GeForce GTX 1060 Custom Card Roundup

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The GTX 1060 is a perfect combination of speed, power, size, efficiency, and affordability. All of that is made possible by NVIDIA's advanced Pascal GPU architecture, which unlocks performance that's up to three times faster than the GeForce GTX 960, complete with full VR support. The GTX 1060 further allows DirectX 12 features and uses high-bandwidth GDDR5 memory (complete with two distinct options—6 GB and 3 GB) to keep your gaming experiences as smooth as possible.

Adding to the strengths of the GTX 1060 reference card, custom GTX 1060's can add new design schemes, variable cooling configurations, and some healthy clock-tweaks, with everything ready to go right out of the packaging. And that's precisely where this roundup comes in to play. With more than 10 custom manufacturers—many with numerous cards under their belts—you'll have multitudes of options to mull over. Of course, that does mean you'll have a lot of factors to consider before you buy, so you'll want to figure out which elements in a custom GTX 1060 pertain to you the most. There are a lot of examples, and they'll shift from person to person, but a few factors could be your overall budget, the size of the card, how quiet the cooler runs, the base and boost clock speeds (or the overclocked speeds), the warranty, or the even something less obvious, such as the color scheme or liquid-cooling potential. If you need more inspiration, Maximum PC, PC Part Picker, Reddit - graphicscard, and Tom's Hardware are your best friends. Hit them up often, and take notes on what you read.

Another factor to ponder: many custom GTX 1060's route their exhaust inside your case, rather than outside the back of it. If you happen to have a larger case with extra fans and tidily managed cables, this isn't that big of a deal—the chassis' additional airflow will take care of removing the added heat. But if you use a mid-tower case or smaller with lots of cables dangling about, or if you don't rely on surplus of internal fans, you'll want to lean towards the custom cards that use a blower-based cooler, similar to the reference GTX 1060 (don't worry, we'll tell you which models do that in the descriptions below).

Under each custom card's section, we also list vital info, including reviews (wherever possible), memory speed, base clock/boost clock frequencies, the custom manufacturer's home page, and the best available price. And on the topic of prices, it's not uncommon to see lower costs on the web, usually at reputable outlets such as Newegg, Amazon, SuperBiiz, and others.

*Please note, all prices are those as of publishing, and are subject to change.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming (6GB/3GB)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1607 MHz
Boost Clock: 1835 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $259.99 (6GB) / $209.99 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
Hexus, Geeks3D

Sized comfortably around the mini-ITX realm, the small but powerful GTX 1060 SC Gaming comes in both the 6 GB and 3 GB variants. Surrounded by EVGA's ACX 2.0 cooling setup, this card contains a single double-ball-bearing fan with optimized blade curving, which EVGA claims adds additional cooling while simultaneously extending the lifespan of the part by a factor of four. In Hexus's review, they note that the card is fairly quiet, while the speed is still quite high. "[The SC Gaming's] Performance is in line with bigger boards," they said, "[and] noise is kept down to a minimum."

Overall, EVGA claims that the GTX 1060 SC Gaming is 28% smaller, 17% cooler, and 20% faster than their similarly configured GTX 970. Geeks3D's review adds: "You get a powerful graphics card that is able to run all videogames at full HD resolutions with max settings while keeping the power consumption to a reasonable value."

As an alternative card, but with the same look and size as the SC Gaming, there's also EVGA's GTX 1060 Gaming, with a 1506 MHz base clock / 1708 MHz boost clock. (You can also pick it up in the 3GB variation.)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW+ Gaming ACX 3.0 (6GB/3GB)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW+ Gaming ACX 3.0 (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1632 MHz
Boost Clock: 1860 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $319.99 (6GB) / $259.99 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

The GTX 1060 FTW+ Gaming uses EVGA’s ACX 3.0 cooling setup, which consists of two double-ball-bearing fans, a straight heat pipe (SHP) with a full copper contact area, a heatsink with a wealth of fins, an MMCP (memory/MOSFET) cooling plate, and a white LED on top of the fan shroud. EVGA claims that the fans wield a 400% longer lifespan compared to similar dual-fan configurations, and that the MMCP plate results in 15% cooler memory and 13% cooler GPU MOSFETs. For overclockers, EVGA’s Precision XOC can be used to increase the memory, boost, and base clocks.

