NVIDIA and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Video Card Review

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Can NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 Squash AMD’s Radeon RX 480?

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 was announced earlier this month, but starting today you should be able to find them for sale online. The GeForce GTX 1060 features the brand new Pascal GP106 GPU that is made on the 16nm FinFET manufacturing process by TSMC. NVIDIA was able to get impressive clock frequencies out of the Pascal GP104 GPU used on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 series and it appears that trend will continue on the GeForce GTX 1060 as it has 1280 CUDA Cores that are running at a base clock of 1506 MHz and a boost clock of 1709 MHz. When it comes to memory you are looking at 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps on a 192-bit bus for 192.2 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Pretty impressive sounding specifications for a $249 graphics card!

GP106 Pascal Block Diagram

The GP106 ‘Pascal’ GPU used on the GeForce GTX 1060 utilized two GPCs and 10 Pascal Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs). Just like the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070, the Pascal SMs used for GP106 contain 128 CUDA cores, 256 KB of register file capacity, a 96 KB shared memory unit, 48 KB of total L1 cache storage, and eight texture units. That means the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has a total of 1280 CUDA Cores and 80 Texture Units.

The GeForce GTX 1060 features six 32-bit memory controllers (192-bit total). Tied to each 32-bit memory controller are eight ROP units and 256 KB of L2 cache. The full GP106 chip used in GTX 1060 ships with a total of 48 ROPs and 1536 KB of L2 cache.

GTX 960 Versus GTX 1060

Compared to the GeForce GTX 960 ‘Maxwell’ the GeForce GTX 1060 ‘Pascal’ video card looks like it will be worth updating to as it has the same TDP, but more cores, texture units and ROPs, higher clock speeds, more memory memory. We have a GeForce GTX 960 in our performance charts, so it will be interesting to see how the two generation cards compare.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition features a faceted die-cast aluminum body that looks good and gives the card that heavy quality feel. NVIDIA designed the GTX 1060 Founders Edition features a blower style thermal solution to help keep the GP106 GPU nice and cool without needing ear plugs. NVIDIA went with a dual-FETs power supply design for improved power efficiency, along with a low impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators. They believe that this is the ideal GeForce GTX 1060 and are charging the premium price of $299 for it. So, you can get the NVIDIA reference design for $50 more than the MSRP of the NVIDIA board partners base designs.

GeForce GTX 1060 Video Cards

For this launch article we’ll be looking at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition graphics card ($299) and the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SuperClocked retail card ($259 before a $10 mail-in rebate). This is EVGA’s standard Superclock edition card that features their ACX 2.0 GPU cooler with a single fan design that puts the card at only 7.1-inches in length. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is 9.8-inches in length, so EVGA’s card is very small.

EVGA’s custom GPU cooler features a copper core with dual heatpipes to help reduce temperatures by up to 15C compared to the Founders Edition version. EVGA ships this model with a base clock of 1607MHz and a boost clock of 1835MHz, so it has a nice GPU overclock as the reference card is clocked at 1506 MHz base and 1709 MHz boost. The good news is that the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 uses a reference PCB layout with the exception of the 6-pin power header.

GeForce GTX 1060 Power Connectors

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is rated at 120W TDP and has just one 6-pin PCIe power connector. Some custom GeForce GTX 1060 designs will feature an 8-pin connector, but shouldn’t be needed unless you are doing some very extreme overclocking!

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One of the interesting things that NVIDIA has done with the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is place the 6-pin PCIe power connector at the end of the GPU cooler off the fan shroud. This is interesting as NVIDIA had to solder wires to the reference board to be able to ‘move’ the 6-pin power connector to the end of the cards cooler for better wire management in PC cases. The concern and feedback from the enthusiast community is that this will make using a water block or custom cooler nearly impossible on the Founders Edition. On the other hand you are paying a $50 premium for the Founders Edition and the big selling point for that card is obviously the sweet looking full metal GPU Cooler!

