Since the time to write a regular outcome has not come yet, I can only continue to examine Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Recently, a family of video as a “guinea pig” acted MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6G, now in my hands got Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC. That’s it, we consider.
And given the fact that the benchmark graphics cards a great multitude, the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC we will focus on the study of cooling system capabilities, as well as on the search for the frequency potential of the GPU and memory.
As is clear from the title, Inno3D graphics card is overclocked from the factory, and operates at frequencies 1569/1785 MHz GPU. Let me remind you, the nominal frequencies for GeForce GTX 1060 amount to 1506/1709 MHz.
Review Hero comes in a rather large box, package dimensions are approximately the same, which have been recently tested MSI model.
The main purpose of registration of the front side of the box – to attract attention, however, the manufacturer has not stinted on the provision of certain information about the product. There is a small picture of the device and indicates the presence of the supplied keys to activate VRMark and 3DMark. A trifle, but nice.
The reverse side of the package does not carry any useful information.
Before us is a regular ad unit, translated into several languages. Key features and system requirements are listed at the end of the box:
Under the basic package hides another box of cardboard:
The interior is organized simply, the main box is a soft “bath” with moldings under the card on top as it is further covered with a sheet of the same material:
The card itself is fixed firmly in the box and is protected from all sides. And in general, the problem with the “Mail of Russia” s face should not. Interestingly, in addition to her compartment there are some separate compartment, but it is empty. Apparently, the box is unified with other models of the manufacturer.
At the bottom of the box is hidden supplied Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC:
In addition to the disc with the software maker did not spare money for the keys to activate VRMark and 3DMark Advanced Edition.
Dimensions Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC is very high:
The card itself in comparison with the recently tested MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6G less, but the cooling system beyond its limits, so that the overall dimensions are comparable. In some tight housing, this model may not fit.
The reverse side closed version of Inno3D pressure plate, which is a big plus. In my opinion, backplate must be present at every major video card with a massive cooling system, protecting it from excessive bending under its own weight.
I am glad that the screw fastening as the pressure plate and the primary cooling system, no warranty seal, so the considered model can be disassembled without difficulty.
Power video through a single connector 8 pin; according to the specifications PCI-E connector and additional power “starve” it should not.
Set on the interface panel ports identical versions of the reference design, this three-port DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one DL-DVI-D. Despite the presence of five video outputs, total card makes it possible to connect only up to four displays.
After removing the Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC primary cooling system is as follows:
Yes, it’s … Why, it’s … It’s almost ‘board »GeForce GTX 1080 reference design. But in this case, clearly visible unsoldered elements except seats for two memory chips, and it is one additional phase GPU power transistors and inverters half GPU memory and power.
However, the reference version of the GeForce GTX 1080 is the same. And if there can be a lack of capacity to implement the graphics card GPU building, in the case of GP106 «safety margin” should be significant.
In order to disassemble the card completely, remove the pressure plate. It is, in addition to the screws from the back side of the PCB is fixed from the front part of the screw. Three are located close to the interface board:
A two hold the pressure plate at the opposite edge of the board:
After loosening the screws of the pressure plate can be removed more than it did not hold.
Nothing remarkable on the back side of the card is not present, except that here displayed PWM controller GPU power converter.
Sheer pressure plate:
Except plate mounting points with the video card is not in contact and in its cooling does not participate.
Used GPU – GP106.
Judging by the marking, it was produced in the 26th week, that is, at the end of June / beginning of July this year.
6 GB of video memory is assembled using six chips Samsung K4G80325FB-HC25:
According to reviews, the data memory chips have different good potential for overclocking.
GPU power converter five-phase, single-phase memory power converter:
In each case, the transistors used as products Fairchild / ON Semiconductor, namely – FDS6930B, one for each phase.
As the PWM controller in the transmitter power of the GPU used vosmifazny uP9511P production uPI Semiconductor, located on the reverse side of the PCB:
Memory voltage regulator controller is marked as a 7J = 3E, according to the marking character – something from the range of Richtek, however, find any information about him was not possible.
Implementing power management and energy monitoring video card looks standard, and has repeatedly met in the decisions of previous generations of Nvidia. During the review of the hero meets the monitoring located at the power connector 8 pin shunt connected to the chip Ti INA3221:
Methods hardware bypass this sort of protection existed in the days of the GeForce GTX 680 / GTX 780.
Cooling System Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC is a single structure:
Radiator uniformly “laced” with four heatpipes, which should provide an even distribution of heat. Furthermore, not only the heat spreader rib sowing heat transferred heatpipe but got contact with the cooler base as a graphic processor and the power converters in the field.
Of the positive qualities of the cooling system, we note that it removes heat from the heating elements of the printed circuit board; and from the GPU and the memory chips, and from the power converters.
Thermal paste imprint even traces on thermo say that the cooler adjacent to the graphics card evenly, for what we should say thank you to the manufacturer, uses extra pressure plate. And the mounting structure of CO on eight points, rather than four, can be noted as a plus.
In order to better understand the structure of the cooler, remove its outer casing. Besides the obvious eight screws that secure it to the front side, there is one screw in a recess at the end.
Once all the screws are unscrewed, the cover can be easily removed:
Frame with fans any screw does not have, and is attached just to cling to the edge of the radiator. Take a look at the “naked” radiator:
As a test to warm up and the stability it has been decided to use HWBOT Unigine Heaven app Xtreme Preset mode. This test is demanding as the stability of the GPU / memory, and a graphics card cooling system, and in contrast to the purely synthetic load as close to real usage scenarios of graphics accelerators.
