The ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX OC Edition is a mid-range graphics card based on the Pascal architecture and has two DisplayPort inputs, two HDMI ports and a DVI connector.
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Pro The best cooling of any GTX 1060 card
The ROG Strix cooler ASUS used keeps this card cooler than any other GTX 1060 (other than the MSI GTX 1060 Dual Fan, which is equally as impressive). In an idle situation, the GPU heats up to 42 degrees Celsius and 63 degrees under full load. The temperatures measured for a reference GTX 1060 are 33 and 78 degrees Celsius for idle and load, respectively.
Because the Strix uses a semi-passive cooling solution, the fans do not spin up at all in idle, which explains the slightly higher temperature. Under full load however, the performance of the Strix cooler is noticeable better with a massive 15° C difference. This cooler also prevents throttling, which occurs when temperatures of around 80° are reached. If it ever managed to reach this temperature, the graphics card would clock itself down in order to remain cool, effectively sacrificing performance...however this is very unlikely to happen.
Pro Noticeable performance increases compared to reference GTX 1060
The higher clock, boost and memory speeds of the ROG Strix OC Edition result in a higher performance compared to a reference 1060 card. For example, the ROG card achieves an average of 122 FPS in Doom, compared to 116 average frames per second for a reference 1060, tested in 1080p. The difference is more noticeable on a higher 1440p resolution, 78 vs 73 frames per second. Similar results can be seen in Rise of The Tomb Raider (1080p), where the ROG Strix card achieves 99 FPS, which is a tad higher than the reference GTX 1060's 93 average frames per second.
Pro Features adjustable RGB lightning
The exterior of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 ROG STRIX features some RGB lights and you can adjust the color of these lights via the included software package. This allows you to customize the look of the graphics card, which can be useful if your setup is built with a specific color scheme in mind.
Pro Extremely quiet operation
The fans of the Strix cooler will only start to spin if the GPU reaches a temperature higher than 60 degrees Celsius. This means that the card is completely silent in an idle situation. Even under full load, noise production of the ASUS ROG 1060 is very limited, with only 32.7 decibels (A) measured.
For comparison: a reference GTX 1060 produces 34.4 dbA of noise. It is only bested by the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X card. Since the decibels scale is logarithmic, a difference of 10dB in reality means a doubling of the sound output.
Con Longer than a reference GTX 1060
The Asus GTX 1060 6GB ROG Strix OC Edition is a lot longer than a reference GTX 1060, with a length of 11.73 inches (298 mm) compared to the the usual 9.8 inch (250 mm). This may cause some compatibility issues in enclosures that don't have room for larger graphics cards.
Con Very expensive
The ASUS GTX 6GB Strix OC edition is one of the most expensive GTX 1060 cards on the market. Combined with availability issues, pricing can be a serious issue.