Overclocking the GTX 1060 with PrecisionX OC

We have reviewed the GTX 1060 Founders Edition with BTR’s full benchmark suite of 26 games this last Tuesday for BTR’s readers, and we have concluded that at stock settings, it is faster than the RX 480 and it nearly matches the performance of the stock GTX 980.   Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the stock Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 to run at really high speeds, well over its advertised 1683MHz Boost clocks, while only using 120 watts of power.

Originally overclocking the GTX 1060 with its stock fan profile and voltage left on automatic allowed us to reach 2025MHz with a 200MHz offset to the core, and an amazing 700MHz offset added to the memory clocks to reach 4704MHz!  This evaluation is devoted to overclocking the GTX 1060 to as far as it can go – with the voltage and the fan speeds set to their maximum, and with our testing run in a cool, warm, and in a very warm room.

We also want to follow up our original testing of the PrecisionX OC’s automatic scanner that we found to be very unreliable in our evaluation of the GTX 1080 overclocking.  Although it promises a new way to set overclocks to fully unlock the new Pascal GPU’s Boost 3.0, there were even issues with the public version 6.0.2 that appear to now be fully resolved by the latest beta that we used today.Scanner---1

We will present our final stable overclock of our GTX 1060 Founders Edition using EVGA’s latest non-public beta of PrecisionX OC Reviewer’s Edition 6 versus setting a manual overclock with our entire game benchmark suite of 26 games and 2 synthetics, and we will give you a report on our adventure in overclocking.  EVGA’s Precision XOC has been released to the public, and the current version is now 6.0.3.

Let’s get right to the test configuration, to the driver release notes, and then to our overclocking methods, and finally to the 26-game overclocked results.

  • corinarh

    Damn, how did you oc it that well? Even if i max out +100 voltage and 116% power limit i can’t oc more than 2050mhz core (2025mhz is max stable, 2038/2037 works for 20-30min and then crash drivers) and +500 memory… It crashes every single time or artifacts appear. I’m pretty disappointed, it’s another gpu and another bad overlocker. My cpus are no different also no luck.

    • apoppin

      Actually, 2025MHz is a decent overclock. It is often the luck of the draw, this GTX 1060 that I have is an excellent overclocker, but the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 that I have overclock only decently, similarly to yours.

      What are your temperatures? It looks like if your GTX 1060 is achieving 2050MHz for 30 minutes, your GPU may be heating up to the point of instability. I was only able to get over 2100MHz in a very cold room (below 72F) with the GTX 1060’s fan running at 100%. At warm room with an aggressive fan profile will only allow my 1060 to run at 2062MHz.

      • corinarh

        Well i have max 79-82 celsius, fan speed is 54%. So far my perfectly stable settings are core: 2025mhz and 4579mhz memory with 116% power limit, voltage doesn’t seem to work.

        • apoppin

          That is a very good overclock for your temperatures and stock voltage. If you want a higher overclock, try an aggressive fan profile to cool your GPU below 72C.

          Are you using the latest PrecisionX OC version 6.0.3? You should be able to raise the voltage to possibly stabilize a higher overclock.

          • corinarh

            i’m using msi afterburner and voltage doesn’t seem to work will try evga

          • Mike Blunt

            You have to unlock it in the preferences in afterburner i do not recommend precision x i got the latest version and it will throttle your gpu when you overclock it was causing my 1060 to artifact crash and low fps evga is slacking ive always loved their cards bit their software is the worst from personal experience two different cards and builds installed afterburner and my card runs like a beast no issues i recommend it to anyone trying to squeeze extra performance out of there card also try riva tuner never tried it but ove heard its good and just like after burner good luck 🙂

  • Hi, I would really like to see how it perform with Adobe After effects and Premier Pro, I have searched everywhere and can’t find any benchmarks on Adobe…as I would like to see if there is any performance difference between the 1060 and 970 as that is the 2 cards that is in my price range…

  • jdizzle

    I am keen to know how one ascertains a ‘safe’ overclock of the GPU VRAM when it lacks a VRAM temp sensor (like in the 1060). I own the EVGA 1060 SC and am keen to OC it (the RAM in particular), but without any indication of what temp it is getting to, I am a little hesitant.