Performance: With performance that is consistently better than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition from NVIDIA, we can't complain at all. 1080p and 1440p performance is exactly where we want it, and 4K gaming isn't too bad - if you can accept 30FPS or so.
Xtreme Greatness: We have some great performance with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, and some headroom left for overclocking. As always, the WINDFORCE 2X cooler on the Xtreme Gaming graphics card keeps the GPU and RAM nice and cool, leaving you with a silent gaming environment.
VR-Link = VR Ready: GIGABYTE doesn't need to include the VR accessories with the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, but it does - and the built-in additional two HDMI 2.0 ports on the end of the card that make VR gaming so much more of a streamlined process.
Thick Cooler: GIGABYTE could have made the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming thinner, especially with it being a mid-range graphics card compared to the higher-end GTX 1070s and GTX 1080s out there. The 2.5-slot cooler is super-thick and nearly unnecessarily too big - the cooling performance achieved could have likely been done on a dual-slot cooler, allowing the card to be thinner and maybe a tiny bit louder under load.
I started off my final page of the review on the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 by saying the company has created a solid range of GTX 10 series graphics cards, and they have. GIGABYTE has done a great job on the GTX 10 series, and the GTX 1060 is the flagship product from the GP104-based lineup.
The GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is a slightly slower card with no VR love, but it does rock a dual-slot cooler, which isn't that big of a deal, as you can't SLI the GTX 1060 with another. NVIDIA has limited the GeForce GTX 1060 to a single GPU, with no SLI support. This is why I didn't mind the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming being thicker with its 2.5-slot cooler, as you can't SLI the cards anyway.
Overall, GIGABYTE has nailed its GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, with it being yet another example of the company looking out into the future of gaming, and providing some of those needed features, now. The inclusion of the two additional HDMI ports means you can easily hook up not just a VR headset to the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, but a shiny new TV - right up to a beautiful 4K set.
At the time of writing, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming was $320 on Amazon, which lands the card at $50 cheaper than GIGABYTE's Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming graphics card. The GTX 1060 is around 10-20% faster than the RX 480, so the additional 20% or so in price makes sense. GIGABYTE has both options available, in varying models, but the GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming comes with some VR bells and whistles.
GIGABYTE has impressed with its GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, a formidable graphics card for those wanting a nice upgrade from their graphics card that might not be able to handle the upcoming wave of games like Battlefield 1. And if you're looking at buying a VR headset, you'll be in safe hands with GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming.
|Performance (overclocking, power)||90%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||95%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||100%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: If I could give GIGABYTE a scratch-and-sniff sticker for their GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming, I would. It's a kick ass card with two additional HDMI ports ready for VR gaming, or maybe you just have lots of monitors and TVs. Options and performance for the mid-range galore.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming retails for $319 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming retails for £317 at Amazon UK.