Asus ROG Strix GTX-1060 review

When first released, this card from Asus was the fastest GTX-1060 on the market. Other retailers have since matched the GPU clock speed, but the Strix 1060 is still ahead with a higher memory clock.

This impressive three-fan, DirectCU III Wing-Blade card offers a GPU clock speed of 1620MHz, with a turbo boost clock of 1847MHz, which is 8% higher than the stock 1060 speed. The 6GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 2052MHz – 2% higher than stock.

This overclock naturally speeds up the bandwidth somewhat, with it hitting around 197GB/S compared to the stock 192GB/S. The knock-on effect is an increase in the pixel rate, texture rate and floating point performance too, all of which are comfortably higher than the stock GTX-1060 and will undoubtedly improve the gaming visuals, among other things.

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The Asus ROG Strix GTX-1060 is one if the fastest 1060 cards available

The overclocking and substantial cooling involved here means that the Strix GTX-1060 is slightly longer than the standard 1060. To be exact, it measures 198mm. In most desktop cases, that isn’t too much of a problem, but those with limited space will need to double check the internal measurements of their case before committing to a purchase.

An excellent entry point into the new Nvidia generation.

The cooling does, however, make a significant difference. Although we didn’t measure the noise levels, the Strix GTX-1060 is noticeably quiet. That’s all thanks to the unique engineering on offer from the patented Wing-Blade design and the large heatsink that runs the entire length of the card. This does an admirable job of soaking up excess heat before the fans even kick in.

Connectivity on the Strix 1060 is adequate, with a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPorts and a single DVI.

In terms of performance, we installed the Strix GTX-1060 in an Asus Z170-A motherboard with an Intel i5-6600K and 8GB of DDR4 memory. The benchmarks results were as good as expected, with Doom at 1080 and ultra settings hitting a superb 114fps, while at 4K it was still a playable 36fps. Likewise, GTA \/ at 1080 was measured at 105fps, and at 4K, with the same graphics settings as high as possible, we saw 37fps.

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The Asus ROG Strix GTX-1060 is an excellent entry point into the new Nvidia generation. Not only does it offer superb performance, but the card features RGB lighting, fan connections to monitor the speed and current temperature, and you can even overclock the card should you want to squeeze more performance from it.

In short, a superb graphics card from Asus.

9 Total Score
Asus ROG Strix GTX-1060 review

In short, a superb graphics card from Asus.

Quality
9
Value
7
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