Power, Temperature and Noise
One area in which the GeForce has the upper hand is power consumption. GTX 1060 is faster than GTX 970 and more efficient, making it a GPU particularly well suited to a relatively small, compact board.
The original BIOS on our review sample was noticeably more aggressive. EVGA's fan didn't switch off at idle and, under load, was able to keep core temperature just below 70ºC. The updated software is gentler with regards to fan speed - the solitary blower didn't kick in until temperature reached 63ºC, and even then fan speed didn't exceed 44 per cent throughout testing.
Here's a graph that will no doubt appeal to users planning a small, living-room-friendly PC. EVGA's GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming, with the latest BIOS, is very quiet indeed. Provided your chassis has decent airflow, the card should be practically silent when watching movies and only barely audible while gaming.
Kind of makes a mockery of the larger coolers, doesn't it?