ASUS GTX1060 Strix Review
Published: 19th July 2016 | Source: ASUS | Price: £330 |
There has rarely been a product easier to sum up than the ASUS GTX 1060 Strix.
Performance is excellent. The GTX 1060 from nVidia was good, but the factory overclock on the Strix takes things to another level with gains to be had in every single benchmark we ran. It truly is GTX 980 performance for sensible money.
Power draw doesn't suffer despite the increase in clock speed. nVidia have been on a real power efficiency mission in recent times and the Pascal GPU is the fruits of that endeavour, requiring some of the lowest power of any system we've looked at, nearly 100W below the GTX 980 at the wall. If that doesn't pique your interest then we don't know what will.
The benefits of the low power draw snowball. Lower power equals less heat generated, less heat generated equals cooler running and cooler running means quieter fans. It's a continuous chain of lovely things. Even if the GTX 1060 was a power hungry monster the DirectCU III cooler is good enough to dissipate the heat, but when it's this cool to begin with then we can almost hear the triple fans of the ASUS beast yawning with boredom keeping the card so cool. It runs silently, and there is tons of thermal headroom if you want to get under the hood and overclock it.
Lastly the full size PCB means that ASUS can use their full size cooler, and the Strix cooler is a fantastic looking thing. The card looks much more expensive than it is, and is as robust as it is good looking.
As we say, the ASUS GTX 1060 Strix is a very easy card to summarise. It's fabulous in every single regard and if you're in the market for an affordable graphics card with masses of performance you need look no further.
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