GeForce GTX 1060 Video Card Back

On the back of the GeForce GTX 1060 you’ll find no back plate or GDDR5 memory chips, so there isn’t too much to talk about. Notice that the SLI Bridge connection is missing from the GeForce GTX 1060? Sadly, NVIDIA has informed us that SLI is not going to be supported on the GeForce GTX 1060 series and we can assume that all future cards in the class will not be supporting multi-GPU technology. It appears that NVIDIA will be using SLI multi-GPU technology support to differentiate between the mainstream and high-end graphics cards.

GeForce GTX 1060 Video Card Outputs

When it comes to video outputs the GeForce GTX 1060 features three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b and one Dual-Link DVI to ensure that you’ll be able to hook it up to your existing display. EVGA is using the reference board design on the EVGA GeForce GTX SC, so the only difference here is the exhaust bracket.

Let’s move along to the test system overview and then get straight on to the benchmark results!

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  • R3mba

    I just ordered evgfa gtx 1060 sc version..I have pc mate h97 board,and i5 4690k, will this card work ok? I have 1080p monitor and not even considering to go higher ever!

  • Sam Samy

    Quand je vois les débits via Gpu z et que je compare par ex une “veuille” gtx770 avec la nouvelle gtx1060(ça pour montré la pseudo évolution sur les cartes milieux de gamme à plusieurs générations d’écart.
    La 770 sur papier devance sur presque tout les plans majeurs la nouvelle 1060 chers puisque ressente mais pourquoi avoir de plus?pas grand chose….

    Avantages de la Gtx770 sur la Gtx1060:
    Gtx770/Gtx1060: GTexels/s: 135.6/128.6, Bus Width :256bits/192bits,
    BandWidth : 224/192.2Gb/s/,Shaders :1536/1280, TMµUs:128/80 .

    Avantages de la Gtx1060 sur la Gtx770:
    Rops: 48/32, Pixel/s :77.1/33.9GPixels/s, Ram: 6go/2go
    Technologie 16nm/28nm, directx “”12″””/11 .

    Bref tout ça pour dire, vu le prix au quel sont vendu les gtx1060(450euro:), autant se payer d’occasion une bonne Gtx970 ou 980 ou encore une 780 qui sera forcement meilleur et moins chers qu’une 1060 qui n’offre que la gestion du directx12, rarement exploité et vu la puissance, ne pourra pas l’etre vraiment, et ce pas significatif à l’image, alors d’occase oui, mais qu’importe, tant qu’elle en vrai bon état(vous êtes seul juge à l’achat) . .
    Chez NviDia les numérotées 60 ou ti, sont des cartes bridée, prévus pour qu’elles ne dépassent jamais vraiment les hautes gammes des 2 voir 3 générations qui précédent tout en étant proportionnellement vendu plus chers que les générations précédente.
    “Rien ne sert de courir, il faut partir à point”

  • Renegadian

    I have a GTX 1060. That being said Yesterday I was playing some Counter Strike when all of a sudden my monitor went black. I thought it was nothing, so I went and rebooted it and I went to go play some more Counter Strike. The monitor went black AND the fans on the card and the PC were Blowing super hard.
    I want to stop it from doing this, so is there any way at all to adjust the temp to where it wont overheat?

  • Michael Carnero

    Evga gtx 1060 sc 6g or evga gtx 1060 ftw+ I have atx normal mobo. Thanks for the answer

  • chimera_85

    I have the 960 SC also with 1 fan and the temps are so low, seems the same with this one. EVGA are pretty amazing haha.

  • DiscussDisqus

    You did not even take the cooler off for us to get a better look. This not a legit review.

  • Mirek A Hotovo

    Please forgive me for asking maybe a trivial question like this… but I don’t understand it yet… on the screens it says core clock goes as high as 1900Mhz and above… how come when specifications say Boost clock is 1708MHz? What does the Boost clock number mean anyway then?

    • Nick Sears

      Boost clock is a MINIMUM GUARANTEE. The actual clock speed is much higher due to GPU Boost 3.0, which rewards low temps + low power. The higher the temps, the lower the GPU Boost 3.0 value.

