Overclocking

Overclocking the EVGA GTX 1060 SC Gaming Edition ACX 2.0

Overclocking the Pascal GTX 1060s are not as 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.

This are the clocks that we get just above idle with everything set completely to stock with the Power/Temp Targets set to maximum.STOCK SETTINGS

This is the maximum overclock that we achieved with the GTX 1060 Founders Edition by setting the fan to 100%, turning up the voltage to 100% and cooling our room below 72F:

We achieved a final stable overclock of +225 MHz to the core which settled in at or above 2088MHz with GPU Boost 3.0 for the majority of our benching as we kept our room cool for all of our game benchmarks. . . . Our memory overclock remained at +700MHz for its clock of 4704MHz which greatly contributed to increased performance.

The EVGA GTX 1060 SC’s card’s base clock is 1607MHz, up 101MHz over the reference Founders Edition base clock, and the EVGA boost clock is 1835MHz, 127MHz higher than Nvidia’s guaranteed minimum reference boost of 1708MHz.  These are the clocks that we actually observed with our EVGA GTX 1060 SC with out of the box settings after looping Heaven 4.0 for at least one-half hour (Power/Temp Target set to maximum):Heaven Loop - stock - PT max 1999MHz

As you can see, the Boost 3.0 remains at 1999MHz with stock fan/voltage settings and only Power/Temp targets are at maximum and temperatures rose to a maximum of 65C in a warm room.

After spending hours incrementally overclocking our EVGA 1060 SC we settled on our maximum overclock.100 boost is also 2100MHz

As in the screenshot above, we looped Heaven 4.0 continuously with a +100MHz core offset and +750MHz added to the memory.  Ultimately, the memory was backed down to 700MHz and the voltage was set to maximum for complete stability, but the fan speed was left on automatic “Aggressive Profile”.  Although the temperatures again rose to a maximum of 65C with the voltage set to maximum, the EVGA GTX 1060 SC never throttled in a warm (77F) room, but its core clock remained locked on at a steady 2100MHz and the memory clocks were 4752MHz.

In contrast, the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 needed a 100% fan profile, a cold room (72F), and maximum voltage to reach the same +700MHz memory offset, but its core could not stay locked at 2100MHz, and it frequently dropped to 2088MHz as it throttled slightly.  So the EVGA 1060 SC not only ran cooler with far less fan noise, it overclocked slightly better.

You can download PrecisionX directly here where you can download it for free.

Lets see how the EVGA GTX 1060 SC compares with the Founders Edition, with the RX 480, and with other competing cards of Summer, 2016.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Wow… This is supposed to be a professional review? Half of it reads like an advertisement for EVGA and Nvidia and the other reads like fanboy fluff. You show Doom 2016 in OpenGL, rather than Vulkan, which favors Nvidia HW due to their OpenGL optimization. You point out RoTR (which favors Nvidia HW as it was built from the ground up with it’s HW in mind and DX12 was added as afterthought) as proof that the 1060 is “superior in pathways of …DX12”, but completely fail to acknowledge the stock reference RX 480 beating the OC GTX 1060 in the other three DX12 games. Then if you’re going to compare, compare the FE to the reference and a factory OCed RC 480 to the SC GTX 1060 to at least make it seem objective and fair. SMH..m

    • Review is spot on. The cards are nice and deserve the superlatives they get. I am new to this site, but already like their comparison charts at the end – quite comprehensive.

  2. From the picture we can see the EVGA uses the reference PCB with a smaller and more effective cooler. I like it.

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