The Conclusion

 The Conclusion

We have no trouble giving a big recommendation to the EVGA GTX 1060 SC Gaming Edition with ACX 2.0.  At $259 it is small, it looks great, runs cool and is very quiet, and its out of the box performance is higher than the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 which costs $40 more.  The only reason one might choose a reference Founder’s Edition GTX 980 Ti at $299 instead is if one may prefer the “look” of the built-by Nvidia reference card.

The EVGA GTX 1060 SC runs cooler than the Founders Edition, costs less, is quieter and is built just as well from what we can tell.  Unfortunately, the lackluster overclocking performance of the reference RX 480 in a similar price range at around $239 leaves it out of contention in our opinion.  The EVGA GTX 1060 SC is faster and it overclocks better for only $20 more.

EVGA GTX 1060 SC  Pros

  • The EVGA GTX 1060 SC beats the $40 more expensive Founders Edition in performance and in quietness, and it also beats its RX 480 competitor at a similar price.
  • With one 6-pin PCIe connector, TDP and power draw are good and it is very quiet in comparison to the reference GTX 1060 Founders Edition, especially when overclocked.  It runs much cooler and does not require 100% fan to achieve the same maximum overclock.  ACX 2.0 cooling is very effective for this card.
  • Overclockability is excellent out of the box – GPU Boost 3.0 works as advertised.
  • The card is well-built, looks great and fits into a smaller space than the Founders Edition.
  • The GeForce Experience and GameWorks, including ShadowPlay, enhance the gaming experience.  G-SYNC helps to smooth gaming framerates by syncing the display to the GPU and it allows for smooth framerates without stuttering or tearing.
  • EVGA has excellent support and a 3-year warranty.

Cons

  • It is out of stock at the $259 price.

The Verdict:4-8-2015-8;50;59-PM

  • If you are buying a fast video card right now and looking for good performance for a better than entry-level VR or for maxed out 1920×1080 or even higher resolution gaming, the EVGA GTX 1060 SC is an excellent choice.  The GTX 1060 beats its competition the reference RX 480 at stock, it overclocks significantly better, and it uses less power.
  • We would choose the EVGA GTX 1060 SC in every situation over the more expensive reference Founders Edition.  It runs faster out of the box, it runs cooler, and it is quieter especially when overclocked.
  • We would like to award the EVGA GTX 1060 SC BTR’s Good Value Award.

We do not know what the future will bring, but the EVGA GTX 1060 SC brings an excellent performer to the Pascal GeForce family and it clearly establishes itself as an excellent value.  On top of this, the EVGA GTX 1060 SC is highly recommended for its excellent cooling and quietness as well as the great EVGA warranty and support.

If you currently game on an older generation video card, you will do yourself a big favor by upgrading. The move to a GTX 1060 will give you better visuals on the DX11 and DX12 pathways and the GTX 1060 is faster than the RX 480 and it overclocks better.

AMD offers their own set of features including Eyefinity 2.0 and FreeSync, but their Polaris RX 480 as represented by the reference version card, simply cannot touch the raw power of the GTX 1060 when it is overclocked.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR. We are going to overclock our PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 this week, and we will also bring you GTX 1070 SLI versus the TITAN X.  And we will also test the performance of Nvidia’s 372.54 WHQL drivers which came out yesterday.  And don’t forget to check BTR forums.  Our tech discussions are among the best to be found anywhere!

Happy Gaming!

Mark Poppin

BTR Editor-in-Chief

 

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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