Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Among the new graphics cards the most hot fighting took place between GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 We have already seen different versions of these cards, but the time has come again to revisit the topic. In the first months of autumn left many remarkable, and frankly good games. Have you changed the balance? We’ll find out. At this time, our list of tests is not very big, but it consists almost entirely of games that were not registered in previous tests. Including a comparison of performance in Battlefield 1, Gears of War 4, the updated version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with support for DirectX 12 and other games. Along the way, let’s look at another monitored by PWM a GeForce GTX 1060, this time in the performance of the company Inno3D.

In the spotlight the top version of Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 6GB product. All members of this family are characterized by powerful cooling, often superior to many analogues from other manufacturers. Let’s see what will offer us the model.

The graphics card comes in a black box with simple and minimalist design.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Equipment includes a lot of nice bonuses:

  • mousepad;
  • registration code 3DMark;
  • registration code 3DMark VRMark;
  • hex l-shaped key;
  • the software disk;

Video card iChill impresses with its dimensions. Full length of about 30 inches, and all thanks to the huge cooler that has three fans and takes up three expansion slots. Such a powerful cooling expect to see on a flagship like the GeForce GTX 1080. Therefore, this model is immediately impressive.

The front side of the cooler is covered with large decorative plates that partially interfere with the airflow from the fans. But amid the General cooling capacity of such a design feature loses some influence. Even without testing it is clear that heat and noise from this card needs to be extremely low.

The exterior design offers a combination of black and metallic elements. The whole design got rid of the abundance of large screws to secure them together. However, now to open the case difficult, but to remove the shroud from the radiator is possible.

The reverse side is protected by a perforated metal plate that gives the rigidity of the PCB and protects it from external influences.

In a corner there is one power socket on the eight pins.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Let’s look closer at the cooling system. The radiator consists of two sections of the plates, that are pierced by five heat pipes. Contact with the surface of the GPU is realized through a copper base with Nickel-plated.

Engineers Inno3D refused to separate the radiator for the power components of the power unit. Now them removes the heat from the main heat sink by the contact pads on the second section. The pads and the additional locking screw ensures reliable clamping.

The radiator fins on the sides have a small cut, and over the “teeth” of the clinging shroud with fans.

Memory chips are covered with a separate plate, dissipating heat.

Responsible for the blowout three Colorful fan CF-12915S size 90 mm. This provides good flow through the whole radiator even at a low speed of rotation and an additional air cooling of the Board.

Printed circuit Board with a length of 27 centimeters. Its design is reminiscent of the older GeForce and does not go to any comparison with a short PCB of the reference samples.

The power supply system of the GPU consists of five phases.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

The model is an older version of Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 with all the computing units and 6 GB of memory. Therefore, the assets of GPU GP106 full configuration from the 1280 stream processors and 48 texture units.

The GDDR5 memory works at the bus bit width of 192 bits. Six soldered chips Samsung K4G80325FB-HC25.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 operates at higher clock frequencies. Basic core frequency is set at 1569 MHz Boost Clock 1785 MHz. Effective memory frequency was increased up to 8200 MHz.

The level of factory tuning is not a record for Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3. But the real Boost to the best models, he consistently holds on a bracket 1974 MHz without a problem even in the most demanding games. Long testing benchmark Metro: Last Light warmed – only up to 58 °C at 22 °C in the room which is an excellent result. Inno3D iChill cooler all the previously tested models in this series, and perhaps this is the cold version of the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 with air cooling. Fan speed less than 1200 rpm, the noise level is low.

But the acceleration was not surprised. The final frequency on the level of other monitored by PWM models. But we have noted several times that the decisions of the family of Pascal do not differ in the frequency potential. Powerful nutrition and quality of components do not give any obvious benefits for acceleration, but will provide better stability at the maximum frequency. The base frequency was increased to 1699 MHz @ peak Boost level 2101 MHz. The memory was able to overclock without crashing to 9456 MHz.

Increasing the power limit has ensured stable 2101 MHz without a problem below this level. Not had to resort to manual control of the fans. In automatic mode, the cooling easily coped with its task. The heat kernel has grown to a modest 63 °C while keeping the fan speed at the level of 1200 rpm.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3: Characteristics of the tested graphics cards

Reviewed video card testing replace the reference version in case of low frequencies up to a comparable level. The competitor will be monitored by PWM version of the Radeon RX 480 from ASUS, which was tested at the recommended frequencies and in overclocking.

