 3
- DX11 / 1440P: Doom / Fallout 4
- DX11 / 1440P: Far Cry 4 / Grand Theft Auto V
- DX11 / 1440P: Hitman / Overwatch
- DX11 / 1440P: Rise of the Tomb Raider / SW Battlefront
- DX11 / 1440P: The Division / Witcher 3
- DX12 / 1080P: Ashes of the Singularity / Hitman
- DX12 / 1080P: Quantum Break / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DX12 / 1440P: Ashes of the Singularity / Hitman
- DX12 / 1440P: Quantum Break / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Thermal Imaging / Acoustics / Power Consumption
- Overclocking Results