And today marks the introduction to Nvidia’s latest member, the GeForce GTX 1060 and what we have in goldfries’ lab is the one from ZOTAC – the AMP Edition.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

The Zotac GTX 1060 AMP is a small card with dual-fan cooling. How small? Just look at the size of the unit against the PCI-E bracket and PCI-E connector at the bottom.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

There’s no backplate for this model, unlike the GTX 950 AMP Edition that I reviewed before and I must say that the GTX 950 looks a lot nicer.

Anyway the GTX 1060 model here requires only a single 6-pin PCI-E connector.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

At the back, the usual I/O ports and what you can see here are copper heatpipes stretching across the bottom area.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMApacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

I managed to add over 200Mhz to the default core clock but there were a few games that the card seem to fail completing benchmarks, so I finally settled in with 150Mhz. As for memory, I added some 200Mhz to it with no issue.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP6215
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC6516
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Reference32N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference54N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference6517
Zotac GTX 1070 FE9224
AMD RX 4805214

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP8529.5
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC9032
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Reference53N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference80N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference8834
Zotac GTX 1070 FE12044
AMD RX 4808026

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP8932
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC9634
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Reference42N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference71N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference9238
Zotac GTX 1070 FE13252
AMD RX 4809033

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP11438
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC11940
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Reference73N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference112N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference12343
Zotac GTX 1070 FE137.4455
AMD RX 48011035

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP4530
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC4833
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Reference23N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference37N/A
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference5035
Zotac GTX 1070 FE6144
AMD RX 4803727

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP5822
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC6124
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference61N/A
Zotac GTX 1070 FE8233
AMD RX 4805623

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP3624
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC3826.3
Zotac GTX 1070 FE4833
AMD RX 4803324

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP6331
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC6634
Zotac GTX 1070 FE7042

Here’s an overview of the relevant performance based on available data, the first 5 games and in DirectX 11 at Full HD resolution.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP4177
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP (Full RPM)3675

The fan hovers at around 85% on AUTO settings when on high load but what’s great about it is that it’s still pretty quite, even at 100% RPM it sounds like the noise level of Founders Edition cooler at 50% – 60% RPM.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 107w.

CardZotac GTX 1060 AMP
Furmark Burn-in202
Estimated Actual System Draw183
Estimated Card Power Draw76

The Verdict

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition retails at RM 1,399 – So how does it fare against the AMD RX 480? It costs a bit more but you get quite a lot more performance out of it and it doesn’t draw as much power as the RX 480. Unlike the RX 480 that requires some voltage boost just to overclock (and resulting in more heat) the GTX 1060 overclocks without needing voltage adjustment and gains quite a performance boost out of it without suffering from additional heat.

Put it simple – you have a winner here, the once rather attractive AMD RX 480 now looks pale in comparison as GeForce GTX 1060 cards now reigns in its stead.

If you are a GTX 970 or GTX 980 card owner, or even R9 390 or R9 390X owner – don’t bother because you will be side-grading. For some games it is an upgrade but the improvement is not significant.

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