If you enjoy the ACX 3.0 cooler, there's also the GTX 1060 FTW Gaming ACX, with a 1620 MHz base and 1847 MHz boost, and GTX 1060 SSC Gaming ACX 3.0, with a base clock of 1607 MHz, and a boost clock of 1835 MHz. Similarly, there's the EVGA GTX 1060 FTW+ DT Gaming (also available in the 3GB capacity), which has a 1506 MHz base clock and a 1708 boost clock.

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual O6G/O3G

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual O6G/O3G
Base Clock: 1569 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1785 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1809 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $289.99 (6GB) / $219.99 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page

Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

PC gamers love the availability of choice, and that extends into the hardware arena too. Taking full advantage of that notion, ASUS's GTX 1060 Dual O6G offers two different clock profiles to swap between (Gaming and OC), each with different preset speeds. That means you can jump from one profile to the next without a hitch, depending on the game you're playing or the task you're performing. You can even attempt to overclock the card to your own tastes using ASUS's GPU Tweak II.

The card's cooler is covered in a white color scheme (matched in style with ASUS's X99-A motherboards), and it holds a pair of patented wing-bladed fans, which ASUS claims provides 105% more air pressure and three times quieter operation than the reference GTX 1060. Additionally, ASUS claims that all their GPU's are manufactured using Auto-Extreme technology (a 100% automated build process) in combination with Super Alloy Power II components. ASUS claims that these enhancements result in more efficiency, less loss in power, lower electrical noise, and better cooling.

For a similar card, check out the Dual GTX 1060 6G (6GB), with a 1708 MHz boost clock and 1506 MHz base clock, and the Dual OC (6GB/3GB), with a 1809 MHz boost clock and a 1569 MHz base clock.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6G

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6G
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $269.99 (6GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
PC Perspective

Looking for a GTX 1060 that doesn't route the exhaust into your case? ASUS's Turbo 6G has a cooler that's similar to the reference card, where hot air is pushed outside of the chassis. It contains a single, dual-bearing fan, which ASUS claims reduces friction, and extends the life of the card four times as much compared to a traditional fan. Like the ASUS GTX 1060 Dual O6G, the Turbo 6G is manufactured using Auto-Extreme Tech with Super Alloy Power II, which ASUS claims offers superior reliability and cooling performance. There's even a customizable backlit ASUS logo on top of the card, which you easily see if you have a case window.

In PC Perspective's review, they state: "The Turbo 6GB graphics card is…a low cost GTX 1060 card that I imagine quite a few PC gamers are actually on the lookout for. It has…a blower-style cooler that will work in both SFF systems and standard cases. If you are looking for a graphics card to be the cornerstone of your next gaming PC, whether that be amazing 1080p gaming, mid-range settings for 2560x1440 or starting your move into VR, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB will be your rock."

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 ROG Strix O6G Gaming

ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 ROG Strix O6G Gaming
Base Clock: 1620 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1847 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1645 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1873 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8208 MHz
MSRP: $329.99 (6GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

Reviews: Hexus, Kit Guru, Bit-Tech, PCGameWare, OC3D, Hardware Heaven, Enos Tech

Armed with the advanced ASUS Strix cooler, this graphics card features two preset clock-speed profiles to choose from—Gaming mode and OC mode. And, with OC mode enabled, the ASUS GTX 1060 ROG Strix O6G Gaming has some of the highest boost clock speeds available on the market (it even bumps up the memory to 8208 MHz). It manages to keep those high values stable by utilizing the dual-slot Strix setup, which has three patented wing-bladed fans, DirectCU III technology (which entails a massive heatsink with heatpipes that contact the GPU directly), and 6+1 Phase Super Alloy Power II (premium alloy components). The face of the card employs the Aura RGB Lighting system, where you can choose between loads of different colors and effects to add a personal touch to your system.

