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MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Review

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MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 

 

Getting the most performance out of the Pascal core mandates that you kep the core as cool as you can to keep clock speeds from dropping due to the thermal load. To improve this situation over the Founders Edition cards, MSI is using its latest Twin Frozr cooling solution, version VI, to minimize the noise profile and enhance the cooling metrics delivered. What stands out like a sore thumb, or stick in the eye, is the much higher than normal idle temperature of the GPU core. Normally that would be cause for concern or at least a pause. However, MSI is using Zero Frozr tech to keep the fan blades from spinning until the GPU core reaches 60 degrees Celsius. At this point the fans spool up and keep the card nice and cool, as evidenced by the 62 degree load temperature at stock speeds. Running the fan at 100% is going to pay dividends to the tech that can work within the parameters of the free flowing Dual Frozr 15 cooling solution.

The power consumption delivered by the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G is a bit higher than the Founders Edition card when you look at the load and idle test results. Ultimately, there is a bit more PCB and cooling componentry to use the additional juice. These results are not far outside the 120 watt TDP for the card.




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