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DR N.

DR N.

Joined on 06/29/01

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Compact, relatively quiet and cool for its small heatsink and fan, overclocks well

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini, ZT-P10600A-10L, 6GB GDDR5 Super Compact
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini, ZT-P10600A-10L, 6GB GDDR5 Super Compact

Pros: + Reasonable price compared to Founder's Edition + Small compact size (174mm length) should fit into almost every case. I loved how compact it is compared to the 280mm to 300mm monsters out there. Frankly, I do not think a 120watt TDP GTX 1060 really needs to be on a board that long. Being compact makes it much easier to fit into virtually any case including making it easy to drop into premade Dell/HP/etc computers. + Overclocks well for me (YMMV) without moving power limit or voltage. I have core at +100mhz offset and memory +415mhz offset. Played Witcher 3 at 1080p Ultra for 3 hours and ran folding@home for another 2 hours in ambient room temperature of 30c (yes, computer room gets uncomfortably hot during summer around here). The boosted core clock went between 1923 to 1999mhz with average of 1986mhz during that time. It has been so stable despite the hot ambient temperature that it may have another 25-50mhz offset left on the core but the small heatsink may not be able to keep up. + It is surprisingly quiet and cool considering the small aluminum heatsink and single 90mm fan. When fully loaded at the overclocked speeds I ran above, the delta over ambient was somewhere around 49c. Even when single fan was provoked to hit 2200 rpm, I heard mostly air moving through the back of my Define R4 Silent case. Even with side panel open, the fan did not make any annoying rattling or whining sounds. I also checked for coil whine with side panel open and could not hear any whine despite changing between slow fps (38fps) to high fps (more than 300fps). Thankfully I heard no coil whine even when I put my ear about 6 inches away from the card. So either I am deaf to the coil whine, or there is none. + Very lower power draw even when overclocked. Total system draw was well below 250watt with an i7-4790k. In fact, I never saw it go over 230watts during the time I monitored it at full loads.

Cons: - The shroud is plain and looks/feels a bit cheap compared to say EVGA's slightly shorter GTX 1060 card. - A heatpipe/fin based heatsink would have been nice considering EVGA GTX 1060 card seems to have one at exactly same price - Requirement of registration with Zotac to get full 3 year warranty (otherwise it is only 2 years) - A Radeon RX 480 based card will have better performance to price ratio in DX12/Vulkan games - No LED (for those who want that) - No backplate (not too many cards in this price range have one)

Overall Review: I feel this card was a solid value. I appreciated the compact size, the relatively quiet fan, and how well the card handled overclocking. It may not be too difficult to use a waterblock on this card from what I saw of PCB, but I am not certain of it.