Review: ASUS GeForce GTX1060 STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING OC 6GB [90YV09Q0-M0NA00]

The ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 STRIX video card is built on the basis of the latest Pascal architecture, combining the modern power of the 16-nm FinFET process technology, an efficient DirectCU III cooling system and an attractive price.

The model ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Strix was also good for its backplate on the reverse side, which protects the video card from deflection and damage to the elements. In the production of the video card, only high-quality elements were used that comply with the Super Alloy Power II technology, which guarantee stable operation at high loads and have an increased life time.

The video card is equipped with a proprietary cooling system DirectCU with index III, which promises increased efficiency through the use of fans with an upgraded impeller.

The main advantages of the video card:

+ Great appearance;
+ High factory overclocking;
+ Productive cooling system;
+ Printed circuit board of the older model and reliable component base;
+ Extended functionality (backlighting, connecting additional case fans, support for ASUS GPU Tweak II).

Disadvantages of the video card: Typical overclocking potential, large length, small gaps between the heat pipes.

You can buy ASUS GeForce GTX1060 STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING OC 6.0 GB OC High End graphics card for the price 341,- . Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.netFWNNROU (How to use it?).

Specifications

  • Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Overclocked;
  • 6144 MB of GDDR5 video memory;
  • Core frequency: 1645 MHz, in Boost mode 1873 MHz;
  • Memory frequency 8208 MHz;
  • 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x DVI connectors
  • Support DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan
  • Work with 4 monitors
  • Form Factor: Plug-in Card
  • Dimensions: 11.73 ” x 5.28 ” x 1.57 ” Inch, 29.8 x 13.4 x4 Centimeter.

Review

ROG Strix is ​​a new series of gaming devices as part of the Republic of Gamers brand. Their distinctive features are the highest performance, the use of innovative technologies, impeccable level of reliability and a stylish design that emphasizes the individuality of each gamer.

The STRIX gaming line is not only graphic accelerators, but also gaming mice, gaming headsets, top motherboards and other components.

The card comes in a large and colorful packaging. Included is a user guide for installing the video card and a CD with the necessary software and drivers, as well as a brochure on the activation of the premium bonus code and two pairs of branded cable ties with the logo of the Republic of Gamers series.

The video card power subsystem operates according to the “6 + 1” scheme, where six phases are responsible for the graphics processor and one for the video memory. The ASUS FanConnect technology indicates the presence of two connectors on the graphic card for connection of case fans.

GP106-400-A1 chip is made on the 16-nm FinFET process technology: includes 1280 shaders, 48 ​​rasterization blocks, 80 texture units.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Stri has five digital video outputs: one DVI-D, two HDMI and the same DisplayPort.

The cooling system of a video card consists of several elements:

  • two-piece radiator, assembled with 72 and 68 aluminum nickel-plated plates;
  • The plate soldered to the second section of the radiator is responsible for cooling the power subsystem;
  • a bright yellow thermal pad acts as a thermal interface;
  • Three large 92 mm fans with wide blades with a curved shape at the ends, this should provide a higher static pressure to blow a radiator with a tight arrangement of fins. The fan operates in the range of 0 – 3500 rpm, and remains completely silent – up to 1500 rpm.

Adjustable backlight Aura RGB allows you to customize the color scheme of the gaming system to your liking. The design of the device is cool and inconspicuous, but everything changes after installing and adjusting the backlight.

Key Features

  • 1873 MHz Boost Clock (OC Mode) with Super Alloy Power II Delivery
  • DirectCU III with 0dB fan technology and patented wing-blade fans
  • 4-pin fan connectors with adjustment based on GPU temperature
  • Premium components Super Alloy Power II and Auto-Extreme automated production technology
  • Aura RGB Lighting on shroud and memory interface is 192-bit
  • HDMI ports compatible with virtual reality systems
  • Utilities GPU Tweak II and Xsplit Gamecaster for setting the video card and broadcasting the process of playing on the Internet
  • A revolutionary screen capture system – NVIDIA ANSEL
  • NVIDIA GameWorks™ provides an interactive and cinematic experience, as well as incredibly smooth gameplay.
  • Compatible with NVIDIA GameWorks technology used in the creation of the most advanced computer games
  • New ASUS FanConnect provides dual 4-pin GPU-controlled PWM fan headers
  • 4K and VR Ready with dual HDMI 2.0 ports to simultaneously connect headset & monitor.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 in Brief

Game Ready

Extraordinary performance. Game-changing experiences. Perfectly tuned. Game Ready with GeForce GTX1060 graphics cards.