Also, just like many of ASUS's other cards, this offering is constructed under their Auto-Extreme Technology in a 100% automated production process. Beyond removing human error from the fabrication lines, ASUS claims that Auto Extreme Technology makes for rock-solid overclocking reliability, rigid quality control, smooth PCB's with no sharp snags, and flux-free production. ASUS claims that all of these items combined create a 30% cooler card with three times the quieter performance compared to a reference GTX 1060. Bit-Tech lauds the Strix O6G Gaming's speed and power, noting: "The card offers rock solid, console-smashing performance at 1080p, never dipping into unplayable territory even in the most demanding situations, and with minimums often above 60fps you can be sure of silky smooth, high detail gaming."

There's also the 6GB-only ROG STRIX 6G Gaming available too, with a base clock of 1506 MHz in gaming mode/1531 MHz in OC mode, and a boost clock of 1708 MHz in gaming mode/1746 MHz in OC mode.

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G/3G title=

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G/3G
Base Clock: 1569 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1784 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1809 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8000 MHz (Gaming) / 8100 MHz (OC Mode)
MSRP: $299.99 (6GB) / $229.99 (3GB)

Manufacturer's Product Page

Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

Reviews:
Guru3d, eTeknix, Bit-Tech, Overclockers, Hexus, Kit Guru, Computer Shopper, Vortez, TweakTown, Tools & Toys

Rocking three distinct modes to choose from (Gaming, OC, and Silent), the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X uses two fans above its vast heatsink (paired with an array of 8 mm TWIN FROZR VI copper heatpipes through it) to keep airflow strong and steady. One of the fans is built using traditional blades, while the second one supports it with TORX 2.0 technology, which uses dispersion blades that MSI claims increases the cooling effectiveness and efficiency. In concert with the fans, MSI added their ZeroFrozr technology, which the manufacturer claims stops the fans from spinning when GPU demand is low (under 60° C). Overclockers confirms this feature in their review, stating: "There were plenty of times when I was testing this card, on an open bench note, where the fans never turned on at all. It was running Fire Strike Extreme while taking advantage of the ZeroFrozr feature."

The front and top of the red and black cooler contain LED lights, with each one tweakable in color, style, animation effects, and intensity. But for those who perhaps shy away from LED's, you can simply opt to disable them. Tying the whole cooling system together is a matte black back-plate on the rear of the card, with a shadowy dragon logo guarding the hardware. Vortez praises this graphics card in their review, saying: "If you're planning to upgrade from a previous generation, the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X is a brilliant graphics card for 1080p needs. Thanks to the TwinFrozr VI cooling solution, temperatures are impressive and noise is significantly reduced!"

If you like what you see here, but you're leaning towards different clock speeds, there's also MSI's GTX 1060 Gaming (6G and 3G), with a 1518 MHz base clock / 1531 MHz boost clock (Gaming mode), and a1733 MHz base clock / 1746 MHz boost clock (OC mode).

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OCV1 6G/3G

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OCV1 6G/3G
Base Clock: 1544 MHz
Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $317.99 (6GB) / $250.00 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

Clad in pure black and white with a touch of sliver, the dual-slot GTX 1060 Armor OCV1 relies on a cooler dubbed ARMOR 2X. The card contains a pair of matched TORX fans, which MSI claims adds extra-powerful cooling, high performance, and stealthy-quiet operation. Much like it's relative, the GTX 1060 Gaming X, the Armor OCV1 adds ZeroFrozr technology, which MSI claims is another motivating reason why the card's noise is so low. Beneath the fans and fan shroud sits a plus-sized heatsink covered with aluminum fins and copper heatpipes. MSI claims that their exclusive Airflow Control tech maximizes airflow to the hardware.

For an alternative card with the same cooler, take a look at the MSI GTX 1060 Armor 6G OC, with a base clock of 1544 MHz and a boost of 1759 MHz. Similarly, the GTX 1060 Armor 3G V1 has a base clock of 1506 MHz, and a boost clock of 1708 MHz. Finally, there's the GTX 1060 Armor 6G, which as a base clock of 1506 Mhz, and a boost clock of 1708 MHz.