      • Mirek A Hotovo

        Well thanks Nick… not sure about your answer though… I own this card, base clock is 1506 Mhz, boost clock is 1708 Mhz, right? Have a look on this screenshot I just made https://snag.gy/K7Q46x.jpg
        As you can see it on the left-top part it is running on 1506 Mhz which is Base clock and not a MINIMUM GUARANTEE Boost clock as you’ve stated.. so… Thanks again for the answer but..
        Anyone else who actually knows what is Boost clock?

  • NBH

    Ordered one of the SC cards yesterday, was going backwards and forwards between that and the Sapphire RX 480, hope I made the right choice. This card looks small, cool and quiet which is exactly what I wanted and its performance looks good in the review.

  • gamer

    if we compare amd rx 480 vs gtx 1060,its crystal clear that gtx 1060 is winner ,all category.

    dunno why any1 buy rx 480.,i mean its expensive gpu for its performance and properties,and running high temp and also,its noisier.

    looks evga version of gtx 1060 is also excellent gpu!

  • gamer

    what answer or so you ned??

    read test,just read it and eat it.
    check numbers and read lines and text,wtf else u need.

    gtx 1060 is so much better gpu many ways than rx 480.

    do i need say all categories loud and write here?

    i dont think do.

    take that red glasses of your nouse and think wich one you gonna buy

    gtx 1060 is best all way and no matter what nitro or turbo universum version coming out,hardware stay same.

    rx 480 vs gtx 1060 0-5

    stop drinking red liniment and trt pick up better gpu.thats ti.

  • Dave

    Wondered why you compared the 8 GB 480 with the 6GB 1060 when your previous tests suggested the 4GB 480 is just as quick. If you compare the 4GB 480 £183 in the Uk to the 1060 around £240 the 480 is a no brainer. Virtually the same performance in DX12 for nearly £60 less what a skewed NVidia review.

    • Deiosis

      Probably because people such as yourself would have said this: Why did you compare the 4gb 480 to the 6gb 1060? Although it is small, the 8gb version is measurably faster than the 4gb, enough to make a difference in a comparison such as this. What a skewed NVidia review.

      • Dave

        What do you mean by people such as yourself ? point I was trying to make was the fairly substantial saving by getting the 4GB card. The difference between 55FPS or 51 FPS is not worth £50 and it is also not a fair comparison between the two cards. Loads of other review sites have compared the 4GB 480 with the 1060 and have concluded the 1060 is poor value, at least in the UK.

        • MC_bot

          RX 480 4GB is better bang for the buck than founders 1060 for sure. The EVGA SC and EVGA ACX are much cheaper than founders though so their bang for buck is better than founders.

          I would say the RX 480 4GB is a perfect 1080p card. IT will also probably do well enough at 1440p for the next couple years. The 1060 is overkill at 1080p unless you are shooting for 144 Hz but is probably a better card at 1440p.

          Neither card is going to make it past 2 years life span though and the whole argument for the RX 480 is actually the argument against both. RX 480 is better at DX12; this is true so the argument goes that RX 480 will be more future proof as developers make more DX12 games. Probably also true but the issue is that DX12 allows for much more eye candy and power usage so as developers move to DX12 it will outperform GTX 1060 but these are both midrange cards; they will both be underpowered in 2 years as games start needing twice the GPU power to run in Ultra at the same frame rates.

          If you are buying a mid range card right now you should be buying it to play games that you play now and those that will be out in the next year at most. The DX12 list for the next year is not that large so the 1060 probably wins in terms of pure performance and the 480 4GB wins in price to performance if we look at MSRP. Where I live though the cheapest 480 I can get is $335 Canadian and the cheapest 1060 is $339 Canadian….1060 wins easily.

    • Andrew Lazzarin

      In Canada at Memory Express (big western retailer), the EVGA 1060 in this review is $10 more than the cheapest reference RX480, and about $45 less than the cheapest AIO custom RX480.

      Kinda makes the 6GB 1060 a no brainer to me.

  • Nathan Kirsch

    The new 0db Fan Stop BIOS works great!

