Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 is a cool customer for a graphics card, delivering meaty performance while keeping power draw and noise levels down. The smaller GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB is roughly neck-and-neck with the 4 GB version of AMD's Radeon RX 470 in performance but comes out ahead in terms of power efficiency. With this backstory in place, the arrival of Asus' somewhat-diminutive GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Phoenix graphics card makes a lot of sense. The Phoenix capitalizes on the GTX 1060's efficiency by using a smaller, less complex cooler than the company's other GTX 1060 offerings.
Asus' other GTX 1060s bear large coolers with either a blower design or a pair of fans. The Phoenix makes do with a single fan mounted to a simple finned block of aluminum. The cooler has no heatpipes or other thermal tricks, but the board underneath simply doesn't need that. The backplate is festooned with a pair of DisplayPort jacks, two HDMI ports, and a DVI-D connector. Buyers can power up the card over the single six-pin PCIe plug. The card sticks to Nvidia's reference clocks for the GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB, with 1506 MHz base and 1708 MHz boost clocks on the core and 8 GT/s GDDR5 memory.
According to TechPowerUp, the card measures a dainty 7.2" (18 cm) long. It's a double-slot affair, meaning its width is just about 1.5" (3.7 cm). The height wasn't specified, but we imagine the Phoenix will fit in most systems that can accommodate a full-height double-wide card. Asus offered no pricing or availability information for the GeForce 1060 3GB Phoenix, though we'd wager it's an affordable model.