Asus Strix GTX 1060 6GB OC Edition cuts down on size and bling

Asus is expanding its ROG Strix lineup of graphics cards with the Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC edition 6GB, the company's most recent take on a GTX 1060 6GB card. The new entry is fitted with what the company calls its Classic DirectCU II cooler. The visually obvious differences between the new DirectCU II Strix 1060 OC and the two existing DirectCU III models are the dual-fan cooler and shorter PCB. The card offers 1569MHz base and 1785MHz boost clocks, slotting it between the existing three-fan models.

The new Strix OC loses its older brothers' RGB LEDs and some of their bulk, along with the previously-mentioned third fan. The new card has a single six-pin PCIe power connector and measures 8.6" x 4.9" x 1.7" (21.8cm x 12.5cm x 4.2cm) compared to the bigger cards' dimensions of 11.7" x 5.28" x 1.57" (29.8cm x 13.4cm x 4.0cm). The port cluster on the Strix OC contains the same two HDMI ports, a pair or DisplayPorts, and a solitary dual-link DVI-D port for users holding onto old monitors.

Asus did not release pricing or availability for the new card. Given the newer card's characteristics, though, we expect it to go for slightly less than the existing DirectCU III OC model.

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    • Umbral
    • 3 years ago

    Back to the goofy owl motif, I guess when you call something Strix…

      • mkk
      • 3 years ago

      Better than a keyboard with a Scottish name and Mayan patterns. 🙂
      #TaiwanDesign

    • mkk
    • 3 years ago

    Yet, this is what could well be called a sensible design these days. And it should be quiet as well. I don’t think they claimed it was an ITX-build design?

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Read the headline and hoped for something small, clicked on article and the two pictures show Asus [i<]double-violating*[/i<] the size spec. Sure the PCB is short, but how does that help in the slightest when the cooler doesn't match it? [i<]* - Double violated: #1: Card is taller than expansion slot and has vertical PCIe power connector. #2: Cooler is taller than already-out-of-spec card, longer than card, [b<]and[/b<] interferes into a third PCIe slot.[/i<]

      • XTF
      • 3 years ago

      Exactly what specs would this violate? Please quote the specs..

        • EndlessWaves
        • 3 years ago

        Unfortunately the PCI-Express spec is behind a paywall.

        If physical size limits are the same as for PCI than a full size card is 15.24mm (0.6″) thick and 107mm (4.2″) tall.

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          I presume they are, since the ATX spec stipulates an expansion card, rather than a specific type of expansion card.

          In theory an ATX board has up to seven expansion slots and they could be either AGP, ISA, PCI PCIe or PCI-X. Based on that, they all have to be the same size otherwise you’d have a compatibility fustercluck.

          It’s also worth nothing that none of the SIG-qualified reference boards ever violate these dimensions, even when looking at dual-GPU behemoths like the GTX 690 and the HD7990. If AMD and Nvidia can cram a heatsink capable of handling almost 500W of dissipation into the PCI spec, then there’s just no reason for these third party boards to ignore the spec for a 120W card.

          On the upside, these boards usually go into enthusiast PCs with lots of room for out-of-spec parts, but as the power consumption goes down with each generation, it makes it more likely that these will be bought to upgrade that HP, Dell, or other OEM box that has brackets and clearance only for cards in spec.

      • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
      • 3 years ago

      Its difficult to tell from the pictures (in part because it is 2.5 slots) but I think the card may not be overheight.
      It doesn’t really make sense for it to be more than 2 slots. I understand why you might want that for a 250 watt card, but this is 120. A single fan would (and does) handle it fine. There is no reason to go over more slots.
      Also the card just looks bad. The heatsink is way too exposed. Maybe they should have taken the design more from the DirectCU II.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]#1: Card is taller than expansion slot[/quote<] Practically every performance GPU there is "violates" that spec with the possible exception of the Nano which barely meets that spec. [quote<]and has vertical PCIe power connector.[/quote<] Looks horizontal to me... are you talking about it being placed on the lateral side edge instead of the back edge? [quote<]Cooler is taller than already-out-of-spec card,[/quote<] Even single-slot coolers are taller than the card. The PCB is only a few millimeters thick you know.

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        Funny, I’ve never seen an Nvidia GPU that violated the expansion slot height spec. My Titan X fits happily below the bracket. 🙂

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        You’re confusing the orientation which is why you are questioning my post. The PCI and ATX spec references the slot it connects to:

        Length is the dimension parallel to the PCIe slot, hence “short” cards for “short” cases, front to back.
        Width is the height of the cooler off the GPU’s PCB counted in number of expansion slots, e.g. “double-wide cooler”
        Height is how far it protrudes from the slot, and the limit (within the spec) is 4.25″

        For what it’s worth, it looks like the PCB *is* in spec. 4.25″ is just barely taller than the height of the expansion slot cover. The vertical power connector violates spec, since it would need to also fit into the 4.25″ vertical dimension, but most cases let you get away with the vertical connector.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Looking at [url=http://www.asus.com/au/Graphics-Cards/STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G/gallery/<]the gallery on Asus' site[/url<] it doesn't look like the card interferes with a 3rd PCI slot.

        • EndlessWaves
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, the cooler appears to be mounted higher up the card than where you’d expect it, leading to the optical illusion of making it look as if it’s mounted further out. Look at the plastic shroud and the top of the DVI slot, they’re almost touching.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Good catch.

        It’s a good job you can’t SLI these though – if you did put them two slots apart the top one would be completely blocked by the bottom one 😉

      • MOSFET
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]the two pictures show Asus double-violating* the size spec.[/quote<] Adult entertainment has size specs? Too tall, too long, and interfering with third slots.

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