( 4.8 Average / 8 Ratings )
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Small and powerful. I was initially worried whether 3GB of VRAM would be enough but decided to go with it regardless. For 1080p/60fps gaming, this little beast is hitting everything I throw at it with ease.
I chose the 3gb model because the 6gb is almost double price in our place vs the 3gb..
Works like a charm on 1080p max settings. In terms of price to performance on FHD resolution I think this is the best budget card to buy.
Card runs hot.. @ 80c on full load using furmark for 15mins..
Fan is abit loud too on 100% speed.
Runs games at 1080p like a champ.
3gb may hold back the power of the gpu depending on the game.
1-2% Performance difference compared to a duel fan gpu. No issues with cooling. hits 70C MAX on load with my case and fan setup. Overclocks nice and handles w.e I throw at it :)
The GPU I have is actually the Zotac AMP! version of the GTX-1060 3GB card (not listed on PCPartPicker) in stead of the Mini. The AMP! is still pretty short for the case and has two fans (as opposed to the single fan of the Mini version). With slight modification of the fan curve (MSI Afterburner) it can be run at below 70 degrees Celsius during moderate gaming (Overwatch).
The Bloodstorm DX-11 benchmark (based on Final Fantasy XIV) pushes the GPU to 99% for extended periods, but the temperature maxed out at 76C. The CPU didn't break a sweat and stayed below 53C. This is with room temperature around 19C and baseline operation temps for both CPU and GPU at 25C. The benchmark score was comfortably over 10,000 (extremely high) at 1920x1080 "Maximum" settings. In hotter rooms and with more demanding games, you'll obviously run up against the 80C limit during long gaming sessions. It is probably unreasonable to ask more from a passively cooled SFF for that use case, though.
Fast card for its price.
I haven't run any benchmarks but it's 20x better performance than I was getting with my old Dell Inspiron laptop so that's good.