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.
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.