In this article, I give you my Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Amp! Edition review with specs included. Games benchmarks for this graphics card are also added below. Do you want to play all current games at full HD or 1080p resolution at Ultra-max detail or close to it at 60 frames per second or greater? Well, you’ve come to the right place because this video card will do it. Not only will it do it but it’s under $300 MSRP.
It is a low power draw and compact size so it will fit into most computers without any problems more about that below. First, let me go ahead and open it up show you the card and let me talk to you about why I’m actually very excited about this card and not just the GeForce GTX1060 but this card in particular.
I have reviewed many video cards here before, however, this is one of the better ones. The combination of price-performance features and what computers you can easily install this in make for a very, very compelling argument.
This is the 1000 series of cards from Nvidia released in the summer of 2016 and it is a huge improvement over the 2015 year’s models. I know marketing companies like to use terms like ‘huge’ and ‘massive’ easily but this time they’re justified. Usually, when new cards come out you get anywhere between a 10 or 20 percent performance increase year over a year. It’s always an increase but usually, it’s pretty modest but not this time.
The GeForce GTX 1060 is fully 80% faster than the 960 which came before it. That’s not a small increase, that’s massive. The 1000 series is a big deal, that is a huge increase, it’s almost a doubling of performance. It’s hard to get excited when I say look at the new cards it’s 20% faster than last year.
The graphics card comes in a nice black box. Here is what is inside the box. It’s nothing too special, just some regular stuff. We have a brochure, a quick installation guide, fair enough, it’s always nice to have these if you’re new to installing graphics cards it’s definitely worth a quick look just to familiarize yourself with what you’re about to do. They gave us an adapter (I wrote more about it below). And then, we have a video card.
The card comes in a bubble anti-static bag which I like much more than the plain anti-static bags which don’t give you anything to protect the card with. Then here’s what the card looks like. There are two large fans on it and there’s a sticker right across the front ‘remove before first use’ and it’s cautioning you this has what they like to call ‘freeze tech’, that is a fancy name for the fact that this has zero fan speed technology when you are not gaming the fans will not spin.
This card does not need to be cooled just running Windows, that’s great. It means it is completely and totally 100% silent when you’re just doing Windows. When you’re actually playing games the fans will at some point have to turn on but then, of course, you’re listening to sounds and blowing stuff up and having fun so you probably will never hear the card but when you’re just in Windows these fans won’t turn and they’ll be completely silent.
So we’ll go ahead and take that protective sticker off and there is actually not any other plastic on the card. Usually, when I get video cards they’re covered in plastic and they’re covered in things and you got to pull stuff out but this one is not. Appearance is entirely subjective, it’s a personal opinion but I think it’s an attractive-looking card.
You have got copper heat pipes along the bottom to carry away heat not that this card at 120-watt design power needs them but it has them. It allows you to overclock it and it’s got them up top. It’s got an aluminum heatsink and fins running all the way through it. Basically, just looking at the card, you’ve got two large fans of black fans with a silver shroud design and the Zotac name right on the top.
The back of the card is just the exposed circuit board which at this price point is what you’re going to get. You won’t get backplates or anything fancy at this price point. You have a single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector very important (more on this below). And then, on the back of the card, we have our standard 4 ports. And yes, this card will drive 4 monitors.