Sound, Pricing and Closing Thoughts
As mentioned throughout the article, the sound output from the ASUS Turbo card is higher than we might like, but it's well within range of other reference designs like the RX 480 and the GTX 1070 Founders Edition.
Idle is great, with the total system power within a single point of the GTX 1060 Founders Edition. Under a full load things are louder than we'd like to see, with the Turbo card definitely at the bottom (top?) of the list. This is what I expected to see in our results based on the cooler selection on this card. It's not great, but it likely will not be intrusive on your gaming experience.
Pricing and Availability
The elephant in the room – getting your hands on the GTX 1060 cards, from any vendor, was nearly impossible if you didn't pick one up on day one. The situation is quite a bit better today, with about 12 different models listed at different online resellers including Amazon, Newegg and B&H Photo, in stock. That's the key of course, IN STOCK.
The ASUS GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB is supposed to have an MSRP of $249 and be one of the cards that hits the announced price from NVIDIA. However, as of this writing, it is not in stock at any of those locations. B&H Photo has it on pre-order for $269 which is pretty darn close. Amazon.com only has listings through third parties which are of course jacked up rates, so avoid those until Amazon itself has stock.
One thing to keep in mind as you hunt for prices on the GeForce GTX 1060 – there are 6GB and 3GB models now. The 3GB version not only has less memory but 128 fewer CUDA cores. At $199 that is still a solid product, but don't accidentally buy one when you really want its big brother.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB graphics card is the no-frills, low cost GTX 1060 card that I imagine quite a few PC gamers are actually on the look out for. It has a target MSRP of $249 and a blower-style cooler that will work in both SFF systems and standard cases, though at the expense of a little more noise than something like the ASUS Strix line. The Turbo card doesn't look fancy, it only has a single illuminated ASUS logo up top with little to no style or flair to help it stand out in a lineup. For most users without windows on their rigs, what does it matter?
In terms of performance, the ASUS GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB out of the box matched the Founders Edition exactly and with a very easy overclock of +241 MHz offset (!!) we were able to see frame rate gains as high as 9% in Rise of the Tomb Raider with only a couple of degrees increase in GPU temperature. 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 2560×1440 or starting your move into VR, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB will be your rock.