Today we look at the performance and structure of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 reference variation Founders Edition.
To get started go through a pair of presentation slides. It’s all quite familiar, so as the GeForce GTX 1060 is representative of the tenth series of NVIDIA, it is simply “picks up” technologies, which have already been presented at the time of the announcement of GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX GeForce GTX 1080. Of course 1060 is based on the Pascal architecture. Let me remind you, unlike the predecessors to Maxwell, the transition to 16-nanometer process technology, and the structure started to use FinFET transistors. You can also note the support Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which provides for the optimization of virtual reality helmets and systems with multi-screen assemblies.
From software innovations worth noting Ansel complex, which allows you to take screenshots, or to be precise gaming photographs free 360’gradusnoy camera mode with a huge original resolution. The technology is applicable not for all existing games, and must be added by the developer. I had to try it in the game Mirror`s Edge Catalyst. Frankly, I wonder! Now, to get a unique poster for the rest of the room will be easier. I noticed that the technology is also available on cards of past generations, a full list on the page dedicated to Ansel.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core has received a GP106 marking. Total there are 10 SMs assemblies, for a total of 1280 CUDA stream processors, 80 texture units and 48 raster module. Frequency formula GTX 1060 is at around 1506 MHz, and in Boost mode to 1708 MHz. As part of video memory soldered 6 GB of working on bus 192 at-bats. Stated TDP is at around 120 watts.
By tradition, at once putting a GPU-Z screenshot utility with an indication of the nominal frequency. The utility worked properly and successfully recognized the novelty.
At this point we turn to the inspection card.
Visually NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition uses the familiar, from the first card of the tenth series of design style. The metal casing of the cooling system as well executed in two colors: black and silver. Only this time, was a small reverse, the area around the turbine has become a metal, and black cards come down on the side. The structure of housing, especially in the area of the turbine, laid a lot of transitions and projections that are generally reminded me of the features of the ship.
And once we touched the ship’s theme, the older GTX GTX 1070 and 1080, I will call massive aircraft carriers, and 1060 GTX will be small and nimble attack aircraft. Speaking in millimeters, the width variation is within two expansion slots, but in view of the length of the cooling system is 252 millimeters, which no longer fits into the compact form factor Mini-ITX.
Speaking about the length of the card, I do not in vain mentioned cooling system. The fact that the turbine exceeds PCB dimensions approximately 75 millimeters. The implementation of this approach can be to make two points. First, the cooling system housing is at the level of the printed circuit board, that is, taking the card in hand, she felt a single bar. The second point, in spite of the “short circuit board” engineers moved 6-pin power connector in the corner of the cooling system. I believe, the aesthetes will be happy :).
On the side face of the cooling system is already familiar inscription GEFORCE GTX. It is made with a saturated green color and has a uniform illumination, which is already familiar to users in many series in recent years. As for me, it was because of her fans from the manufacturer may want to purchase a card by Founders Edition.
To connect the display using the following set of ports: three DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI-D. As you can see, the set is identical to the older cards and with the help of an old monitor adapters to VGA is not connected, but it’s for the best, in the middle of the yard 2016’go as as.
The back side of the cooling system has a region for supplying air. Radiator begins from here. Looking ahead, I will say that this heatsink has a fad, which we know, dismantling the card.
Dismantling NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition process is not complicated, but not trivial. There are four screw strips in the area of video outputs, then a dozen for fixing the base of the cooling system. Four spring-loaded bolts used to fix the basic radiator on the graphics core. Notices that bekpleyt, for covering the back side of the PCB is not detected.
Earlier to me did not get transferred to the card power connector, and I do not recall such in principle. So after loosening the cooling system, the situation was not quite familiar: the power cord soldered to the printed circuit board and go to the port through the casing. Among the usual things have connectors for connecting the turbine and the backlight unit. In this state, you can replace the thermal interface graphics.
If you make a little effort and unscrew about four hex bolts, it is possible to look at the structure of the cooling system. As a result, it consists of a casing, a metal base with the turbine, and a small scattering of the radiator block “heel.”
For heat dissipation radiator responds with a fine copper core.
The radiator 37 fins to save the directional flow of steam seals are used.
The radiator is mounted to the rear of the guide frame with two bolts. These pins are not used any thermal interface, the work he was not particularly warming. It is true, on the part of the assigned greater protection and visual function.
For cooling the video memory chips and the main chips have thermal pads. Clamp to the chips of quality, there is contact over the entire area.
As you can see, cooled GeForce GTX 1060 version Founders Edition done soundly and visually tidy. Let’s see how the system will manifest itself in the case.