    Old BIOS ID: 86.03.0E.00.00
    New BIOS ID: 86.03.0E.00.01

    Noise is way down at idle/load, but temps are of course up. Power at idle dropped from 96W down to just 94-95W with the fan off. vBIOS update process is simple…

    Uninstall all NVIDIA drivers, reboot PC
    Run setup file
    Reboot PC again and install drivers

    Going to update the review.

    • def

      which bios will be shipped with the cards in shops?

    • Brian

      Thanks for the update Nathan. HUGE plus for engaging with the community. Few reviewers do that.

      If it’s not too much trouble, could you 100% confirm that in addition to a 0% idle fan speed, can you manually adjust the fan speed to say 20-30% (600-900rpm) via say MSI Afterburner (or EVGA’s equivalent)? The reason many keep asking about this stuff is that EVGA previously stupidly locked their single fan Mini-ITX 750Ti to 42% min speed which was just above the threshold of acceptability for a silent HTPC. Personally I’m interested in the card, and for lighter games that don’t load the GPU 100% (or even heavy games with a 50-100MHz underclock / mild undervolt), a super quiet 20-30% fan speed that also kept load temps below 75c in a single fan Mini-ITX version would finally mean an end to the “compact, quiet, cool – pick two of three” compromise that we’ve seen previously! Thanks.

      • Nick Sears

        Yes 20% fan speed is possible because this is a 4-pin fan rather than the 2-pin in the 750 Ti.

      • Nathan Kirsch

        yes, you can set the temp to whatever you like now. I tried 5,10,15,20 and so on with no issues. I attached a picture of 15% fan speed and I was getting just shy of 400 RPM with that.

  • def

    can u tell me if the ram and stuff is cooled as well or just the gpu chip?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      The metal baseplate makes contact with just the GPU. There are no thermal pads on the GDDR5 IC’s or MOSFETS that connect them to the main heatsink. They are just cooled with the airflow from the cooling fan blowing down and across the PCB.

      • def

        thx fot he reply. u think its fine with just the gpu cooler or should u go for cool pads with strong oc?

        • Nathan Kirsch

          I think it would be fine unless you have a very low fan speed set. It would be nice to have VRM temps on these cards to see what is actually going on there.

  • dosporuno

    That’s a huge temp delta between the two cards! I have an old HP case with one exhaust fan and no intake fan. Temps have been fine for an older Core2 quad core CPU and EVGA GTX 750 Ti SC. I have a Noctua CPU cooler that’s very quiet and an EVGA 750 watt power supply that’s overkill on wattage but only because I wanted it to run in fanless “Eco” mode all the time. It’s a very quiet and fairly cool running budget gaming system and I want to keep it this way.

    1) Did you find that the FE stayed fairly quiet, even at load?
    2) Did you monitor case temps during testing or get a feel that the FE was doing a better job expelling heat? I love my EVGA 750 Ti, but I know it’s just shedding its heat back into the case.

    They’re probably both fine for my application since I’d only be adding a net 60-75 watts to my current system, but I wondered if you had anything to add in terms of sound and heat. The EVGA is $275 with tax from Amazon or Newegg, and the FE is $299 shipped, no tax, direct from NVIDIA. So the price difference is a non-issue for me.

    Thanks

    • dosporuno

      And yes, the current CPU will be upgraded since this one will bottleneck virtually any GPU upgrade. Same TDP as current setup at 90 watts, so it’s a non-issue.

  • Samir Gupta

    I ordered the EVGA GTX 1060 SC card on Amazon, when it’s page said “Temporarily out of stock” yesterday. Any idea when they (EVGA) will start restocking and shipping back ordered cards?

  • AphexTwit

    Hey Nathan – great review. Based on this review I’m getting the EVGA SC version you tested – I have a huge case but this dinky card is one of the cheaper cards in France & Germany (€295) – probably because it doesn’t have the bling factor or any LEDs. I like the temps and noise levels, and if it overclocks as well as the more expensive custom cards then I’ll be happy. There is absolutely no point in spending nearly €400 which is what sellers want for the Strix cards – might as well save up for a 1070 at those prices.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the feedback and can’t wait to hear what you think of the EVGA GTX 1060 SC once you get your hands on it. What card are you upgrading from if you don’t mind me asking? I totally agree with you at €100 more it really does make more sense to get an entry level GTX 1070 with the GP104 GPU!

