NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Review 156

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Review

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Idle temperatures are good, and so are gaming temperatures - sufficiently far away from the 82°C cutoff beyond which Boost 3.0 will reduce clocks. This means that unlike most previous reference cards from NVIDIA, the GTX 1060 Founders Edition does not suffer from thermal throttling.

Clock Profiles

Modern graphics cards have several clock profiles that are selected to balance power draw and performance requirements.

The following table lists the clock settings for important performance scenarios and the GPU voltage we measured. We performed these measurements on the pins of a coil or capacitor near the GPU voltage regulator.

GPU Voltage
Desktop139 MHz203 MHz0.625 V
Multi-Monitor139 MHz203 MHz0.625 V
Blu-ray Playback139 MHz203 MHz0.625 V
3D Load1366 - 1911 MHz2002 MHz0.780 - 1.060 V
The card uses NVIDIA's dynamic overclocking mechanism, GPU Boost 3.0. It will dynamically adjust clock and voltage based on render load, temperature, and other factors.

For the graph below, we recorded all GPU clock and GPU voltage combinations of our 1920x1080 resolution benchmarking suite. The plotted points are transparent, which allows them to add up to indicate more often used values. A light color means the clock/voltage combination is rarely used and a dark color means it's active more often.

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