Performance

The flagship GeForce GTX 1060 is a quantum leap in performance and power efficiency. It’s built using ultra-fast FinFET and high-bandwidth GDDR5 technologies, and supports DirectX 12 features for the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences.

Next-Gen Gaming Technologies NVIDIA Pascal

GeForce GTX1060 uses the power of Pascal to meet the demands of the latest displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution, and multiple monitors. It features NVIDIA GameWorks'” technologies for smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences, as well as revolutionary 360-degree image capture—even in VR.

ASUS Exclusive Technologies

ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1060 gaming graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III Technology with Patented Wing-Blade Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance, and Industry-only Auto-Extreme Technology for premium quality and the best reliability. Aura RGB Lighting enables a gaming system personalization and VR-friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1060 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

LEVEL UP PERFORMANCE

Highly efficient cooling

DirectCU III Technology with Direct-GPU Contact Heatpipes

30% Cooler and 3X Quieter Performance
Exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology features direct-GPU contact heatpipes that transports more heat away from the GPU and outperform reference designs, achieving up to 30% cooler gaming performance.

Patented Triple Wing-Blade 0dB Fans

Max Air Flow with 105% More Air Pressure
DirectCU III features triple 0dB fans engineered with a patented wing-blade design that delivers maximum air flow and improved 105% static pressure over the heat sink, while operating at 3X quieter volumes than reference cards. The 0dB fans also let you enjoy games in complete silence and make DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics card in the market.

ASUS FanConnect

Targeted Supplemental Cooling
When gaming, GPU temperatures are often higher than CPU temps. However, chassis fans usually reference CPU temperatures only, which results in inefficient cooling of the system. For optimal thermal performance, ROG Strix graphics cards feature two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans for targeted cooling.

PREMIUM QUALITY AND  BEST RELIABILITY

Auto-Extreme Technology

Industry-only 100% Automated Production Process
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme Technology, an industry-exclusive, 100% automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme Technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

6+1 Phase Super Alloy Power II

Enhanced Durability and Efficiency
ASUS engineers have integrated premium alloy components into their graphics card designs to reinforce overall reliability. Super Alloy Power II components greatly enhance efficiency, reduce power loss and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs.

PERSONALIZED GAMING STYLE

Aura RGB Lighting

Where Style Meets Performance
Featuring Aura RGB Lighting on the shroud, ROG Strix graphics cards are capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system.

GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE

VR-friendly HDMI Ports
Enjoy Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
ROG Strix graphics cards have two HDMI ports for connecting a VR device and display at the same time, so you can enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.

Enjoy the Flawless and Complete Gameplay

The Best Combo for Ultra-smooth Gaming
NVIDIA G-SYNC™ synchronizes the ROG Swift gaming monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU in your GeForce® GTX-powered PC, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. With ROG Strix gaming graphics cards and ROG Swift gaming monitors, scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper, and gameplay is super smooth, giving you a stunning visual experience and a serious competitive edge.

Firm Asus utilities for full control over the graphic card

GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster

Tweak Till Your Heart’s Content
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new UI, GPU Tweak II makes overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically.

Gaming Booster

One-click Performance Up
– Visual effects: Boost your performance by turning off windows visual effects.
– System Services: Automatically or manually turn off windows services or process.
– Memory Defragmentation: Re-arrange & free your system memory without closing any processes.

XSplit Gamecaster

Instant Gameplay Streaming
An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license* — a $99 USD value — lets you easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.

Testing of ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 1060, STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING, 6GB, GDDR5

Testing of ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 1060, STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING, 6GB, GDDR5 graphic card in Fire Strike program from the Futuremark 3DMark package.