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OCV1 (6GB/3GB)

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OCV1 (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1544 MHz
Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $317.99 (6GB) / $250.00 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
Guru3D

Constructed using military class 4 components (MIL-STD-810G, to be precise), MSI claims that their GTX 1060 6GT OCV1 benefits from hardware such as solid CAPs that can withstand extreme wear and tear, including long gaming sessions combined with aggressive overclocking. The dual-slot cooler holds two fans that cover the entirety of the heatsink below them, and if you'd like to take a stab at some personal overclocking, you can install MSI's Afterburner software to do so. Guru3D reviewed the card, and they noted: "[The GTX 1060 6GT OCV1 is an] excellent value for your money. You'll play your games up to 2560x1440 with nice framerates and proper image quality settings."

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G/3G OCV1 (Mini)

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G/3G OCV1 (Mini)
Base Clock: 1544 MHz
Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: Coming Soon
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Configured with identical base and boost clocks as the full-sized MSI GTX 1060 OCV1, this dual-slot card has been compacted into a much smaller size, perfect for Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX cases and motherboards. It also uses military class 4 components, which MSI claims increases the card's performance and reliability.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G/3G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G/3G
Base Clock: 1594 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1620 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1809 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1847 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $289.99 (6G) / $229.99 (3G)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin
Reviews:
Guru3D, Hardware Unboxed, Digit (India), Computer Power User, Goldfries, Tech-Critter

Gigabyte created a powerful cooling system for their GTX 1060 G1 Gaming card, dubbed the Windforce X2. The setup has two 90 mm fans with exclusive triangle-edged fan blades, 3D stripes, and alternating spinning cycles. Gigabyte claims that these fans add 23% more air flow than traditional fans, and dissipate heat for more effectively than the reference card. The heatsink also got some tender love and care, boasting hollowed composite heatpipes with sintered powder and axial grooves, as well as direct touch to the contact area of the GPU. In their review, Guru3D adds: "Gigabyte…uses a cooler that manages roughly 400 Watt of cooling performance. So it is a really good one, good that up to [60 degrees] on the GPU, this card remains passive and thus inaudible. Once the fans kick in, you can expect to hover at the 71 degrees C marker, with seriously demanding games."

If you're into customizable LED lights, Gigabyte claims that the G1 Gaming offers 16.8 million different possibilities in color, and specialized lighting effects such as cycling, breathing, flashing, dual flashing, and consistent. On the back of the card, just above the 8-pin power connector, MSI includes an LED power indicator that flashes if it detects an abnormal PSU, shines bright if a cable is disconnected, or stays off of the power supply is stable. Gigabyte further claims that thanks to their high-grade chokes and capacitors and 6+1 power phases, this graphics card is primed for overclocking. Goldfries review notes: "I think the most impressive part of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is that it can be overclocked further. Awesome stuff from Gigabyte!"

If you're seeking a similar cooler but alternative clock speeds, there's also the Gigabyte GTX 1060 D5 6G and 3G, each with base clocks of 1506 MHz / 1531 MHz in gaming and OC modes, and boost clocks of 1708 MHz / 1746 MHz in gaming and OC modes.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G
Base Clock: 1620 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1645 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1847 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1873 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8146 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 8316 MHZ (OC Mode)
MSRP: $299.99
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

The 2.5 slot Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming 6G makes no apologies for its awesomely large appearance. That's likely because of the massive clock speeds it holds within—1645 MHz base and 1873 MHz boost in OC mode. It keeps these generously pumped-up settings chilled and stable with a Windforce 2X cooler that's similar to the one on Gigabyte's GTX 1060 G1 Gaming. However, this card fires up a pair of 100 mm fans with triangular fan edges and 3D striped curves. Gigabyte claims that these larger fans produce more airflow and less noise than smaller ones. The fans also spin in alternating patterns, which Gigabyte claims adds to the overall effectiveness of the cooler. The card's heat sink fosters an angular fin design, which Gigabyte claims means lower noise levels and 4% better cooling than standard designs, as well as composite heat pipes that sprout off the oversized copper base with direct-touch contact to the VRAM and GPU.