Monitoring the frequency and temperature, and fan speed impellers carried out with the help of MSI Afterburner 4.3.0 Beta 4 and GPU-Z 1.10.0 utilities. Since the video card cooling system is a single structure, associated with heat pipes, to measure the temperature of auxiliary members used only two thermocouples are connected to the motherboard with software Thermal Radar.
The first thermocouple was placed between the PCB and cooling system in the memory chips:
The second thermocouple was placed on the reverse side of the PCB in the field of GPU power converter:
For a start it was decided to check the cooling system will show itself in the factory mode without user intervention.
Without load Inno3D graphics card work in power saving mode at lower voltages. In this mode, it completely stops the fans, respectively without loading system remains silent. The test stand was turned on for an hour with no load, but fans have not joined, the temperature measurement results:
For the model in passive cooling mode, the result is very good. Temperatures are even lower than the recently tested MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6G, and yet there they were low.
The next test (without changing any settings and starting the acceleration) is to go through a few passages Unigine Heaven, with the measurement temperature after each:
After the third iteration of the video test temperature has stabilized and is no longer growing. Compared to the version of MSI may be noted, lower temperatures, as a graphics processor, and elements in whole PCB.
First listed in the pros low temperature differences between different areas of Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC, which is provided by a single cooling system. In addition, I note that regular thermal interface showed no difference in GPU temperature compared with the Prolimatech PK-1, which was applied after CO parse structure.
From unpleasant features works cooler conspicuous error in speed control algorithms fans: after the launch of the system, they are switched off, the card operates in passive mode, everything is fine. However, after tests where the hero of this review is heated to operating temperature, even when full cooling impeller not go into operation mode 0%. Formally, they are not cool, but monitoring shows work with% 1 mode, and the propellers themselves constantly “twitch”:
This effect takes place only after a reboot. And it reappears after the graphics card under load. It is difficult to say whether it will affect the longevity of such behavior on the fans, but the bad feeling there.
With regard to the operation of the cooling system under load, it automatically adjusts the fan speed put at 53%, which corresponds to the tachometer revolutions 1274 rev / min. For impeller 95 mm low level, in the majority of system blocks graphics card does not exceed the level of the background noise of other components of the system. Here is the corresponding record from the recorder, located in a pair of centimeters from the impeller.
The maximum speed of the impeller to spin mode about 2400 rev / min, which is already noisy PC in the home, I would not use a cooler mode. Recording with the recorder at 100%.
In terms of parasitic sounds have a slight chirping, but against the “pump” the sound of air is not much stands out, and if the fans do not touch mode, the noise around the video card as well as the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6G. As for the sound emitted without the fans, it’s a small squeak chokes present. Sound is barely catches and lost even against the background of a quiet fan. With further acceleration amplification was observed from the sound chokes.
By increasing the impeller rotation speed decreased as the temperature of the GPU, as well as other elements of the circuit board. For overclocking video cards “on the result of” temperature mode is very nice.
In contrast to the previous generation model, the dispersal of modern graphics accelerators Nvidia (at least, without the extreme) is extremely simplified. The card itself controls the voltage and frequency of the GPU, focusing on the power consumption and temperature. The bottom line is we just have the ability to move the sliders and get a particular result is acceleration. Power limit in the case of Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC is limited to 123%, which is a big number, and if there is a successful instance allows to hope for good overclocking results.
So, with regards to operating frequency and overclocking results achieved. The fully normal mode without touching any settings, the frequency of the GPU when the test passes was 1949 MHz, after installing Power limit is set to 123% and the fan speed to 100% GPU frequency operating under load increased to 1974 MHz. Almost 2 GHz and a frequency sliders has not yet touched.
When saving mode 100% cooler and Power limit 123% with a gradual increase in the frequency overclocking result became a figure 180 MHz, a further increase in frequency leads to crash test followed by departure driver. According to the monitoring frequency of the graphics processor load in this mode was 2,152 MHz.
As for memory, the overclocking of the GPU fan speed and maximum speed was the maximum stable mode 640 MHz – 9486 MHz memory frequency. The intermediate overclocking result:
However, the video card in a cooler mode is very noisy, and most users it will not use it.
an attempt was made to disperse the cooler default settings. In terms of GPU overclocking I did not have to change the settings (but the card under load rate decreased due to increased temperature), but the memory overclocking dropped to a mark of 590 MHz. The final memory frequency was 9396 MHz. The final result of the acceleration:
As a result, for the daily operation of the final result can be called 2126/9396 MHz mode. Results achieved without any “dancing with a tambourine,” oddities in the behavior of the device was found.
On the software attempts to increase the power supply card is not reacted (voltage does not change), so that this is possible with experiments and finish, from the good deed goes unpunished.
As a result of testing Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC left a good impression. Among its advantages, we note the PCB design inherited from the GeForce GTX 1080, the presence of backplate, the possibility of issuing Power limit up to 123% efficient cooling system that ensures a comfortable temperature mode GPU, memory chips and power converters. This novelty creates a minimum of noise at work, and shows good overclocking results. Yes, overclocking can be a factor in the success or failure of a particular instance of the video card, but everything else she did not take.
However, without a little fly in the ointment is not done. In the case of the test piece it was unpleasant feature, which lay in the fan control algorithms. It is difficult to say whether this is a bug or a feature of our specimen, but the fan at rest “twitching” instead of full stop.