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  • Gigabyte GTX 1060 D5 6GB Video Card Review
  • Gigabyte GTX 1060 D5 6GB Video Card Review


    Overclocking the GTX 1060

    Overclocking the Pascal GPU can be a frustrating process with some very surprising results.  On the surface the GPU looks to accept additional clocks extremely well until you realize that your manual baseclock might be well within the Boost 3.0 range.  Ideally the card should run at that frequency until you realize that the Boost clock has also scaled and may be outside of the operating range and be rather unpredictable.

    When I say “operating range” I mean the allowable frequency.  You see, Pascal has a "hard lock" inside the chip and if you have a good one you might run around 2100Mhz and a bad one may top out at 1900Mhz. 

    During my overclocking adventure I was able to get the Gigabyte GTX 1060 to run stable at a solid 1736Mhz Core and 2300Mhz (4600Mhz) memory.  This is a 230Mhz gain on the core and 300Mhz more on the memory.  Of course the best part is when Boost 3.0 kicks in where I noticed a Boost Clock of 2126Mhz!!

    This overclock was without voltage adjustment and just shy of the 2150Mhz clock ceiling of the GPU.  It would be nice if you could put the GPU further however given how quickly the driver crashed I’m not sure there is much left.

    Overclocking Conclusion

    Despite the rather impressive overclock there is very little gain when looking at the benchmark results.  This can be attributed to a couple of factors.  The first is NVidia Boost 3.0 and the fact that my card was boosting up to 1900Mhz on stock clocks helped close the gap.  Raising those clocks 230Mhz should have shown a higher gain however, the speed difference wasn’t much compared to the base clock.  The second factor is increased memory bandwidth.  You will have noticed that all of the Futuremark scores scaled about the same while the game didn’t move much at all

    That is just how the programs use the available memory bandwidth in which case core frequency doesn't have much impact.

    Keep in mind that overclocking is not guaranteed so your results may vary.