Overclocking the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming Edition ACX 2.0
We did not run the overclocked benchmarks of the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming edition yet. We will follow up this week with an overclocked evaluation versus the overclocked Red Devil RX 470. Overclocking the Pascal GTX 1060s are not as quite easy as overclocking Maxwell architecture-based cards. We already overclocked the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 with PrecisionX OC and you can read about methods and our results here.
We learned that experienced overclockers won’t want to bother with the PrecisionX OC scanner at all – except perhaps to rough in a quick overclock as a starting point. The main thing to remember if want as high an overclock as possible is to turn the voltage up to maximum, set the fan profile to “aggressive” or to 100%, and go from there.
You also need to remember that Pascal overclocking is highly temperature dependent. Keep your GPU cool and you will max out your overclock. Adding voltage is secondary – it only moves the limit up a bit – as the GPU’s BIOS controls it automatically, and it is best used to stabilize a marginal overclock.
These are the results of looping Heaven 4.0 at completely stock settings. The GPU clock boosts to 1809MHz.
Now we move the Power/Temp Targets to their maximum. As you can see, the Boost 3.0 only moves up a single increment to 1822MHz . The Power/Temp targets whether at maximum or at default make little performance difference to the low TDP GTX 1060. Temperatures stay at or below 81C with the stock fan profile and the ACX 2.0 fan is very quiet.
After spending hours incrementally overclocking our EVGA 1060 3GB we settled on our maximum overclock. The EVGA GTX 1060 3GB’s card’s guaranteed base clock is 1506MHz and its boost clock is 1708MHz. The boost we actually got first rose up to 2025MHz when a game would first start but would stabilize as the GPU temperature increased to around 1822MHz, or 114MHz higher than the guaranteed Boost for this entry level GTX 1060 3GB. Our preliminary stable over clock is +125MHz offset to the core for a minimum boost that fluctuates between 1974MHz and 1987MHz.
Since the GDDR5 memory is not further overclocked by EVGA, we found that we gained some impressive performance by overclocking the memory clocks +400MHz, to 4404MHz. These are the preliminary clocks that we set for our EVGA GTX 1060 3GB and we shall follow up with its performance results versus the overclocked Red Devil RX 470 in the next evaluation.
You can download PrecisionX directly here where you can download it for free.
Lets see how the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB compares with the GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition, with the Red Devil RX 470, and with other competing cards of Summer, 2016.