      • AphexTwit

        I had a 290X for about 6 months, which I sold 2 weeks ago for €240 so its not much of an upgrade but even though it was a Tri-X it was hot and a bit noisy, plus it didn’t overclock great. Still, the 290X was great for 5760 x 1080 Dirt Rally so I’m thinking the 1060 will get me to 60fps Ultra now. Plus I saw some recent benchmarks that suggest the 1060 seriously beats the 480 in Arma 3 which is the only other demanding title I want to play.

  • Nick Sears

    I have two further questions I hope you could be able to answer:

    1) How high are the temps when you overclocked and increased the power limits of the EVGA GTX 1060 SC?

    2) At stock settings, it appears that the EVGA SC card has a maximum clockspeed of 2012 MHz. However, how consistent is the clock speed over time? Does it remain constant at 2012MHz, or does it drop lower?

    Currently, this is the only review for the EVGA GTX 1060 SC, and due to the price and performance many people are interested in the card. So I hope you don’t mind us dropping by and asking some questions to get a better idea about the card.

    • eddmann

      No. 2 is a good point. I, too, would like to know the card’s sustainable clockspeed in longer time periods.

      • Nathan Kirsch

        1) The temps increased to 68C with the overclock when I played BF4 for 20 minutes straight on an open air test system with no fan blowing over the board.

        2) Playing BF4 at 4K with Ultra Presets shows that the core clock with the overclock used in the review was at 2025MHz after it was at full operating temperatures. It started out at 2075MHz and then dropped to 2062MHz at around 42C then dropped to 2050MHz at 52C, 2037MHz at 57C and then once it hit 60C it hit 2025MHz and was basically flat there.

        Remember every game title is different and resolution impacts temps big time. I ran this at 4K as that has been what I was using at the time, but lowering to 1080P would likely raise the temps/power consumption a bit and could lower the clock speed/FPS.

        Hope this helps! Along with the two images below to help show the results.

        • Nick Sears

          You seem to have spoiled something. Why is the fan speed now stuck at only at 45% on load? Isn’t that the idle speed? Your review shows the fan speed at 57% at load. So that explains the jump in temperature I suppose.

          Also, if you ever do find time, please update us with the clock speed consistently on stock settings for the card.

        • Benjamin Richter

          Does this card vent a fair amount of heat out of the back of the case? Looking to put this in a small enclosure with poor ventalation, but avoiding a reference style blower if possible.

        • defred34

          It does vent at least more than half the air back out the case, but it’s not a blower card so definitely some percentage of the hot air stays in the casing. You can see from the perpendicular fins and placement of the fan that it pushes most air out the back of the card.

          However, after a few minutes, the hot air regardless stays in your case and everything will incrementally heat up. So you do need one intake and one outtake fan to ventilate this hot air that remains in the case, otherwise temps will rise great just like any other axial-design GPUs.

          At least, this is how it is for me on the similar designed GTX 960 SC.

        • Benjamin Richter

          Thanks for your insights guys. I’m using an older Lian li mATX case with no rear exhaust fan but there is passive ventilation. I have an older i7 that is over clocked to 3.5ghz, and with blower style cards I have no throttling issues. I want to move to a very small itx case at some point for anew build, and thus was interested in the evga 1060 as it would fit the future the future build and still be usable until for the time being. I wonder how it would perform if the side and front venventilation on the card were restricted to only allow rear exhaust, even if that required higher fan speeds? I know if any GPU dumps heat that i7 will throttle…

        • Nathan Kirsch

          It’s split pretty evenly maybe 45% out and 55% in with this cooler design with the good old hand test. It won’t exhaust as much as a blower style card, but we already knew that. I am temperature testing on an open air test system with NO fans blowing across anything. Yes, it’s not locked in an enclosure, but it’s hotter than normal.

        • defred34

          How come the fanspeed here is just 45%? In your review article above, 45% is the idle fan speed and 57% is the load fan speed. Something seems amiss.

