The ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC is a custom design variant of the GTX 1060 6 GB, which means it will be significantly faster than the 3 GB version. It also comes overclocked out of the box to a base clock of 1620 MHz, and memory has been overclocked also, to 2052 MHz.
The ASUS ROG GTX 1060 STRIX OC is probably one of the fastest GTX 1060s around. Featuring a 1620 Mhz core clock, and a boost clock of 1848 MHz. If that’s not enough for you, ASUS had the VRAM overclocked too at around 2052 MHz just for the sake of pushing the GTX 1060 to the limits.
The card features a true 6+1 VRM design, which means there’s 6 phases of power for the GPU core, and another one for the memory. It isn’t overkill and is more than enough to provide power for the components. Cooling is fed by triple 90mm fans, with the DirectCU III cooler – all under a fancy RGB touting shroud design.
The Asus GeForce GTX 1060 Strix OC Graphics Card arrived at pcG in a smart predominately black box with an image of the the card hiding within taking centre stage. In addition to this Asus have chosen to highlight the Strix branding, Republic of Gamers (ROG) branding and Asus’ new AURA branding. We can also see that the Strix 1060 OC is NVIDIA VRReady and that it supports Gameworks, Ansel and G-Sync.
Price isn't this card's strong suit, but it does tick a fair few other boxes. Measuring 298mm x 134mm x 40mm in size, Asus's mammoth air cooler is about as good as it gets without slipping into triple-slot territory. Incorporating three 90mm fans, four direct-contact heatpipes, a board-encompassing heatsink and a full-length rear backplate, this is a cooling assembly that will have no problem taming the overclocked GPU. And should you need added airflow, a pair of onboard FanConnect headers are at hand for directed airflow from a couple of chassis fans.
In keeping with other cards in the ROG Strix range, the GTX 1060 OC is home to an array of Aura RGB LEDs. Controllable via software and set to breathing mode by default, Asus's LEDs offer decent colour accuracy and are well positioned - there's just enough light without being garish, the illuminated ROG logo on the backplate is a nice touch, and we like the fact that the lights can be triggered by GPU temperature.
Finally, for display I/O ASUS has deviated from the NVIDIA standard a bit. ASUS has replaced one of the DisplayPorts with another HDMI port, resulting in a 2x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, 1x DL-DVI-D configuration. ASUS says that they’ve done this for VR headset reasons, swapping ports so that there’s still an open HDMI port after plugging in a VR headset. I see where ASUS is coming from, but at the same time I have mixed feelings about this. The great thing about DisplayPort is that it’s easily convertible to other ports, but an HDMI port is always going to be an HDMI port. Ultimately a second HDMI port isn’t truly necessary – a standard HDMI display will be just fine with an adapter – but if nothing else it does save buyers the hassle of tracking down said adapter.
Power is provided by an 8-pin power connector which should push 225W of power in combination with the PCI-E slot. Now display is provided by 5 ports. These consists of dual DP 1.4 ports, Dual HDMI 2.0b ports which is great for the HTC VIVE, and a single DVI port.
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