Gigabyte's 3D Active Fan RGB—viewable on the top of the card—lights up when the graphics demand is low, and the fans are stopped. Plus, there are plenty of LED strips and logos all over the cooling shroud, and you can change the colors (all 16.8 million of them) but utilizing the included software. Gigabyte further claims that the Xtreme Gaming's PCB is highly resistant to dust, abrasion, pet hair, insects, corrosion, moisture, and more. Akin to their GTX 1060 G1 Gaming, the power connector has an LED that turns on when a cable isn't seated, and blinks when a PSU is considered abnormal or in flux. Topping everything off is a four-year extended warranty, which is obtainable by visiting XG.Gigabyte.com, and then signing up and registering your gear.

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6G/3G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6G/3G
Base Clock: 1531 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1556 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1746 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1771 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8008 MHZ
MSRP: 259.99 (6G) / $217.25 (3G)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Smaller PC's deserve just as much love as larger ones, and Gigabyte's GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC would be happy to call your less-than-gargantuan rig home (though it'll fit just fine in a full-tower chassis as well). And while the GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC is certainly tiny, it's still got a lot of muscle under its dual-slot fan cover, including two preset clock-profiles to choose from: Gaming and OC. The cooler is designed using two copper heatpipes that intersect the aluminum heat sink (touching the GPU directly), and a single 90 mm fan. The fan's blades use Gigabyte's 3D striped surface and triangular fan edges, which the manufacturer claims boosts airflow 23% over standard fans. Like its siblings above, the Mini ITX OC will stop its fan from moving when the pull on the GPU is light. Gigabyte fabricated the card with high-grade chokes and capacitors, which they claim increases the lifespan and durability.

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6G/3G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6G/3G
Base Clock: 1556 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1582 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock: 1771 MHz (Gaming Mode) / 1797 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Speed: 8008 MHZ
MSRP: 265.99 (6G) / $209.99 (3G)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

If a 2.5 slot graphics card takes up a bit too much room on your motherboard, but you're still seeking some higher-end overclocks, Gigabyte's dual-slot GTX 1060 Windforce OC should be appealing. It uses the same Windforce cooler with 90 mm fans and 3D Active Fan technology as the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming, and only asks for a single 6-pin power cable to get up and running. Additionally, there's an obsidian-colored backplate that Gigabyte claims provides extra protection to the PCB, as well as reinforcing the card while it's attached to your case.

PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/3GB

PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/3GB
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $249.99 (6GB) / $229 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

PNY's GTX 1060 is priced competitively, and features a 1506 MHz base clock and a 1708 boost clock, along with a solid black cooler containing two sickle-style fans. The card comes with a 1-year warranty that can easily be extended to a lifetime version by filling out a quick registration form on the PNY website. And thanks to the third-party cooling system, you can likely overclock the card a bit further with some careful tweaking and testing.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition (6GB)

Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition (6GB)
Base Clock: 1556 MHz
Boost Clock: 1771 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $318.49
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
Modders Inc., OC3D, GoldFries, TP

Zotac designed the dual-slot GTX 1060 AMP Edition to fit in almost any form-factor imaginable, and they claim that this graphics card can be installed in 99% of all systems. HiTech Legion's reviewer agrees, saying: "One of the best things about the card though is that it is so small so you can fit it in just about any build without even wondering if it is going to fit." The 210 mm-long IceStorm cooler has two wide-bladed 90 mm fans. The heatsink is similarly formidable, with an expansive aluminum fin stack and a copper & gold contact block. All of that cooling power results in a very respectable overclock of 1556 MHz base and 1771 MHz boost.

Reviewers have praised the 1060 AMP Edition for its reliability and speed. Modders Inc. stated: "I think Zotac has a very solid product with this GPU. Price and performance wins this GPU the must have award." OC3D also weighs in, saying: "[The GTX 1060 AMP Edition] is perfect if you have a case of smaller dimensions or just prefer a shorter card… the card is quiet in use and there is enough headroom that if you want to manually tune the fans you can squeeze some more overclocking out of it beyond the factory boost."

