ASUS STRIX GTX 1060 O6G GAMING Video Card Review

We are reviewing the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1060 O6G GAMING video card. We’ve put it through the tests and overclocked this video card as high as possible. We will compare performance with an overclocked ASUS ROG STRIX RX 480 O8G GAMING video card and find out which is better performing in real-world gaming.

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ASUS STRIX GTX 1060 O6G GAMING - Overclocking

For overclocking we used the latest ASUS GPU Tweak II version available for this video card version 1.4.0.8.

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The base clock for this video card is 1620MHz and the GPU Boost clock is 1848MHz. However, on the previous page we found out the actual in-game frequency while gaming is a consistent GPU Boost of 2025MHz. Therefore 2025MHz is what we will start with as our baseline for overclocking. You will also note that the default memory frequency is 8.2GHz. This is the "Gaming Mode" profile. There is a selectable "OC Mode" profile which sets the GPU Boost to 1874MHz and ups the Power Target to 110%. There is also a "Silent Mode" profile which sets the GPU Boost to 1822MHz and the Power Target to 90%.

Without Voltage

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Before we turn up the juice and engage a higher voltage let’s find out what we can squeeze out of the GPU at default voltage. We found the default voltage to be 1.0500V on this video card. We were able to raise the Power Target to 116% on this video card, which is higher than a recent evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X, a competing video card. It’s maximum Power Target is only 108% for comparison.

We were able to push the GPU Boost Clock up to +80 resulting in 1928MHz Boost Clock. This resulted in a real-world in-game consistent GPU Boost Clock while gaming of exactly 2101MHz (2.1GHz) while gaming. That is an improvement of 76MHz over the default 2025MHz. This was with a 50% fan speed but after more testing we found it was still possible to achieve this overclock, and higher, with the fan on "Auto" speed. Therefore, without any added voltage this video card can push the GPU to 2.1GHz.

Maximum Overclock with Voltage

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The maximum voltage slider goes up to +100 and in our testing this pushed the GPU up to 1.0750V maximum voltage. This allowed us to further push the GPU Boost Clock to +160 for a GPU Boost of 2008MHz. The actual in-game frequency while gaming was now 2177MHz consistent. That is another 77MHz boost over the GPU without voltage. Compared to the default clock speed of 2025MHz that is a total 152MHz clock speed increase or 7.5%. This clock speed of 2177MHz is higher than we achieved on the MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X which achieved 2164MHz.

The memory also overclocked very well up to 9.2GHz from the default 8.2GHz frequency. This resulted in a memory bandwidth increase up to 220GB/sec versus 197GB/sec default.

Our final stable overclock we will be using in this review is: 2177MHz/9.2GHz.

GPU Clock

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Here is a graph that shows the GPU clock speed is consistent at 2177MHz while gaming.