Testing stand:

  • Kernel frequency: 2025 MHz
  • Effective memory frequency: 8208 MHz
  • Room temperature 25 ° C
  • Thermointerfaces: replaced by Arctic Cooling MX-2

Performance testing in games Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield 1 (DirectX 11), Battlefield 1 (DirectX 12), Rise of the Tomb Raider (DirectX 12), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Customer Reviews

Buyers were delighted with the high-quality cooling system of the video card. Even in games, under load, the temperature does not always reach 55 degrees, when the fans turn on, which means that it not only does not heat up, but also runs almost silently.

Other advantages that users noted: solid design, well-fortified ports, two 4-pin connectors for additional case fans, customizable lights, separate radiator on a graphics processor with memory and VRM, connected by multiple tubes, perforated backplate.

The overclocking possibility is also good: the card is capable of operating at a frequency of 2063/8809 without raising the voltage, by simply moving the sliders in the program.

In terms of price / performance, the video card is also up to the mark: at a cost for computeruniverse 341,-  it runs almost any modern games in FullHD on “ultra” settings.

The disadvantages buyers notes is the size of the video card – it is more than 30 cm in length. The device gets into the Midi-Tower but with difficulties. The card has two outputs for the case coolers, but they will be work when you configure your native Asus Tweaker program, it does not allow you to set the speed of the cooler blades less than ~ 40%.

One of the negative reviews was about the automatic shutdown of the fans at low loads, that the manufacturer attributed to one of the main advantages of cooling system. In fact, with an incomplete loading of the card, the temperature does not grow rapidly, so the card constantly turns on and off the fan, sometimes with an interval of 5-10 seconds, which, of course, can greatly annoy the graphic card user.

According to user reviews, some games still lack the power of the video card. For example, GTA V on Ultra will be less than 40 FPS. Although such disadvantages can be attributed to a weak CPU.

This card is absolutely amazing! I will actually write a lot more and …
October 3, 2016 [Verified Purchase]
Style: Overclocked
I have had this card now for a couple of weeks. I don’t even know where to begin. This card is absolutely amazing!

I will actually write a lot more and post more information about this card with more reviews in the future. So bear with me as I won’t make this terribly long.

If you are like myself and game @1080 then this is the best no holds barred card for that I have seen. Yes there are other 1060’s that are cheaper. But believe me that this is the cream of the crop. It crushes all games at 1080. I have everything at Ultra or very near Ultra and I have amazing frame rates and consistency. The dips in FPS are few and most amazingly it sips power.

One thing though. The moment I installed the card; I started to play and the temp of the GPU shot up as high as 90 degrees C. That was not acceptable. On average playing CS:GO I was getting up to 80~ degrees C. I had the settings at max, but this cooler is meant to cool even the mighty GTX 1080. SO something was not right.

I So I removed the heatsink, cleaned off the paste and used new thermal paste. I put it back together, and INSTANTLY the temperatures dropped!!!

When running the benchmarks I was hitting 82-88 degrees C with the fans spinning up to 85-100%. Now It is pushing 62-64 degrees C after running it for 30 min!

So if you buy this card, do yourself the favor and get new thermal paste and change the GPU’s thermal paste.

Customer feedback from Amazon, which had to replace thermal paste from video card.

 

 

Great GPU for a gamer on a budget, Software sucks though.
Date of purchase: December 31, 2018
I really liked this graphics card, from the total design to the gaming performance, and i would have gave it 5 stars if not for the garbage software. ASUS is a great brand and company, and they have done a lot my gamers with there ROG Series GPU’s and motherboards, and even monitors. And even then, their software is great – ASUS AI Suite 3, Aura and the like. However, ASUS GPU Tweak II is garbage – it won’t install correctly, and it interferes with Aura sometimes, and makes the GPU blink crazily whenever it launches up. I’m not going to say to not buy this card, because I have, and it is really great for a budget friendly gamer, but, the software is annoying and so 2.5 years later I still bought another ASUS GPU, the RTX 2080, but i do not use GPU Tweak II. I use MSI afterburner. It doesn’t suck. Still recommend ASUS ROG line of products and their GPU’s though, as well as this product.

The best critical feedback about the video card from a Amazon’s buyer

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