Following the release of AMD’s Radeon RX 480 graphics card which is proving to be hard to get budget-wise, NVIDIA responded with the GeForce GTX 1060, a completely different graphics card that can confidently stand up to the RX 480 in the VR scene.
The GTX 1060 VR ready graphics card delivers well above the VR gaming benchmark at full HD resolution and it’s the cheapest in the market offering an outstanding performance; a selling point to budget PC builders and gamers looking to buy a VR headset soon.
The GTX 1060 HTC Vive as well as GTX 1060 Oculus Rift integration test result we conducted was an excellent FHD and a 1440p performance. More about the card’s performance with VR games will be discussed later in this GTX 1060 review.
The NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 comes in two versions; the 3GB version and the 6GB version which is a little more expensive. Although they both run the GP106 GPU, the 3GB version runs fewer CODA cores and has a slower clock speed.
|GPU Engine Specs:|
|NVIDIA CUDA Cores||1152||1280|
|Base Clock (Mhz)||1506||1506|
|Boost Closk (Mhz)||1708||1708|
|Memory Speed||8 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|Standard Memory Config||3GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface Width||192-bit||192-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||192||192|
|NVIDIA SLI® Ready||No||No|
|NVIDIA G-SYNC -Ready||Yes||Yes|
|NVIDIA GameStream -Ready||Yes||Yes|
|NVIDIA GPU Boost||3.0||3.0|
|Microsoft DirectX||12 API with feature level 12_1||12 API with feature level 12_1|
|Bus Support||PCIe 3.0||PCIe 3.0|
|OS Certification||Windows 7-101, Linux, FreeBSDx86||Windows 7-101, Linux, FreeBSDx86|
LOOK AND DESIGN
The GTX 1060 comes on a solid metal base of about 9 inches, and a compartment to hold the cooling fan. It also has a wider vent than the GeForce GTX 980 for airflow and a much quieter noise.
At the top of the unit is a plastic with a well-pronounced silver panel and an illuminated GEFORCE GTX print on the side.
The GTX 1060 VR ready card comes with a 6-pin power connector which is positioned at the far end of its side to reduce cable clumsiness.
Just like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, it features three display port connectors, a DVI port and one HDMI port behind the unit which makes it ready for HDR gaming.
IMPRESSIVE FEATURES OF THE GTX 1060 CARD
OVERCLOCKING – At an average GPU speed above 2000MHz, a GTX 1060 overclock may not be necessary if you will be using the graphics card basically for VR gaming as it clocked enough for such platforms. But if you wish to do a manual GTX 1060 overclock on the founder’s edition, you can have a boost of up to 2100MHz.
However, the ASUS version is capable of an auto GTX 1060 overclock that is done with the GPU Boost 3; a new intelligent feature that saves power and removes every necessity to manually overclock the unit.
POWER DRAW – GTX 1060 has a better architecture and it consumes an incredibly low power of about 240watts to give a quieter performance than its peers. Even if a GTX 1060 overclock is done, it still consumes lesser power than MSI GTX 980 and Radeon RX 480.
TEMPERATURE – With a temperature test, the GTX 1060 was averaged to run at about 70 degrees, a much lower temperature than the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Since it runs on a much lower power than its peers, it has less heat to dissipate and also generates less noise.
THE GEFORCE GTX 1060 PERFORMANCE WITH FEW GAMES
Further, into the GTX 1060 review, we did a performance comparison with the Radeon RX 480 card on few games and in our result, the GTX 1060 VR ready graphics card outperformed its AMD counterpart overall.
In Rise of the Tomb, a game which features a lot of particle effects, several lighting, and several other physics challenges, the GeForce GTX 1060 was 20% faster running at 47.6fps. In GTA V. our GTX 1060 review shows the GTX-1060 to run 29% faster than AMD’s RX 480 which ran at 45.9fps. Also in 3DMark’s Fire Strike Ultra, NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 VR ready card was 11% faster.
However, when we tested the two cards with Hitman, this was the only game that placed the GTX 1060 behind the Radeon RX 480 in performance. This is because Hitman is a new game and the GTX 1060 is not well-equipped for such GPU demands, but it does not mean the GTX 1060 is not capable either.
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 WITH OCULUS RIFT AND HTC VIVE
With the GTX 1060 seamless compatibility, the entry into Virtual Reality (HTC Vive & Oculus Rift) has been lowered to make playing VR games much more affordable.
In our GTX 1060 review, we tested the graphics card with the Oculus Rift and it works just fine. With a similar test on HTC’s Vive headset, the performance was excellent as well.
Most VR games basically rely on the GPU of a graphics card to deliver the best output in terms of display. As a result, both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are set to run at a maximum of 90fps. And the good news is, the GTX 1060 VR ready graphics card is more than enough for the headsets’ requirement. More than the Radeon RX 480, it consumes less power, and it’s much faster.
If you are on a budget, the GTX 1060 graphics card is a go for as it presents you with a GTX 980 level performance with less VRAM!
Conclusively, the GTX 1060 is an affordable VR-ready graphics card with a smooth and excellent performance which makes it a gamer’s choice for an immersive and the most demanding VR experience!