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A Truly Awesome Mid-Range 1080p Gaming GPU!
October 27, 2017
This graphics card is an excellent choice for 1080p gamers! It provides steady frame rates and I can play at ‘Ultra’ settings in all the titles I play. The GTX 1060 6GB still represents one of the best of the mid-range graphics cards available for the price, and if crypto mining did not inflate the price of the RX 580 GPU’s then maybe there would be more equal competition. That being said, my stream of thought was from a full month ago (Sept/2017), and at the time of purchase I paid $364.99 for this 1060 and I admittedly was looking at some RX 580 8GB cards. But they were all around $400-450. So, at the time it did not make sense, but since a month has passed on this purchase there has been some market changes again.
While doing some research as I now write this review I am seeing more RX 580’s in the price range of $350-400, and admittedly I would recommend the RX 580 in most scenarios over the GTX 1060. Performance wise they are pretty much 100% equal at 1080p gaming, Nvidia cards pull ahead a bit in some titles, while AMD pulls ahead in others, but for the most part they provide identical performance. Software updates have helped the RX 580’s performance quite a bit since launch. If you are a new system builder and looking to buy a new monitor etc. the RX 580 is quite compelling, especially for a gaming dedicated build. Free-sync monitors are far cheaper than high refresh rate G-sync monitors, and whereas the RX 580 can be set up in Crossfire the GTX 1060 cannot do SLI.
So, seeing my 5/5 star review and reading the last paragraph slamming into the GTX 1060 and praising the RX 580 you may question my 5 star rating. But I will explain why even today I still would have made the same choice I did 1 month ago.
1- I already have several systems, all of which have high-end Nvidia graphics cards, but the purpose of this computer was to have a mid-range compact ITX gaming PC, I was not even considering a GTX 1070, 1080, or 1080 Ti. I just wanted steady 70FPS at 1080p ‘Ultra’ settings. At the time of purchase, this Asus GTX 1060 Dual OC Series 6GB was the best priced full-length graphics card that would fit in my case. The RX 580 I would have considered was at the time over $430, making the 1060 the better price to performance option.
2- I already own a 144hz G-sync 1ms response time gaming monitor. So, therefore, ruling out a RX 580 that already cost more money than the 1060.
3- And lastly as this system is based on an ITX motherboard, even if SLI was enabled on the GTX 1060 I could only ever put 1 GPU in my system anyways. So, a Crossfire setup had no bearing on my decision.
GAMING: Frankly I am tired of reading on tech forums how people don’t recommend a GTX 1060 for 1080p gaming. And that to play at ‘Ultra’ settings you need at least a GTX 1070. That simply is not true. I have a system with a GTX 1080 yet I pretty much exclusively game on my system with a GTX 1060 6GB (paired with an i7-6700k and 16GB of RAM) and I play all my games at 1080p Ultra settings on a my 144hz G-sync monitor, and yet I almost never get lower than 70FPS. Granted some games like Witcher 3 will fall back with Anti-Aliasing at its highest settings but other than maybe dialing that back I know you can leave all other settings at 'Ultra'. I primarily play Battlefront, BF4, BF1, Shadow Of Mordor, GTA V, Watchdogs 2, and Assassins Creed (all of them), at 1080p Ultra settings with no issues what so ever.
So, in conclusion, I stand beside my decision to buy this Asus GTX 1060 6GB. It give’s me the performance I was expecting out of it and I am very happy with this purchase. I have yet to try and overclock it, but I am interested to see if I can squeeze out some additional performance from this GPU, which is more of a budget GTX 1060.
As I said with RX 580 8GB cards finally coming down in price I realize that many of you will be choosing it over a 1060, but if you ignore Crossfire and Free-sync monitors these cards will give you in-game performance so similar that you would never know them from one another. So, I stand by my choice and I encourage you all to choose which makes the most sense for you to buy. I am happy with my decision and although I did not choose this Dual Edition card for its color, it matches my white build perfectly, my decision was made on the price I bought it at. But to those of you considering this graphics card I can highly recommend it!