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MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Review


MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing:

Finding out the amount of FPS performance delivered by NVIDIA's latest foray into scaling down its Pascal architecture, all rolled up in this custom build by MSI and the GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.


Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

  • XFX R9 390X DD
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
  • PNY GTX 980 XLR8
  • XFX R9 Fury
  • PowerColor R9 390
  • NVIDIA GTX 980Ti
  • NVIDIA GTX Titan X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  • MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G
  • MSI GTX  1070 Gaming X 8G
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 Founders Edition


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Far Cry Primal
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Hitman (2016)
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. Ashes of the Singularity
  10. 3DMark


  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption

  1. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Closer Look: New Tech
  3. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G: Specifications & Features
  4. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Setup
  5. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Fallout 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  6. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Far Cry Primal, Battlefield 4
  7. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Hitman (2016)
  8. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Unigine Heaven 4
  9. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Ashes of the Singularity, 3DMark
  10. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Testing: Temperature & Power Consumption
  11. MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G: Conclusion
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