ASUS, EVGA, Inno3D, Gigabyte and other manufacturers introduced their video cards based on GeForce GTX graphics processor 1060, based on the mass market. We tested a number of cards in our test lab, and now it is the turn of the new MSI models, namely the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X. The card is equipped with a proprietary cooler and RGB backlight, it has attracted the attention of high clock speeds and enhanced power system, which should provide higher clock frequencies in overclocking. All the details you will find out in our review.
We tested a lot of graphics cards already on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. GPU in our test lab visited ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming and Inno3D GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 OC, we tested the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0. However, MSI models still did not. A few days ago we received the video card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X, which tests presented below.
Video card, you can not hesitate to competitors. It is equipped with a dual-slot cooler with a proprietary interesting visual accents. Note the numerous aluminum fins, three thick copper heat pipes and two major axial diameter of 95 mm radiator. The fee is based on the printed circuit board own design with enhanced power subsystem. Unlike the reference card Founders Edition from NVIDIA, the new model 1060 MSI GeForce GTX Gaming X boasts higher clock speeds. In OC mode, the base frequency of the graphics processor is increased by almost 100 MHz, 6 GB of GDDR5 memory continue to work on a standard frequency of 2.002 MHz. The video card in retail will cost from 285 euros in Europe, or 21 thousand. Rubles in Russia. The cheapest GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of memory can be purchased by 17.5 thousand. Rubles. In Europe, the 1060 version of the GeForce GTX Founders Edition is available exclusively from NVIDIA, and it is even more expensive – 319 euros.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X uses the graphics processor on Pascal modern architecture from NVIDIA, which was first introduced in May, with the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. Compared to the two flagship model used here is not version GP104, a less powerful chip GP106 . It is less complex, but at the same time and consumes less power. The chip contains about 4.4 billion. Transistors. But the stream processors still has more than its predecessor. If the GeForce GTX 960, we received 1,024 stream processors, then a new video card – is 1.280. They are distributed in two clusters GPC ten multiprocessor. Each of the SMM is equipped with 128 stream processors, giving a total of 1,280. Each multiprocessor available eight TMU, as a result of GeForce GTX 1060 contains 80 texture units.
NVIDIA trimmed memory subsystem compared to older video cards. In GPU GP106 one 64-bit memory controller has been removed, there are only three of the controller, which provide 192-bit interface. According to it, the memory chips are connected GDDR5, capacity, depending on the model, is 3 or 6 GB. Recall that it was the precursor to 4GB. Connected to the memory controller 48 raster operations pipelines.
In reference card from NVIDIA Founders Edition we have clock speeds of 1.506 / 1.708 / 2.002 MHz, but MSI Video Card Gaming X exhibited higher frequencies. The base rate is 1.594 MHz, in Boost mode, the maximum strip – 1.809 MHz, the memory runs at the same frequency of 2.002 MHz. But you must first activate the OC Mode clock frequency data in the application MSI Gaming, otherwise the base frequency, and Boost will be lower – 1.569 and 1.784 MHz. In our tests, we have activated the OC Mode. But it would be much better if such a rate is set automatically producer. However, this approach does not use a MSI.
If you are interested in the details Pascal architecture, we recommend that you contact our test GeForce GTX 1080, in which we examined the details of Pascal, 16-nm FinFET and discussed new features. We also encourage you to read our test of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition.
Below we look at the video card MSI GeForce GTX Gaming X 1060 in detail. How does it show itself than its competitors? Which graphics card is equipped with a very quiet, but quite powerful cooling system? How well is accelerated graphics card? We will answer all the questions.
MSI graphics card GeForce GTX Gaming X 1060 is the flagship model in the family of GeForce GTX 1060 from MSI. It works with the highest level of factory overclocking, equipped with a powerful cooler and modified PCB. MSI offers a less powerful model Armor 6G, which is equipped with not so productive dual-slot cooler running at lower clock speeds and sold cheaper. Instead of 285 euros or 21 thousand. Rubles in Russia, Armor 6G card can be purchased from 275 euros, or by 20.6 thousand. Rubles in Russia. Even cheaper would cost options with 3 GB of video memory, two times smaller in volume. They can be purchased from 190 euros, or by 15.1 thousand. Rubles.
As we have noted above, the highest frequency of MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X observed in OC mode, in which the card should be translated manually via Gaming application. The base in the OC mode, the frequency increases with 1.569 to 1.594 MHz. 6 GB of GDDR5 memory operating at the nominal speed NVIDIA 2,0 GHz. MSI has strengthened the power subsystem, instead of the 3 + 1-phase to set Gaming X 5 + 1-phase. Instead of 6-pin PCI Express slot for additional power supply is now set 8-pin.
Compared with the Founders Edition graphics card from MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X base rate increased by almost 6%. In practice, Boost mode have higher clock speeds. In all of our tests and games we got a rate of 1.961 MHz, a high level. While some other manufacturers overcome the bar at 2.0 GHz, as the recently tested the video card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0.
There are no cooling is no problem, despite the high clock speeds. Depending on the game and test the maximum temperature GP106 chip is not close to the mark of 70 ° C – in the tests we have received between 63 and 66 ° C.
Before we move on to a detailed examination of MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X, let me give you a cooler specification, PCB, etc.
With a length of 279 mm graphics card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X – one of the longest GTX models 1060 in our test lab. Also PCB by approximately 1.5 cm above the comparable models in this class of price and performance. We get a powerful cooler and an optimized PCB design. The cooler is based on three nickel-plated copper heatpipes and two large axial fan, each with a diameter of 95 mm. Cooler TwinFrozr VI width takes the usual two slots, height, he does not act, so that the card should fit easily into modern buildings.