          Would this then explain the temperature rise from 60C > 68C after overclocking?

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Crap… looks like it didn’t default properly… EVGA sent me a beta vBIOS, so going to install that now. Basically you can set a fan speed anywhere from 0-100% now. EVGA will release as final version soon.

        • defred34

          Hmm, well that at least makes the temperature comparison not as useful when it is under load and overclocked.

          Hopefully, with the new vBIOS, you can test them out again at a constant fan speed so that we can compare the two values accurately.

          Anyway, glad to see that your article brought great awareness and EVGA is now allowing full control of the fan. Please do verify with the new vBIOS that you can also set speeds below 45% (but above 0%). Some people were saying it only had a 2-pin fan, hence the minimum spinning speed, but I doubt it.

        • Andrejs Silvans

          Thank you for this review and for the response to the above!
          Not looking for 4k gaming and this card will do perfect for a reasonably priced 1080p/1440p gaming card.
          Just placed an order and will wait for stock to become available 😀

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Awesome! Hope you placed an order through the site links to help support all the hard work the writers do!

    • gamer

      is it nice to get same info from rx 480 gpu.
      i heard its dropping alot power and throtling.

  • Nick Sears

    Would it be possible for you to show the max temperature and fan speed values for when you overclocked the GTX 1060? It would be useful to compare it to the overclocked temps and fan speeds of other GTX 1060 cards.

  • Jae Hoon Lee

    Based on this review, it seems the EVGA SC runs cooler than MSI’s Gaming X? o.o

  • Dear Nathan,

    Thank you so much for your review. It was the only one I could find when the gates opened on the morning of July 19th, and still remains the only one today. I had three choices to choose from, and will most likely decide on the MSI Gaming X version when it becomes available. For now, I have decided on the eVGA, thanks largely in part to your review. I have linked it to my Amazon review:

    https://smile.amazon.com/review/R22P092M1SYWTK/

    PS – your update on eVGA updating to implement the fanless mode soon is especially appreciated.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thank you Johnny that is awesome! Glad you enjoyed the review and can’t wait to get the new vBIOS to try it out!

  • eddmann

    Thanks you for reviewing EVGA’s short 1060. You seem to be the only one.

    I’m kind of new to your website and this is a good review, but I couldn’t find noise measurements. Could you kindly tell how loud it is in dB under load and idle?

  • Alex

    Did you mean to post the noise numbers too?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Noise numbers are coming… The 9V battery in my sound meter were low and it threw the calibration out due to the voltage drop. (I left it on overnight) I need to re-do the noise tests and I’ll add it into the review as soon as I can. Hopefully by tomorrow 7/21/2016.

  • Brn Info

    Hi there, thanks you for the amazing review !

    Do you OC the EVGA SC or the FE ? (or both) I’m looking to buy the amazing EVGA SC

    • Nathan Kirsch

      The card I tested is the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming that is sold under part number 06G-P4-6163-KR. It’s available for $259 before a $10 rebate and I did overclock it. Links to this model are found on the last page of the review.

  • Nick Sears

    Hi there, are you sure about the temperatures? 60C under maximum load seems suspiciously low on a single-fan card like the EVGA SC. And that too while being factory OCed and running at 2.0GHz!

    Also, can the fan speed be lowered at all at idle? 45% seems high, no?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      100% sure! The card has very good temperatures at load and I was shocked too, so long as GPU-Z is right the numbers are spot on. The idle fan speed did seem a bit high on that card and it was a bit louder than I expected. My sound meter battery (9V) was low and threw my noise numbers off, so I’ll set everything back up to test sound and see if the fan speed can be lowered. I am fairly certain in Precision X OC that you can manually adjust it to whatever you like, but not sure if you can adjust the factory curve.

      • Nick Sears

        It just seems so odd to me that it runs 45% fan on idle and maxes out at 57% under load (such a small variance in speed), giving just 60C max temps. I looked at the reviews of other “mega” dual-fan GTX 1060 with huge coolers and heatsinks, and they all seem to run at around 65C under load.

