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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming Review (Page 1)

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming Review

GIGABYTE continues filling out its GTX 10 series line up with the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming graphics card. Here's our full review on it.

By Anthony Garreffa on Oct 3, 2016 at 02:15 pm CDT - 1 min, 56 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE has been nailing GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards so far, with impressive entries in its GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics cards. I'm finally getting through my stack of graphics cards from GIGABYTE, with the GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming card in the test bed for its turn through my benchmarks.

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The new GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming is everything you want it to be: a quality mid-range graphics card with a bunch of features for gaming and VR, all while it runs cool and quiet while gaming.

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GIGABYTE has put quite a lot of work into the cooling technology on its Xtreme Graphics-branded graphics cards, with their WINDFORCE 2X cooling system featuring 2 x 100mm blade fans.

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As you can see, GIGABYTE has some nifty stuff going on with the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system.

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Not only that, but we have a big push towards VR and making it easier than all of the competing GTX 10 series cards on the market. GIGABYTE has come out of nowhere with more impressive VR support than everyone else.

Specifications

GIGABYTE has tweaked the clocks on its GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming graphics card, with the card featuring two profiles: OC and Gaming modes. The Gaming mode clocks the GPU up to 1620/1847MHz on base/boost, respectively - while the OC mode cranks it a little higher to 1645/1873MHz for base/boost, respectively.

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The Card

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GIGABYTE has some pretty good looking box art for the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, with the WINDFORCE cooler, VR-Link, and 4-year warranty details on the box.

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It's beautiful, isn't it? The WINDFORCE 2X cooler looks great.

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The backplate on the card looks good too, with some Xtreme Gaming branding on the back.

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Remember you can control the LEDs on the card, but check out how thick it is! It's a triple-slot card, so prepare your system.

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GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming uses just 1 x 8-pin PCIe power connector.

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The end of the card, where we have 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports for the VR-Link system, and your VR headset.

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From the bottom, we have a nice tease of the huge heat sink.

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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