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How To Improve GTX 1060 6GB (Laptop) Temps and Performance


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1. Clean your fans. I've done a grave mistake of letting my laptop run for a year and ten months without even cleaning the fans because I was so afraid of opening up my back panel, and when I cleaned it up, I had lower temps of 8-10C. Anyways, clean those fans up.


2. Set up your NVIDIA Control Panel:

  • Ambient Occlusion - Off
  • Anisotropic filtering - Off
  • Antialiasing -
    • FXAA - Off
    • Gamma Correction - Off
    • Mode - Off
    • Setting - Off
    • Transparency - Off
  • CUDA - GPUs - None
  • DSR -
    • Factors - (Your preference, I've put 4.00x for 4k the screenshots)
    • Smoothness 0%
  • Maximum pre-rendered frames - 4
  • Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) - On
  • Open GL rendering GPU - GTX 1060
  • Power Management - Prefer maximum performance
  • Shader Cache - On
  • Texture filtering - 
    • Anisotropic sample optimization - On
    • Negatice LOD bias - Allow
    • Quality - High Performance
    • Trilinear optimization - On
  • Threaded optimization - On
  • Triple buffering - On
  • Vertical Sync - Fast
  • Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames - (doesn't matter) 1-4


3. Undervolt your GTX 1060 using MSI Afterburner:

If you don't have this application yet, download it. To undervolt your GPU you must first make sure that you know the max voltage that your GPU is getting, for me my GPU was getting around 1.0000V, so I've gone ahead and undervolted down to between .850V to .900V with following the MHz that is already set up. 


Press Alt + F on the graph below, and continue to edit the voltage/frequency curve


Then, follow a straight line on the desired maximum voltage level. Once you've done this, make sure to apply and save the profile.


4. Optimize & Verify your game


5. Adjust In-Game Display Settings:

  • Display Mode - Fullscreen
  • Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh Rate 60Hz
  • Aspect Ratio - Auto
  • Vertical Sync - Off
  • Max Framerate - 60
  • Brightness - Your Preference (I keep this at 50)
  • Contrast - Your Preference (I keep this at 50 also)
  • Field of View - 78
  • Enable Screen Shake - Off
  • Effects Intensity - 110
  • Runtime Tessellation - Off
  • Local Reflections - Off
  • Blur Reflections - Off
  • Volumetric Lighting - Off
  • High Dynamic Range - On
  • Adaptive Exposure - On 
  • Glare - Off
  • Ambient Occlusion - Off
  • High Shader Quality - Off
  • Dynamic Resolution - Disabled
  • Geometry Detail - High
  • Particle System Quality - High
  • GPU Particles - High/Ludicrous
  • Shadow Quality - High
  • Texture Memory - High
  • Anisotropic Filtering - 16X
  • Trilinear Filtering On
  • Anti-Aliasing - TAA 8X (High)
  • TAA Sharpen - 100
  • Depth of Field - Your Preference (I keep it on)
  • Motion Blur - Your Preference (I keep it on)
  • Bloom - On
  • Bloom Intensity - Your Preference (Mine is at 10)
  • Color Correction - Off
  • Dynamic Lighting - On
  • Character Shadows - On
  • Constant Weapon Trail - Off
  • Weapon Elemental FX - Your Preference, Off/On


With these things that I have done, I'm getting steady 60fps, sometimes 50-60fps, with a temperature that does not exceed 80 degrees Celsius, even when I go to PoE and do some Eidolon/Tridolon hunts with a squad. Although, running with a squad will lower down your fps that may be due to internet connections and lag, but it still performs well in terms of keeping your GPU cooler than usual. I do need to have a thermal repaste though so that I can get the max settings with max performance.


Let me know if you have other option or if I have missed anything, but this is what I did to improve my GPU's temps and performance. Just wanted to share for those with a laptop GTX 1060


My Laptop:

  • Alienware 15 R3
    • Windows 10 Home
    • i5-6300HQ @ 2.3GHz
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • GTX 1060 6GB  (Driver Version: 391.25)
    • 1TB HDD
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38 minutes ago, Joe_Barbarian said:

Or you could just buy a desktop instead of a glorified crouch warmer.

Please be open minded to other things. Just because you have a desktop, it doesn't mean that everyone will want one, afford one, or even need one. 

I have a gaming laptop because I'm still as student. Do you think I can carry a desktop to school and do my thesis study? Yeah, sure I'll get a desktop, once I graduate and get a job, but as of right now, my gaming laptop will do. 

Don't try to bring that kind of attitude to this type of post, I'm here to help those with a gaming laptop. If you have nothing else to say that would help others, then it's best to keep quiet because you're not helping at all. Trash attitude.

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