Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The GeForce GTX 1060 is the second GPU with the Pascal architecture that I’ve had the opportunity to review. The GTX 1060 is Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s RX480 GPU. Here soon we should have a 480 in our hands for some head to head testing. The GTX 1060 is also poised to be the mainstream GPU offering from Nvidia. The Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition is the top offering in their 1060 line up.
Most consumers choose to spend between $250-$350 for their graphics cards. The Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition tips the scales at a paltry $279 USD. Considering that most consumers run their graphics cards at 1920×1080 and given the performance of this GPU at that resolution, I feel this is an awesome value. At 1920×180, most of the games I tested were very playable at 1920×1080 with the graphics quality options turned up. There are a few games such as The Witcher 3 or Crysis 3 that will need some tweaks to bring the performance to the playable level. Even jumping up to 2560×1440 resulted in playable frame rates, again quality settings would need to be reduced in order to hit the magic 60 FPS. Zotac’s GTX 1060 AMP! edition GPU is a no-frills card and at $279 is supposed to be. The inclusion of things such as LED lighting and a back plate would push the price of the card up and would reduce it’s value. I think Zotac has a very solid product with this GPU. Price and performance wins this GPU the must have award.