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Extreme

Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB/3GB
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $249.99 (6GB) / $199.99 (3GB)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

For folks who need the most space-efficient graphics card possible (without sacrificing GPU strength in the process), Zotac developed the dual-slot GTX 1060 Mini. This little guy should fit perfectly into Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX builds, with room to spare. The cooler contains a single 90 mm fan, with a specially designed aluminum heatsink that looks like a metallic flower with thin pedals sprouting off the center. Zotac claims this unique design distributes heat effectively from the center to the far edges of the array, thus minimizing harmful heat over the core of the PCB. Zotac further claims that the card's fan will automatically stop when the temps are low, which means extended fan life, and no micromanaging on the user-end.

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EX OC White 6GB

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EX OC White 6GB
Base Clock: 1556 MHz
Boost Clock: 1771 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: Coming soon
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Covered in a crystal-clean alabaster paint job, the GALAX GTX 1060 EX OC White is the highest overclocked card in the manufacturer's arsenal, with 1771 MHz on the boost. Available only in the 6 GB range, the EX OC White enjoys a pair of 90 mm fans and an aluminum heatsink for cooling duties. This card would likely fit in well with specific case mods or styles, depending on your tastes.

The same card is available under the Europe-only KFA2 brand as well.

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EX OC Black 6GB

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EX OC Black 6GB
Base Clock: 1544 MHz
Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: $249.99
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
CandyTech

The Darth Vader-looking GTX 1060 EX OC Black holds two 90 mm fans, and has a copper cooling base and nickel-plated heatpipes, along with an aluminum alloy backplate. GALAX claims these components all make for superior heat dissipation, which translates into more stable gameplay. "Overall the card has exceptional performance," says CandyTech in their review, "and will thrill fellow PC gamers with ultimate power to blow anything thrown at it. An ideal match for all night gaming sessions."

The same card is available under the Europe-only KFA2 brand.

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 OC

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 OC
Base Clock: 1518 MHz
Boost Clock: 1733 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: Coming soon
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Reviews: Goldfries

The silver-and-black-themed GALAX GTX 1060 OC is built for both style and functionality. There are two 80 mm fans that whisk heat out and into your case, and beneath them is a long aluminum heatsink with two 6 mm copper heatpipes that directly contact the GPU. GALAX claims that this configuration provides extra-powerful heat removal. The card's PCB houses a 3+1 phase digital power-supply, solid capacitors, high-quality inductors, and a tweaked component layout, which GALAX claims improves electrical performance and adds stability to gaming sessions. In their review of the card, Goldfries adds: "Overclocking on the GALAX GTX 1060 EX OC is excellent, I managed to push the core by an additional 200 MHz while the memory is limited to 150 MHz for it to pass all benchmarks."

The GTX 1060 OC is also available under the Europe-only KFA2 brand.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 (6GB/3GB)

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1569 MHz
Boost Clock: 1784 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
Hexus

Overclockers, modders, and tinkerers will likely be drawn to the 2.5-slot iChill GTX 1060 X3, thanks to its tool-less detachable metal cover and removable fans. Sitting comfortably under the user-friendly fan shroud is a huge aluminum heatsink that contains three 6 mm and two 8 mm high-heat-flux heatpipes. Inno3D calls the entire array the Power Direct Cooling System (P.D.C.S), and they claim that the design moves heat from all the metal fins over to the heatpipes directly while at the same time keeping the card’s temps at low levels. Inno3D also claims that the three scythe-bladed fans produce very low sound while they spin.

The iChill GTX 1060 X3 incorporates intelligent fan technology that stops the fans in GPU-idle mode, which Inno3D claims saves power and ceases noise altogether. The back of the card has a thick, tough-looking HerculeZ backplate to help protect the card’s PCB from damage or bending. Hexus’s review notes: “The whole package is well made and, in common with other iChiLL models, there's a side-mounted, illuminated logo that changes [color] based on temperature. We never saw it turn red (hot) for a prolonged length of time… If you like your cards big and bold, Inno3D should be right up your street.”


