It's an impressive showing for launch week and the onslaught of GTX 1060s arrives at a time when non-reference Radeon RX 480s are thin on the ground.
2016 is proving to be a bumper year for new Nvidia GPUs and the graphics giant has become particularly adept at managing product launches. Introducing GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 cards in Founders Edition flavours now seems to have been a good way to monetise reference boards, and with a long list of partners eager to get in on the action, there's been no shortage of custom-cooled alternatives.
The likes of Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI and Palit, among others, are all riding the GTX 1060 wave with a range of upper-mid-range cards priced between £230 and £330. It's an impressive showing for launch week and the onslaught of GTX 1060s arrives at a time when non-reference Radeon RX 480s are thin on the ground.
At the top end of the scale, the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC presents a refined package that appears to tick every box but one. Build quality is excellent, the triple-fan cooler works a treat, it's factory overclocked on core and memory, outfitted with onboard fan headers, and performance is well suited to FHD or QHD resolutions. The only thing missing is an attractive price and at £320, or £60 less than a superior GTX 1070, Asus's all-singing implementation isn't easy to justify.
Well suited to FHD or QHD gaming
Overclocked on core and memory
Excellent cooling performance
Silent when idle, quiet under load
Onboard FanConnect headers
Highly efficient architecture
Priced the wrong side of £300
Lacks SLI support
Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC
The Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC graphics card is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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