Review of ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1060
Full name: ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1060, manufacturer code: ROG Strix-GTX1060-6G-Gaming.
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Packing and delivery
The card comes in a large and colorful packaging with vivid printing that attracts attention. The developers did not miss a single moment that a novelty can boast of, ranging from corporate line of Strix and gaming accessories to the new illumination Aura.
For more information you should look at the back of the box, which is highlighted in six points. Proprietary cooling system DirectCU is experiencing its third Renaissance and promises to be quieter and more efficient predecessor. ASUS Company is a first company at the market that has formed a fully automated line for the production of graphics cards, which should increase the quality of the produced products. We should note the backlight casing model which was named Aura, and convenient software for adjustment. Now it is unusual to see the connectors for case fans that can be connected to a 3D accelerator and control their rotation according to the load. It is impossible to pass by and utilities GPU Tweak II and XSplit Gamecaster.
Inside there’s a black box with the Strix logo cardboard. Graphics card is placed in the pack-antistatic, enclosed in a soft material.
There is a separate package insert for package concerts, which can detect the user’s guide, driver disk, information booklet on the bonus code and a couple of sets of symbols ties with the Republic of Gamers.
Appearance and dimensions
Graphics card of ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX got solid size and proprietary cooling system DirectCU III, which make the novelty a real monster. It is difficult to forget about energy-efficient 16-nanometer FinFET fabrication process and the consumption of 120 watts.
The design of 3D accelerator turned out to be quite interesting by the decorative black cover and three 90 mm fans, which cover most of the graphics card. The rotors on choppers have logo of the series, giving the colors of life to ASUS GeForce Strix GTX 1060.
The length of the model is impressive 298 mm, width 121 mm. In PC the novelty will cover two expansion slots.
The back is closed with back plate with the symbols of the Republic of Gamers. The base plate has a slot in areas with high elements and the characteristic “X” in the place of fastening of the GPU.
The rear panel is used five outputs:
- One DVI-D;
- Two HDMI;
- Two DisplayPort.
The following resolutions are supported:
- Digital – up to 7680 x 4320.
Additional power is provided by one eight-pin connector with LED indication. This implementation imposes no restrictions on overclocking and removes the limits of the load up to 225 watts.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX involved lateral illumination of the logo of the series, which is convenient to manage brand utility ROG Aura.
You can choose among several modes, but over all I like the last one, which depending on the GPU temperature shows the heating, which is very spectacular in the housing with a transparent side door.
Massive cooling system DirectCU III that is mounted on the top models, have found their shelter on the graphics card ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX. The developers thus decided to simplify their task of developing a new cooler and to turn the model into a real ice.
The name of DirectCU III with the easy play of words is translated as “direct copper contact,” which we celebrate. Paying attention to the imprint of the GPU and thermal paste we can see that the contact occurs with the two central heat pipes and the side pipes work half-heartedly.
This fact is reflected in the discussion of this method. Leaving the debate aside and looking ahead, we say that the temperature on the ASUS GeForce GTX Strix 1060 was truly spectacular in terms of low values.
Under the hood it hides a strip of reflective material that is illuminated in the head, evenly distributes it along the perimeter. Everything looks neat and beautiful.
The massive cooler is of two-piece heat sink with a variety of aluminum Nickel-plated plates. They pierced by five heat pipes according to the scheme “6+8+8+8+8”, all connections are soldered jewelry.
The active part has three fans with size of 90 mm, diameter of the impeller is modest and is about 85 mm. They are presented by company Everflow, model T129215SU, the characteristics of 12 V and 0.50 Amps, and can operate in the range 0 – 3600 rpm.
The removal of heat from the VRM zone is done due to the contact area in the second section of the radiator. The thermal interface used grey thermal pad. The connection is kept closer to the center that more properly distributes the pressing force.
The last element in the section of the cooling system takes the place of back plate. It does not participate in cooling, and plays the role of ribs and a decorative piece.
ASUS engineers decided not to bother and just took the outcomes from the model of GeForce GTX 1070 Strix, they removed SLI connectors at the request of the company NVIDIA, a couple of memory chips and got our heroine. The result was a printed circuit Board that was in no way inferior to their older counterparts.
It is built using high-quality element base, which corresponds to the original concept of Super Alloy Power II.
On the back side there are two 4-pin connectors for the case fans, called the “ASUS FanConnect”. The idea is interesting because it allows the graphics card to control the fans on the front panel depending on the GPU temperature: the hotter, the higher the speed of rotation. This “know-how” has the right to life.
The power subsystem is performed according to the formula “6+1”, where six phases are allocated to the GPU and one – to memory. Such organization of VRM will make envy top-end graphics card and not just models with a modest level of TDP of 120 watts. As the PWM controller chip they use uP9511P production uPI Semiconductor.
Graphics card is equipped with six gigabytes of video memory, which recruited six chips made by Samsung, model K4G80325FH-HC25.
Their clock frequency is 2000 MHz (effective frequency of 8000 MHz).
The study of the capacity of the cooling system
It is difficult to make any remarks to the temperature of the new product: even at 1000 rpm, it worked in a way like many other models worked in a normal regime. The VRM area feels comfortable under a massive radiator with a large number of heat pipes and the GPU enjoys the coolness.
After meeting with the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX it formed a positive impression. This is the junior model in its lineup based on a more energy efficient GPU GP106 and is equipped with an original cooling system DirectCU III. We are presented with a cool and quiet solution, so there is nothing to complain about.
If you want to do more in terms of performance, the ASUS Tweak II will help activate a small acceleration. In addition, there is the released version of the ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1060 with factory overclocking with the letter “OS”; in its case the core frequency is increased from the nominal 1506 MHz to 1620 MHz.
As for the cooling system it all says: it is quiet, efficient and productive. The balance is found, but if you want experiments, DirectCU III will allow you to do it. The developers didn’t forgot about the power subsystem, which is hardly heated above 75°C during the load, thereby achieving good acceleration in the home and extending the life.