Performance Charts

Performance summary charts

The EVGA factory-clocked GTX 1060 SC vs. the reference Founders Edition and vs. the RX 480

All results except for Firestrike and Time Spy are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally in minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller font italics next to the averages).  The stock EVGA factory overclocked GTX 1060 SC performance results are in Column 1 (in white text), the reference Founders Edition is in the second column (in black text), and the RX 480 is in the third column (in white).

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As you can see, the factory-set EVGA GTX 1060 SC overclock brings a decent performance increase over the Founders Edition and its additional overclock pulls even further away from the stock RX 480 except for a very few games.  Now let’s overclock both the SC and the FE as far as they can each go and compare our additional manual overclocks.

The Stock and Overclocked EVGA GTX 1060 vs. the Stock and Overclocked GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition

All results except for Firestrike are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally in minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller font italics next to the averages).  The stock EVGA factory overclocked GTX 1060 SC performance results are in Column 1 (in white text), the SC’s overclocked performance results are in the second column (in Yellow text) the overclocked Founders Edition is in the third column (in white text), and the FE’s stock performance results are in the fourth column (in black).SC-OC-vs-FE-OC

As you can see, there is almost no difference between both manually well-overclocked cards.  Overall the overclocked EVGA GTX 1060 SC edges out the Founders Edition slightly, but benchmarking “noise” or margin of error obscures the results.  The real difference lies in the SC not requiring a much colder room or 100% fan as the FE does.  The EVGA GTX 1060 SC never throttles below 2101MHz and it remains much cooler and quieter than the Founders Edition during all benchmark runs.

The main summary chart: The Big Picture

This main summary chart is what we call, “The Big Picture” since it places our two main test cards into a much larger 10-configuration test bed. Driver revisions for each card are noted on the chart; GTX 1060 368.64 launch drivers are the performance equivalent of the WHQL 368.81 public release drivers.  An “X” means the benchmark was not run.  All results except for Firestrike and Time Spy are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally in minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller italics next to the average results).

Make sure to open this chart in another window or in a separate tab for better readability.big-pic

When we compare the $259 EVGA GTX 1060 SC against the $299 GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition, the value to performance gap may even widen further in favor of the EVGA card.  And the reference GTX 1060 is generally faster than the reference RX 480 which costs only $10 less.  The GTX 970 OC is in the $240 range but is slower than the GTX 1060, and the $199 RX 470 is in a class below the RX 480.  The older R9 280X and the GTX 960 OC are not even in the running performance wise.  And we also see that the overclocked GTX 1060s cannot catch the stock and much more expensive GTX 1070.

As an added bonus, the EVGA GTX 1060 SC is the quietest card of all tested and it runs much cooler than the GTX 1060 Founders Edition.

UPDATED 08/23/16.  Check out Tech of Tomorrow‘s video using our benchmarks!

Let’s head for our conclusion.

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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