In Europe, the graphics card MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X is available from 285 euros. Price graphics card with 3GB of memory starts from 190 euros.
Visually, the graphics card MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X is difficult to distinguish from the older models, as well as their predecessors. MSI has chosen a familiar black-and-red range and Pascal generation, you can see the dragon and logos – a distinctive feature of Gaming lineup.
Dragon logo is added not only to the end of the video, but also in the middle of the two fans. The latter have a diameter of 95 mm, the impeller blades 14 consists of a specially shaped to reduce turbulence and to increase airflow.
Not without RGB-illumination. MSI illuminates red insets surrounding the rear fan, and the dragon logo on the end of MSI GeForce GTX X. The 1060 Gaming Gaming With the application, you can change the color and lighting effects.
MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X is quite large. In height PCB stands for the usual dimensions of the majority of video cards of this class of price and performance.
On the dual-slot plug are three video outputs DisplayPort, one HDMI and DVI. Here MSI has not moved away from the NVIDIA standard.
What can be said about the power subsystem. If the video card from NVIDIA Founders Edition installed one 6-pin PCI Express auxiliary power, connected to the tested model 8-pin connector. Theoretically, the video card can consume from the power supply up to 225 watts. Although the maximum power consumption stated only 120 watts.
For better cooling and mechanical strength of the back of the video card MSI adds mechanical plate. It is also present dragon logo, but it can be seen only at a certain angle.
The face of the card under the cooler is also closed metal plate. It improves the cooling of the other components of the video card, such as memory chips GDDR5. Also plate optimizes the contact pressure of the cooler on the GPU.
For high components, for example, power subsystem, left notches. Of course, the cut-out is provided also for the GPU.
Founders Edition graphics card from NVIDIA based on a 3 + 1-phase power system, but MSI GeForce GTX Gaming X 1060 we have six phases. We can hope Through enhanced power subsystem for higher overclocking results, but we will focus on this later.
To connect two PCB axial fan, as well as LED. They also have to supply power.
The cooler is equipped with a sink with numerous aluminum fins, three nickel-plated copper heat pipes and a two
mja large axial fans 95 mm. In the past, the family of coolers TwinFrozr showed convincing results on cooling performance and noise level. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the show itself MSI GeForce GTX Gaming X 1060 in our tests.
MSI Package GeForce GTX Gaming X 1060 can not be called rich, user attention is focused directly on the video card. In addition to driver CD and Quick Setup Guide you will get some stickers and registration card. Taiwanese company did not even put a video card power supply adapter.
Like all modern video cards, the cooler TwinFrozr VI to the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X stops the fans in an idle mode, the card operates completely silently. Our test model, the fan starts to work when heated above the GPU 48 ° C.
For the diversion of more than 120 watts of heat fans already have to connect to the work. Therefore, in the games graphics are no longer working silently. But in the case of MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1060 X noise level was still very low. We got a little more than 40 dB (A) at full load. MSI graphics cards can not be called very quiet, ASUS models, EVGA and ZOTAC worked with less noise. However, the difference is not significant.
Because of a semi-GPU fan mode in 2D heated slightly stronger than the video card is always with active cooling. temperature of 48 ° C can not be called critical high, though competitors provides a lower level.
Under load, the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X was in the top three. GPU temperature did not rise above 64 ° C. For comparison, the reference Founders Edition we got considerably higher temperature 78 ° C, and a greater noise level.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X was one of the most fuel-efficient models, we got 122.5 watts for the entire system.
Due to the high level of graphics acceleration ceded energy consumption of comparable models and ZOTAC Inno3D. But she consumed less the same Gigabyte and EVGA. We got 275.5 W with the other system components. For this class of 3D-accelerator result can be described as very good.
As power consumption in idle mode, we have not received significant differences after connecting a second monitor. Video consumes per watt more.
MSI adds to the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X decent factory overclock, but we decided to overclock the video card yourself, the more that the MSI did not increase the clock frequency of 6 GB of video memory. We were able to increase the Boost frequency for another 172 MHz or almost 9%. After numerous tests the performance and stability, we stopped at a frequency of 2.113 MHz. The memory we were able to overclock to 2.287 MHz. So the graphics card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X accelerates relatively well. Although, again, have recently tested EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 we got an even higher overclock.
With the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X and cooler TwinFrozr already the sixth generation MSI continues the success of their predecessors. Pascal-generation graphics card, in this case the GeForce GTX 1060, has shown impressive results in our tests. MSI GeForce GTX Gaming X in 1060 quietly continues to operate even under full load, the noise level barely exceeds 40 dB (A), and the temperature does not rise above 64 ° C. Despite the relatively high nominal clock frequency in the cooling system remains the potential to raise the rate even higher. In our overclocking tests, we were able to overclock the chip and the memory of almost 9% and 12%, respectively, which allowed to squeeze extra performance. Good results shown are connected, including, and with enhanced power system as compared to Founders Edition by NVIDIA.
Even at standard settings, the graphics card works very quickly, Boost frequency of the games was 1.961 MHz, although some competitors EVGA or Inno3D have given an even greater level of Boost. In any case, the performance is sufficient for all modern games resolution Full-HD. Some less demanding games can run in higher resolutions. We did not like that it is necessary to activate the OC mode through its own utility to the maximum clock frequency. It would be much easier if they are immediately exposed to the UEFI / BIOS. However, this approach not only uses the MSI, but also some other manufacturers. Package also quite meager, the Taiwanese manufacturer has not put even an adapter for additional power supply card.
Price from 285 euros in Europe. They can be purchased by 250 euros. But as a rule, you will get less powerful cooling system and a lower clock frequency.