Overclocking & Noise

Overclocking and noise

The GTX 1060, like the GTX 1070, are very quiet cards even when overclocked.  We did not get to spend more than a few minutes with the new Precision XOC and we did not use its automatic overclocking scanner but instead settled on a core offset of +200MHz and +700MHz added to the memory clocks.  This is a very preliminary overclock that will be fine tuned in a follow up evaluation pitting the overclocked GTX 1060 versus the overclocked RX 480 and versus the overclocked GTX 980.

Here are the settings we used at idle.  Although we never adjusted the voltage or the automatic fan profile, we set the Power and Temperature targets to their maximum (116% and 92C).new PrecisionX OC - idle

Let’s look at a series of screen shots using Precision XOC starting with completely stock values and moving up to our highest stable Heaven 3.0 overclock, and compare the GPU 3.0 Boost clocks, memory clocks, temperatures, throttling, and fan profile.  As we loop Heaven continually at 2560×1440 in a window, we first start with everything completely at default stock settings (with Power/Temp targets to maximum).

These are the results after our first Heaven 3.0 loop with the temperature settling in at 73C.loop-1

Maximum boost at absolute default (power target is 116% and temp is set to 92C; everything else is automatic) is 1847MHz when it is cool and it drops to about 1822MHz.  Voltage varies from 1025mV to about 1043mV as it starts to heat up; at 73C, the boost clocks drop to an average locked-on core clock of 1822MHz.  At stock values, it is pretty quiet with the fan speeds well below 2000 rpm. 

Here are our results after looping Heaven 3.0 for about an hour and we see very little change.loop-X

Next, we overclock the GTX 1070 to our maximum tested preliminary stable overclock in Heaven, but leave everything else on automatic – except for the Power and Temperature targets which are always left on Maximum.

200mhz-warm-loop MEM 700

We saw our boost clocks now reach and stay locked on to 2025 MHz and our memory clocks hit 4704MHz.  Temperatures did not exceed 80C at any point and the voltage automatically moves up to about 1031mV..  The fan is more noticeable at 2150 rpm, but still decently quiet at our maximum overclock.  And of course, the performance in Heaven 3.0 increases significantly with this overclock.  We added no extra voltage and the fan profile was left on automatic and we never saw any throttling!

Performance scaling with 6 Games

We only tested five DX12 games at our maximum preliminary overclock at stock voltage and fan profile.1060-OC

We can conclude that the GTX 1060 scaling is decent with a solid preliminary overclock.  We will test overclocking the GTX 1060 with the updated Precision XOC further in an evaluation devoted to maximum overclocking of the GTX 1060 versus the RX 480 and versus the GTX 980 next week.  In that evaluation, we may well crank up and fine tune the voltage and increase the fan profiles to give an even higher set of overclocks.

Let’s check out the performance charts.