        I would truly appreciate it if you could try the Precision or Afterburner tool and see if you can set the idle fan curve lower or not. I fear EVGA may have locked it at 45%, but that is a huge waste since the card idles unnecessarily cool and it will just wear out the fan super fast for those of us who leave our PC on for 20 hours a day.

        Otherwise, assuming the fan speed and temps reading under load are correct, this is an amazing card!

        Thanks!

        • Nathan Kirsch

          I’m running EVGA Precision X OC v6.0.2.3 and confirmed idle is 45% after a clean driver install. On manual fan speed adjustment it will not go lower than 45% from the main menu. When you click on ‘Fan Curve’ you can adjust the curve, but it won’t set it. I went into the fan menu and selected the quite preset that has the fans set at 30% for idle and it wouldn’t set. I tried the toggle box for ‘enable automatic fan control’ and nothing either way. I’m going to reach out to EVGA on this!

        • Nick Sears

          Ok, so this was the same with my GTX 750 SC from EVGA. It couldn’t go below the 40% default idle value. But funny enough, the GTX 960 SC does run at 0% on idle on default factory settings.

          As you can see for yourself, it seems like a huge waste having the fan running at 45% at idle cause the temps don’t need to be that low. Even 20% would make more sense, if they do want some active cooling.

          Please do update when you hear back from EVGA.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Just heard back from EVGA about this ‘issue’ you helped bring to light and they told me that EVGA will implement a 0dB fan mode via a vBIOS update! They didn’t get me an ETA, but are working on a vBIOS update for this particular model thanks to community feedback!

        • Nick Sears

          I wouldn’t have called it an “issue” either, so much as a missing feature. Anyway thanks for reaching out to them, it may have had an impact as well. And of course thanks for your review, since that what brought this to light in the first place.

        • Víctor Marino

          Hey Nathan, just wondering something.

          Can you see how many pins the fan connector actually has in the PCB?

          Looking at your charts, it seems like the fan either runs at 40% or 65%, but there’s doesn’t seem to be any fine tuning of the speeds depending on temperature.

          It could be that it only has 2 pins so all it can do is run at 3 preset states?

          It would be a shame because I don’t know if it’d be possible at all to tweak fan curves or anything like that.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Victor, yes it’s clearly visible as shown in the image I took for you below. It has a 4-pin fan like the reference card and there are four trace routes on the PCB. Overnight EVGA got back to me and stated that the new vBIOS will allow for lower fan speeds to be set and they will send it to me ASAP for testing.

        • Víctor Marino

          Thanks, that’s great news!

          Any idea then why they might have shipped the card with a fan curve that cannot be changed at all?

          I mean, is there any technical reason why a card like this would have a 2-step fan curve?

          I’m just wondering if the VBIOS fix is actually going to unlock custom fan curves (which don’t work right now as you said), or if they’re going to keep it locked but just change the fan steps from 40% / 60% to something like 10% / 60% and call it a day.

          I’m aware you won’t know the details until you actually receive the patch of course – just interested to hear your opinion as I don’t know much about fan technology (or GPUs in general!).

  • DAVE

    EVGA site says the card is 6.8 inches not 7.1

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Dave, not a problem and happy to help with your build. The PCB on the card is 6.8″ in overall length, but the fan shroud plastic extends past that. I just took a picture to show you with an SSD at the end to show the straight line down to the tape from the end of the card. Hope this helps and hopefully you’ll agree with me on the length I used in the review. I’m sure for your tiny modded case that you can cut the end of the fan shroud off if needed.

      • DAVE

        Thanks for the response, yeah I might have to cut the fan, shame EVGA aren’t more pacific with the card specs

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Yeah, luckily the heatsink fins end right at the end of the card, so a trim job will be easy!

        • Nvidia de mis 3.5gb

          Hola buenas, me gustaría saber el ASIC de GPUZ y y si la gráfica con el arreglo de la velocidad del ventilador tiene mejores temperaturas, merece la pena la evga itx sc? o cualquier otro modelo es mejor?

      • DAVE

        oh joy I don’t even have to cut the fan, it’s gonna be a tight squeeze tho ha
        thanks for the assist 😉