PCB GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition compact and fits perfectly in the Mini-ITX format. It seems that the cooling system has been specially made soundly, to demonstrate the capabilities of the graphics core. As you can see, the core set of elements is located on the front side of the PCB, here all the chips of video memory and the main elements of the power system. Yes, the power adapter does not look familiar.
Marking the graphics chip GP106-400-A1. Crystal vypushena 20 weeks of the current year and does not have a protective frame. The size of the crystal itself is not large and is 200 mm².
To set the claimed amount of video memory used in 6GB six chips labeled K4G80325FB, is familiar to us GDDR5 chips from Samsung.
GPU power system three-phase, single-phase video memory. Notably, but for all the phases PCB has seats for additional elements soldered on the default E6930 GA6F12 one assembly for each phase.
This concludes our visual inspections and proceed to testing.
For testing, we used the test stand with the following configuration.
During testing, the processor frequency and voltage were recorded manually on a mark 4600MGts at a voltage of 1.456V, all power saving options are disabled. Control options turnovers default fans have also been disabled.
As always, we started testing by studying temperature indicators. With the initial settings, frequency and automatic fan mode, gaming applications the maximum temperature reached graphic 75 ° C. In this case fan speeds are at levels near 63% of the maximum, and the frequency of Boost-mode reached 1822 MHz. In idle mode, the card did not stop the turbine.
If we fix the fan speed at around 85% in manual mode, the operating temperature is lowered to 66 ° C, while the frequency is increased to 1847 MHz. It is interesting that at such speed turbines, even without headphones card does not “deliver” their presence. It turns out that “boost” the frequency is much higher than the stated 1708 MHz (tests passed summer mode with an ambient temperature 28 ° C).
About the noise more. Measurements were noise characteristics with a digital sound level meter, with a distance of about 30cm, the minimum limit of measuring noise is 30dB, the noise level in the room is equal to 31,6-32,1dB given below 32,1-33,1dB can be considered absolutely noiseless, the error may be 1,5-2dB. The results are divided into three blocks, in the fan speed.
It must be admitted that the automatic variation of the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition issued by a well-balanced between the noise and the operating frequency. I was pleasantly surprised when, after a run gaming tests did not immediately hear the card in the open test bench.
After testing in standard mode, we decided to overclock experimental. We used EVGA Precision XOC utility is the latest available version, values and POWER TARGET TEMP TARGET settings were set to maximum, other modifications have not been used. As a result, the frequency of the GPU was able to overcome the bar in 1599 MHz and the memory at 2187 MHz stopped – it’s the nominal frequencies. As we understand it, for the Boost-mode, everything depended on the mode of operation of the cooling system.
So automatically, the cooler is unwound to the familiar 64%, the operating temperature was fixed at around 76 ° C (ten degrees more than the nominal value), and the frequency has exceeded the threshold of 2GHz and amounted to 2025 MHz.
When installing the turbine at 100% rate passed the mark of 2062 MHz. In the chip there is a clear margin for overclocking abilities, add more powerful cooling system and play with stress …
For a visual reflection of the growth acceleration we used synthetic tests. For comparison, the opponents has been selected recently announced AMD Radeon RX 480 to the reference design. To test the gaming business was established in the resolution 1920×1080, all options available in the game options, or the benchmark were set to maximum. FSAA is also set to the maximum available mode. The graphs shows the average minimum and (where available) FPS performance embedded gaming benchmarks.
So, what conclusions can be drawn on the results of exploring the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 by Founders Edition? Of course, the transition to the new process at 16 nm has improved performance. So with little manipulation of overclocking graphics core frequency can overcome the threshold of 2 GHz. At the same time at the nominal frequencies, preserving TDP, map managed to get closer to the first flagship of the previous generations.
Speaking of acceleration and higher clock frequencies, the cooling system in the Founders Edition of variation showed good performance. In the “out of the box» GeForce GTX 1060 remains quiet, even for an open test bench, and still manages to operate at frequencies above stated. It is a pity there is no full stop fan in 2D mode, for lovers of absolute silence, so to speak. Well, look Founders Edition should please fans of the manufacturer.
By default, the variation of the Founders Edition will only be available in certain regions, an online manufacturer sites, at a price of $ 299, while the price tag on recommended partners variation starts from $ 249. If we talk about the domestic retail, the partners should start variations 18990 rubles. What we see figures actually show a short period of time.
The same Radeon RX 480 in the metropolitan retail is now to be found in about 19,500 rubles, and it is inferior to the performance character of this review, and in some tests, the gap is reduced to a minimum, in other contrary seems very decent. It would be desirable to notice that the Radeon RX 480 to the reference version is not very well supported operating frequencies, and often reduces them, while the GeForce GTX 1060 contrary operates at frequencies above stated. I think it would be interesting to compare these variations in the “pump” the performance of partners, but this is a topic for a separate article.