Technical characteristics of rivals described in the table. The graphs for Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 is a full range of frequencies, including the peak values.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3: Test bench

The configuration of the testbed is the following:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6950X (3,0@4,1 GHz);
  • cooler: Noctua NH-D15 (dual fan NF-A15 PWM 140 mm, 1,300 rpm);
  • motherboard: MSI X99S MPower;
  • memory: G. Skill F4-3200C14Q-32GTZ (4×8 GB, DDR4-3200, CL14-14-14-35);
  • system drive: Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB (240 GB, SATA 6Gb/s);
  • additional disk: Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 (1TB, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm);
  • power supply: Seasonic SS-750KM (750 W);
  • monitor: ASUS PB278Q (2560×1440, 27″);
  • operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64;
  • driver GeForce GTX 1060: NVIDIA GeForce 375.57;
  • driver Radeon RX 470: AMD Grimson 16.10.2.

All tests were performed at resolutions of 1920×1080 and 2560×1440 with maximum quality graphics. An exception is made only for the shooter DOOM, which is only tested in very high resolution. After the tests the data test in 3DMark.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3: Testing methodology

Battlefield 1

The test was conducted by replaying the game a small episode in the beginning of the job, “Cape Helles”, where a play on the assault on Gallipoli. The soldiers landed on the beach under heavy artillery fire, and with abundant explosions the performance of the sags more than in most other gaming moments. Performed 6-7 repetitions.

Selected Ultra-quality, disconnected the graphics memory limit. Testing was conducted in DirectX 11 using Fraps and DirectX 12 with the utility Mirillis Action!

Dark Souls 3

Six times he repeated the walk in pre-cleaned first location at the beginning of the game.

Selected the maximum graphics quality. Additionally, disabled dynamic change of quality.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Instead of built-in backmake method was used for manual testing. The selected one of the worst episodes of the greenhouses, through which the hero sneaks after the death of the character of Talos Rucker. Performed at least seven repeats.

The selected profile maximum quality “Very high” with standard antialiasing TAA without activating MSAA. Testing was conducted in DirectX and in DirectX 12.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480


This game was tested only in 2560×1440 resolution, but different APIs — OpenGL and Vulkan. In the second case, it is impossible to use some tools to monitor fps in fullscreen mode. Therefore, to test Vulkan had in windowed mode with a limit of 60 fps.

Testing was conducted in the beginning of the level “Jungle factory”. Was done a short hike with shooting enemies and barrels, strictly adhered to one procedure, performed six repetitions. In the case of large scatter of the final data was done an additional run in six repetitions.

Selected the maximum graphics quality. In the advanced settings filtering is increased to the maximum of 16x. Mode, smoothing mode is selected SMAA 1TX

Forza Horizon 3

To test your first race on the buggy, where we catch up with the car hanging from a helicopter. The race takes place on a difficult track with a variety of landscape and rich vegetation. It’s pretty heavy for the graphics card route, which will allow to fully assess the capabilities of the opponents in this game. Frame rate was measured by the utility Mirillis Action! from the moment of the start of the race to the finals. The race is long, so was only performed on the four repeat.

The maximum Ultra-quality that involves MSAA 4x.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Gears of War 4

Used built-in game benchmark, which were run in 6-7 times.

Selected the maximum graphics quality Ultra active additional capabilities of DirectX 12 (Async Compute, etc.).

Mafia 3

Pereigrala has a small slot cut in the quest “Find Baku”, where you have to infiltrate the base of the Haitian gang. Visually, this episode is not beautiful, but it gives good performance, which is why he is selected for testing. Seven repetitions on each card.

Selected high quality graphics active all the additional effects. Smoothing is reduced to a minimum, because in this mode, the picture is more clear and looks better.

Shadow Warrior 2

Testing was performed at the beginning of the game in the very first location. Committed a short walk, the frame rate was measured with Fraps. Performed 6-7 repetitions.

The selected profile Ultra-quality.

3DMark Fire Strike

The test of the last Fire Strike test of 3DMark in Extreme mode (2560×140).

3DMark Time Spy

New benchmark under DirectX 12, were run with the default settings.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3: Conclusion

GeForce GTX 1060 has a certain advantage over the Radeon RX 480, but in the new games, opponents are often very close. Among the obvious wins of the representative of AMD results in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Battlefield 1 DirectX 12. In the second case, we can predict the normalization of the performance of GeForce as game updates and drivers. When DirectX 12 was only tested on the beta version of Mankind Divided, the NVIDIA was a serious performance degradation. Now we see though a tiny but acceleration performance. Also on the side of the GeForce GTX 1060 higher overclocking potential and lower power consumption.

Reviewed video card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 in the first place stands out a huge cooler. Powerful cooling, which could be done with the top models, ensures extremely low operating temperatures with low noise. Also worth noting is the full-length high-quality PCB and good acceleration. The final frequencies of any records not installed, but Pascal in the frequency potential approximately equal. And then you can be sure that at higher frequencies the graphics card will work steadily, quietly and at low temperatures. Plus record and good equipment, Mat, and codes for 3DMark are nice bonuses. Great product and one of the best versions in its series. A good option for those who need a quick and cool GeForce GTX 1060.

Source: inno3d

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 X3 and new compared to Radeon RX 480 was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby