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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP!On the heels of the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 releases, Nvidia drops the GTX 1060. The GTX 1060 is marketed as a mainstream card and the reference card is targeting the $250 range while partner boards tend to be slightly higher. For this review we present the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition graphics card. The Zotac GeForce 1060 features their Icestorm cooler that uses 90mm fans to keep the 1060 temperatures under control. The new GPU also contains 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM vs the 4 GB of RAM we are used to seeing on past mainstream cards.

 

Review Sample Provided by: Zotac
Product Name: ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1060 AMP! Edition
Price at time of review: $ $279.99 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

 

Packaging

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition Graphics Card comes packaged in a brightly colored yellow and grey box. The front of the box doesn’t have much art work but the rear of the box does and goes into more detail on the card’s features and specifications.

 

Inside the thin outer packaging sits a thicker box with the graphics card tucked safely away inside.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP!

 

There isn’t much besides the graphics card included, in the box and honestly there doesn’t need to be. Inside the box there is a user manual and a dual molex to 6-pin power cable for those consumers that may not have a 6-pin on their power supply.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP!

 

Specifications

  • GPU
    GeForce® GTX 1060
  • CUDA cores
    1280
  • Video Memory
    6GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bus
    192-bit
  • Engine Clock
    Base: 1556 MHz
    Boost:1771 MHz
  • Memory Clock
    8 GHz
  • PCI Express
    3.0
  • Display Outputs
    3 x DisplayPort 1.4
    HDMI 2.0b
    DL-DVI
  • HDCP Support
    Yes
  • Multi Display Capability
    Quad Display
  • Recommended Power Supply
    400W
  • Power Consumption
    120W
  • Power Input
    6-pin
  • DirectX
    12 API feature level 12_1
  • OpenGL
    4.5
  • Cooling
    Dual Fan IceStorm
  • Slot Size
    Dual Slot
  • SLI
    No
  • Supported OS
    Windows 10 / 8 / 7
  • Card Length
    210mm x 128mm
  • Accessories
    Dual 4-pin to 6-pin adapter
    User Manual


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17 comments

  1. 4GB RX 480 is only $199, and offers similar performance to the $279 GTX 1060 card.

    RX 480 is the better value, by far.

  2. Well…4GB version doesn´t “exists” right now and no, it really has not the same performance. 8GB version is for the same price.

  3. ” it really has not the same performance.”

    RX 480 with 4GB runs most games at 1080 high-detail at 60 frames/sec or better.

    There is NO reason to waste $280-$320 for a GTX 1060 card. It only has 192-bit memory, and is way overpriced.

  4. dave doesnt know how all this computer stuff works clearly…

  5. I know that 1080p gaming at 60 frames/sec works perfectly on the RX 480 4GB card.

    Why let NVidia rip you off for the GTX 1060? It’s totally not worth the money! If I I were gaming at 1440p, GTX 1070 is a fine card. 1060 is pointless.

  6. I was wondering about the lighting settings in the witcher 3, since the ultra preset doesnt modify the lighting

  7. Newegg has a very nice MSI RX 470 4GB card in stock, right now, for $199.

    The RX 470 is perfect for 1080p gaming. Why spend 300 bucks for GTX 1060? That’s a rip off.

  8. #DavetheIdioticAMDfanboy

  9. You’re paying 40% more for 35% more performance and 50% more VRAM, sounds like a good deal to me.

  10. “40% more for 35% more performance and 50% more VRAM”

    RX 470 runs games butter-smooth at 1080p. 40% more money, 50% more VRAM doesn’t mean squat! Can you tell the difference between 60 fps and 80 fps? Nope!

    People that overpay for 1060 cards are just flushing money down the toilet.

  11. shut up Dave

  12. It’s october dave, and there are still rx 480’s for $200… (i live in US)
    Cheapest around are $230, which at that point, you might as well go for 1060.
    I smell a red fan.

  13. Does it support Motherboard Express card slot 2.00…?

  14. @Leon – PCI-Express 3.0 devices are backwards compatible with PCI-Express 2.0 slots and PCI-Express 2.0 devices are also forward compatible with PCI-Express 3.0 slots.

  15. Does the Zotac 1060 AMP have VRM cooling pads?

  16. On the Zotac 1060 it actually has a small heatsink for the VRM. The pads that help the heat transfer process from the VRM to the heatsink.

  17. My benchmark scores for the GTX 1060 are WAY higher than the ones in this article, I think something else is dragging down the benchmarks.

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