ASUS GTX 1060 is a Great budget card!
My niece primarily playing the dying game Archeage. She has a mid-range card that is 2 generations old. Nvidia made a huge jump with their latest architecture. So it is really prime time to upgrade.
This brings me to the Asus GTX 1060, it will bottleneck the CPU at 1080P. My niece doesn’t play on a monitor with any higher resolution than that. I always try to consider the current equipment before upgrading. So my initial advice would always be what monitor do you have. So for my niece with having a monitor that only does 1080P @ 60Hz the Nvidia 1060 would be a good fit and should future proof it for a while.
The highest price I have seen for this card at the time of writing is a little over $400. There are other models that cost less but they are not all created equal. Some brands use sub-par components and won’t last as long.
I would suggest that you get the 6GB version. While the 3GB will get you by the 6GB will ensure you will be able to play all the modern games. On some AAA titles having the 3GB will slow you down by double-digit percentage points. This also gives you more longevity when it comes to games that will have a minimum spec for this in the future. There isn’t anything really fancy about this card. And it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have it packed full of cool features.
- The Nvidia 1060 uses the GP106 and has 1,280 CUDA cores. This is more than the 1,024 found on the previous-generation GeForce GTX 960.
- The Nvidia 1060 also has a higher boost clock speed than its big sister, the Nvidia 1070, topping out at 1.7GHz.
Let’s talk about cryptocurrency. The Asus GTX 1060 6GB Ethereum hash rate on stock settings is about 19 Mh/s. The power consumption will be 100W. How hot will the card get? It will get to 68C (154.4 F). You can make a decent return on this card if you pay attention to the changes in exchange rates and switch coins when it is the most profitable. I’ll say this every time, the boom of cryptocurrency and mining has made the prices of cards jump a bit.
The Asus GTX 1060 is a great budget card. At the time of this writing it is perfect for someone with a 1080P screen. Check out the ASUS GTX 1060 below.
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