ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Strix Graphics Card Review

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by Rob Williams on October 11, 2016 in Graphics & Displays

We discovered a couple of months ago that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 delivers excellent 1080p performance and admirable 1440p performance, so what happens when ASUS straps on an even larger cooler and gives the card an overclock? Well, we get the Strix, an LED-equipped beast of a card that runs cool and quiet.

Tests: Grand Theft Auto V, Metro Last Light & Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Grand Theft Auto V

Does a game like this even need an introduction? Any Grand Theft Auto game on the PC is a ‘console port’, proven by the fact that it always comes to the PC long after the consoles, but Rockstar has at least done PC gamers a favor here by offering them an almost overwhelming number of graphical options to fine-tune, helping to make it suitable for benchmarking, especially at high resolutions.

Testing: The mission Repossession is chosen for testing here, with the benchmark starting as soon as our character makes his way to an unsuspecting car. The benchmark ends after a not-so-leisurely drive to a parking garage, right before a cutscene kicks in.

Grand Theft Auto V
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Grand Theft Auto V (2560x1440)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Grand Theft Auto V (1920x1080)

In GTA V, even AMD’s Radeon RX 470 can deliver 60+ at 1080p with high detail. At 1440p, ASUS’ Strix peaks at 71 FPS, and holds a solid minimum, as well.

Metro Last Light Redux

Like a couple of other games in our stable, Metro Last Light might seem like an odd choice give its age. After all, the original version of the game came out in 2013, and its Redux version came out in late 2014. None of that matters, though, as the game is about as hardcore as it can get when it comes to GPU punishment.

Testing: The game’s built-in timedemo is used for testing here, which lasts 2m 40s. While the game can spit out its own results file, it’s horribly inaccurate, so Fraps is still used here.

Metro Last Light Redux
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Metro Last Light Redux (2560x1440)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Metro Last Light Redux (1920x1080)

Metro Last Light is a game that proves the “But can it run Crysis?” question is now pointless. Despite having been released three-and-a-half years ago, Last Light remains brutal on our modern GPU hardware, and its Redux edition only solidified that. At 1080p, the GTX 1060 can handle the game fine, but 1440p is out of the question.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Lara Croft has sure come a long way. The latest Tomb Raider iteration becomes one of the first titles on the market to support DirectX 12, but even without it, the game looks phenomenal at high detail settings (as the below screenshot can attest).

Testing: Geothermal Valley is the location chosen for testing with this title, as it features a lot shadows and a ton of foliage. From the start of our saved game, we merely walk down a fixed path for just over a minute and stop the benchmark once we reach a broken down bridge (the shot below is from the benchmarked area).

Rise of the Tomb Raider
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Rise Of The Tomb Raider (2560x1440)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Rise Of The Tomb Raider (1920x1080)

At high detail, Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most beautiful games on the market right now. And fortunately, you’ll be able to hit 60 FPS quite easily with the GTX 1060 – and get a few extra FPS with ASUS’ Strix.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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