In an all-out brawl involving so many cards from various brands, the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini certainly stands out from the fray. That’s not because of especially strong performance or some must-have feature, but rather its compact, single-fan form factor. This capitalizes quite effectively on the GeForce GTX 1060’s appeal to its presumed target audience – mainstream consumers who aren’t likely to go for hulking desktop builds.
The AMP! Edition model might appear to align more closely with the other cards reviewed here today, but we've chosen to throw the GeForce GTX 1060 Mini into the ring instead because of the small price differential between the two. The Mini card makes for a far more interesting proposition because of its niche ability to appeal to small system builders, and serves as quite a compelling alternative to the larger GeForce GTX 1060s.
The front panel of the card features a variety of outputs. There are three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs in addition to an HDMI 2.0b output and a DVI-D Dual-Link output. The GTX 1060 is not just about high-resolution gaming. Computationally intensive programs can utilize the GPU's 1280 cores to accelerate tasks using CUDA or other APIs.
For cooling, ZOTAC features a single 90mm fan with a specially designed aluminum sunflower heatsink. It has direct GPU contact and provides an even distribution of heat from the center to the outer edges.
VRWorks Graphics includes a simultaneous multi-projection capability that renders natively to the unique dimensions of VR displays instead of traditional 2D monitors. It also renders geometry for the left and right eyes simultaneously in a single pass.
VRWorks Audio uses the NVIDIA OptiX ray-tracing engine to trace the path of sounds across an environment in real-time, fully reflecting the size, shape, and material of the virtual world.
You don’t buy a mini-ITX card and expect it to be an overclocking monster either, which is probably why Zotac has opted to stick to the standard 6-pin PCIe connector. In comparison, ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte all replaced the 6-pin connector with an 8-pin one to raise the power draw ceiling.
Round the back, you’ll find the standard selection of connectors, including three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI port, and one DVI output.
- 1506 MHz Core - Boostable up to 1708 MHz
- 1280 CUDA Cores
- Pascal Architecture
- 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM
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