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MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Graphics Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 1:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

Performance Summary

 

For gamers who are in the market for a new graphics card and are using a 1080p display or TV, the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G will handle everything you can throw at it while pumping away at 60FPS average or higher. You could even turn up some of the anti-aliasing and enjoy 60FPS average, or run Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) and render some games at 2560x1440, and still maintain 60FPS.

 

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Moving up to 2560x1440, the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G once again maintains 60FPS average in most games. It won't handle everything at 1440p with 60FPS average, but if you turned down some of the in-game visual settings, I don't see 60FPS average being a problem. However, games like Overwatch will run at 60FPS and beyond with everything nearly cranked to maximum.

 

 

4K gaming isn't too far out of your reach with the GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, but you'll be enjoying 3840x2160 at around 30FPS average. It's not too bad, but you wouldn't want to be playing it at 30FPS - but then again, if we compare this to mainstream consoles, a $300 graphics card that can handle 4K gaming at 30FPS is pretty damn good.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Buying an MSI graphics card means you're buying something that is a quality product, from an established and well-known brand. MSI's new GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G is one of the best value for money cards you can buy right now, offering more performance than NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition, for just 99 cents more at the time of writing.

 

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MSI also has its Radeon RX 480 graphics card which costs $299, so I'll be interested to see how it compares against the GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G. It's actually going to be my next review, so I'll be doing a traditional review like this, and then I'll write an MSI Radeon RX 480 vs. MSI GeForce GTX 1060 review. That'll be an interesting look at MSI vs. MSI, especially at 1080p and 1440p, considering they both cost $299.

 

GeForce gamers will want to dive right into the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, especially if you didn't want to spend $400+ on a new GeForce GTX 1070 and only gamed at 1080p. The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G plays games perfectly at 1080p and 1440p at around 60FPS average, while the Twin Frozr VI cooler keeps everything nice and cool - and most of all, quiet.

 

Kudos MSI, you've done it again.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: MSI fills out its GeForce GTX 10 series line up with the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, offering awesome 60FPS+ gaming at 1080p and 1440p, all while being dead silent. There's some OC headroom as well, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. MSI continues kicking GPU ass!

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