To start off my testing, like always, I started off with a few synthetic benchmarks. They don’t translate directly to in game FPS but they are consistent and good for comparing directly between cards. To start off the tests I ran the Aorus GTX 1060 through four 3DMark benchmarks. Three used the Fire Strike benchmark at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k then the last was the newer Time Spy benchmark that tests DX12 performance. The Fire Strike benchmarks were especially interesting to see. At 1080p in the “performance” setting the Aorus outperformed the overclocked RX 480 and came in significantly faster than the reference GTX 1060. The score was just barely behind the overclocked XFX RX 580 and the Sapphire RX 580 as well. But when the resolutions went up a little the GTX 1060 9Gbps moved up ahead of the RX 580’s and even had a nice lead at 1440p. Time Spy was similar as well with the next closest card above the Aorus GTX 1060 was the GTX 980 Ti.
In the Unigine benchmarks both the GTX 1060 reference and the 9Gbps were both ahead of the RX 580’s with the 9Gbps having a good lead on the original both due to the overclock and the faster memory.
In Catzilla I also tested at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k and it was another repeat with one exception. It was again faster than the RX 480’s and RX 580’s but the older GTX 1060 results were higher. I tested multiple times but it looks like the performance has dropped over time here and is most likely on the driver.