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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius







Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.


  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts





Using a robust dual heat pipe aluminum-based cooling solution, the GTX 1060 delivers cooling performance results that are almost spot on with the higher performing GTX 1070. Where the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 had a polycarbonate window over the cooling solution to help direct flow through the heat sink, the GTX 1060 does not. I found that when I put my hand under the card in the chassis I was indeed getting a decent amount of airflow blow by that was not making it out the back end of the chassis. Airflow bypassing the cooler can reduce cooling and I was surprised to see this change in the faceted shroud design.

The NVIDIA Founders Edition boards were designed to maximize power efficiency while delivering robust overclocking and high end gaming performance. The idle result seem a bit higher than the GTX 1070 by a couple watts. Under load the results are impressive when you compare the power consumption of the GTX 980 to the GTX 1060. When under load, you get a 15 watt uptick over the GTX 960 in this test. For 15 watts you get a huge swing in FPS performance, so you can justify the short leap.

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