The iChill GTX 1060 X3 is available only in Europe.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC (6GB)

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC (6GB)
Base Clock: 1569 MHz
Boost Clock: 1784 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin

The Europe-only Inno3D GTX 1060 Gaming OC is one mean-looking graphics card. Its dual-slot cooler is armed with two mighty 100 mm fans, each of which have triangular blades and Japanese-made HerculeZ ball bearings. Inno3D claims that these fans can run 24/7 without issue, delivering silent, extremely effective heat dissipation in the process. The heatsink is put together in two distinct partitions, using Inno3D's TWIN power and memory cooling system. Inno3D claims that the heat is then transferred along the unit's heatpipes from the memory and power components underneath it to the array's aluminum fins. The rear of the card holds a HerculeZ backplate, which Inno3D claims adds full PCB shielding and protection.

 

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Compact (6GB/3GB)

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Compact (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Inno3D's entry for small cases (Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX) comes in the form the GTX 1060 Compact. As the name suggests, this dual-slot card forgoes a large, bulky cooler for a much small profile. However, its fan and heatsink are up to the task, and you can remove the entire assembly from the PCB by unscrewing four large metal hex-bolts from the face of the card. This makes cleaning and dusting the inside of the unit much easier than usual.

Like other Inno3D graphics cards, the GTX 1060 is only available in Europe.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Twin X2 (6GB/3GB)
(Image credit: Nikktech.com)

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Twin X2 (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

Looking for more of a heavy-metal kind of style to add to your rig? Inno3D's European-only GTX 1060 Twin X2 has a black cooler with lots of triangles and points and a pair of scythe-bladed fans, giving it a sinister, intimidating appearance. And because of the added cooling, you should be able to increase the base and boost clocks without much hassle.

Gainward GeForce GTX 1070
(Image credit: TechPowerUp.com)

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 Phoenix GS (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1620 MHz
Boost Clock: 1847 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin
Reviews:
TechSpot, Vortez, Hardware Heaven

Gainward prides itself on their manufacturing skill, and their 2.5-slot GTX 1060 Phoenix GS has been completely redesigned compared to the reference card it once resembled. The card has a dual BIOS (one for the factory overclocks and one for you to use as a test bed), and you can swap between the two settings by a simple flick of a switch. The card's extra-large cooler uses two fans and an all-aluminum heatsink with copper heatpipes, with a honeycombed bracket on the input area. There's also a long LED loading indicator that rests along the top edge of the fan shroud.

Due to the powerful cooling and enhanced hardware, the GTX 1060 Phoenix GS is quite friendly to increasing its clock speeds. TechSpot's review elaborates: "When it came to overclocking the card we were able to push the memory up to 2302 MHz while the core reached 1745 MHz resulting in a boost clock of 1973 MHz." Vortez additionally praises the card in their own review, saying: "The attached cooler on the Phoenix GS delivers impressive thermals and low-noise – against the competition this cooler design achieved great results, without needing an additional fan like other GTX 1060s'."

This graphics card is available only in Europe. If you like the cooler's configuration and the card's look, you can also pick up the GTX 1060 Phoenix 6GB/3GB, which uses a base clock of 1506 MHz and a boost clock of 1708 MHz.

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 Phoenix GS (6GB/3GB)

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 Phoenix GS (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8008 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

The Gainward GTX 1060 Phoenix GS takes a sleek, all-black approach to its design. It utilizes the default clock speeds found on the reference card, but overclocking the values a bit further shouldn't be particularity tough considering the pair of high-quality fans and heatsink. For added fan control and BIOS saving functionality, you can use Gainward's Expertool II, which is free with the product. This card, like the rest of Gainward's gear, can only be bought in Europe.

You can also purchase the identical card from Gainward's subsidiary company Palit, if you prefer.

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Super JetStream (6GB/3GB)

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Super JetStream (6GB/3GB)
Base Clock: 1620 MHz
Boost Clock: 1847 MHz
Memory Speed: 8000 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin
Reviews:
Guru3D, Tech Power Up, Hexus, Hardware Unboxed, Kit Guru

The GTX 1060 Super Jetstream is jam-packed with features. The cooler's RGB lighting is customizable, and can be tweaked to automatically change color depending on the card's temperature. It also has a dual-BIOS program that kicks in and activates if the graphics card detects an abnormality, such as overheating or instability. That means if you're running a high set of overclocks, you don't need to worry about the GPU locking up if it's pushed too hard; it'll simply revert back to the safe, stock settings if that happens. The exhaust area of the cooler includes a honeycomb-style bracket, which Palit claims increases airflow by up to 15% (not to mention shooting the hot air out of your case, rather than into it).

