• Memory: 6GB GDDR5
  • Ports: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Dimensions: 277 x 140 x 39mm
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Twin Frozr VI
  • Backplate
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 11,866 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 6,173 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 3,177 points
  • Time Spy: 4,513 points

A Gamer’s Grail

With the release of the GTX 1060 the world is going wild as the bar for mid-range gaming has been brought up once again. Ushering a new benchmark for graphic cards at its price range, reaching performances that were only capable in high-end graphic cards in the past. MSI decided they had to have their own take in this and came up with their MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X to show what they’re made of.

The MSI GTX1060 is NVIDIA’s latest mid-range graphic card occupying the space between high-end gaming and budget gaming, and also serves as a portal into VR gaming as well. If you’re just a 1080p gamer and would like to get into VR gaming in the future, the GTX 1060 seems like a good choice. But getting back to the GTX 1060 GAMING X, out of the box we are invited by MSI’s trademark Twin Frozr VI cooler, we personally are a huge fan of the Twin Frozr series of coolers. The Torx 2.0 isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but also provides silent and cool gaming all the time.

When running benchmarks the graphic card proved to be a silent giant with the fans only starting to spin when action really gets nitty and gritty. Even then the card was silent when placing our ears right next to the graphic card, but this might also depend on your cooling setup and whether your room’s ambient temperature is low or high, in our case it was the former. The graphic card now also comes with a backplate which we found to be a great addition, so gamers on a tighter budget can still enjoy having aesthetics.

The GTX 1060 usually runs on only a single 6-pin connector but MSI decided to replace that with an 8-pin connector to allow higher power draw for overclocking purposes. When on Gaming Mode which MSI deems it to be the smoothest and stable overclock they can achieve for gaming on this card, the core clock finds itself at a base clock of 1569MHz and a boost clock of 1784MHz. This is evident in our gaming, as it easily plays the latest 1080p games without a hitch. Though certain games may have a higher requirement than most, we are pretty certain that 1080p gaming would be of no problems whatsoever.

CHIP CONCLUDE: On a tight budget, but are willing to spend that few extra bucks on a graphic card? The MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X is no doubt a worthy contender if you don’t already own a GTX 970 or GTX 980.

(previously published in issue August 2016)