Two 90 mm fans with TurboFan blades (which Palit claims were inspired by jet engines) sit atop the heatsink. The fans alternate blade rotations to better assist with performance. Guru3D's review states: "The cooler can deal with the GPU really well. The GPU simply does not reach the 80 Degrees C thermal marker, instead hovers at roughly 70 Degrees C. The noise levels are incredible though as you cannot hear the card, yes it is silent as well. We did not hear a coil whine."

The GTX 1060 JetStream 6GB/3GB both have identical coolers as the Super JetStream, but each with a base clock of 1506 MHz and a boost clock of 1708 MHz.

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 3G

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 3G
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz
Memory Speed: 8000 MHz
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)
Manufacturer's Product Page
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin

The dual-slot GTX 1060 StormX 3G uses a single, centralized fan, with a blower-style cooler that sends the card's exhaust out of your case. Palit incorporates a honeycomb-designed bracket on the display connector area, which they claim creates up to 15% more airflow compared to a reference card. The StormX 3G also uses DrMOS tech, which Palit claims unlocks high-current circuitry and reduces overall heat accumulation, resulting in smoother operation and more stability.

The GTX 1060 StormX 3G is only available in Europe.

Add an Aftermarket Cooler to Your Existing GTX 1060

Installing a third-party cooler on your GTX 1060 reference card is a great way to achieve respectable overclocks, and with minimal out-of-pocket cost. There are numerous avenues for obtaining such a cooler, but we recommend starting your journey at Arctic—they have a vast selection, with all sorts of different cooler capacities, types, and fans; you're bound to find an option that suits your needs, both financially and functionally. Arctic even has all-in-one coolers, including the Accelero Hybrid III-140. And while removing a standard GTX 1060 cooler and attaching an aftermarket alternative does take some precision, practice, and research, it's still a process that's well within the reach of mere mortals. Plus, aside from some standard tools, such as a micro screwdriver set and thermal paste, there aren't any elaborate or expensive items you need to get the job done. Compatibility with a particular GPU is the biggest area of concern, and Arctic helpfully alleviates that by listing exactly which of their coolers will work with a GTX 1060.

For those who'd like to add their reference card into a liquid cooling loop, Ekwb is the place to go; they offer plenty of blocks, fittings, and various other components critical to the task. New to water cooling? No problem. There are plenty of how-to videos online, including our Cross Desk series in GeForce Garage. If you want to push your GTX 1060 to the highest overclocks possible, a liquid-cooled version is the best plan of attack. That said, even with a well-circulated system pumping at strong intervals, a self-installed, liquid-cooled card probably won't get you the higher clock speeds found on the custom GTX 1060's in this roundup. But you can still come close!

Shift into Overdrive with a Custom GTX 1060

No matter which custom GTX 1060 you choose, you're in for a treat—each card on this list is a celebration of affordability, artistry, and speed. But if you're having trouble whittling down the candidates, keep these quick tips in mind: jot down your top desires in a GTX 1060, such as cooler size, clock speeds, color styles, coolers that route air outside of the case, price, etc. Next, list out any system restrictions that could hamper an install. For example, a 2.5-slot card that sends its exhaust into a Micro-ITX chassis with minimal airflow probably won't work very well. If you need assistance in determining what you PC can handle, sites such as Maximum PC, PC Part Picker, Reddit - graphicscard, and Tom's Hardware are valuable resources.

Regardless of the custom card, you'll unlock terrific features such as VR-support, unparalleled in-game performance, DirectX 12 support, astonishing NVIDIA GameWorks effects, and high-tech Pascal architecture. And of course, there's the newly revamped GeForce Experience 3.0, which contains handy utilities, including game-ready drivers with automatic updates, one-click optimization settings for all your favorite games, and Share: a simple, intuitive way to record and broadcast your gaming exploits.

Do you have a favorite custom GTX 1060? Any advice to those looking for a custom GTX 1060 of their own? Let us know in the comments section below!

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