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PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card (VCGGTX10606PB)


review by hequaqua

I’ve updated the charts to reflect the results better. A few of them made one card look a lot stronger/weaker in the same test. These two card are really neck to neck in all benchmarks.


This review is on the PNY GTX1060 XLR8 6gb graphics card. This is my very first review on OCN. Sorry for grammar/spelling errors.

Card Specs
Model GTX1060 xlr8
Brand PNY
Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce GTX 1060
Core Clock 1582 MHz
Boost Clock 1797 MHz
CUDA Cores 1280

Effective Memory Clock 8 Gbps
Memory Size 6GB
Memory Interface 192-Bit
Memory Type GDDR5(My particular model came with Samsung)
3D API DX11/DX12
OpenGL OpenGL 4.5

HDMI 1 x HDMI 2. 0b
DisplayPort 3 x DisplayPort 1.4

Max Resolution 7680 x 4320
Cooler With Fan
Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux, FreeBSDx86
System Requirements PCI Express-compliant motherboard with one double-width x16 graphics slot
Minimum 500W or greater system power supply
300MB of available hard-disk space
2GB system memory (4GB or higher recommended)
DVD-ROM drive and Internet connection
Power Connector 8-Pin
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes

Factory Overclocked
PNY Silent XLR8 Twin Cooler
Simultaneous Multi-Projection
VR Ready
NVIDIA Ansel Support
NVIDIA GameStream
NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0
Microsoft DirectX 12 Support
Vulkan API Support
Open GL 4.5 Support
PCI Express 3.0
Max Digital Resolution — 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz

As a MSI GTX970 owner, I am very familiar with nVidia. I have done a lot of testing on the GTX970, as well as bios modding. I will include all the links at the end of the review(benchmark testing that I’ve been keeping on the GTX970).
I try to keep everything as equal as I can when testing. The only thing I really can’t is ambient temperature. I do try to keep it close in all my testing.

Computer Specs:
Intel [email protected](stock voltage)
PNY GTX1060 6gb
EVGA Supernova G2 750w
Corsair Vengence 16gb 1600mhz ram 9-9-9-24 timings
Lepa AquaChanger 240 [2]Gentle Typhoons 120mm(push)
Phanteks Ethoo Pro Case
[2]Yate Loon 140mm fans Front Intake Red LED
[2]Lepa 120mm (One in push) (One Exhaust)

I set the 3D settings in the nVidia contol panel as follows:
Global: Single display/adaptive power
Programs: Single Display/max performance
V-Sync Off

Benchmarks Used:
Time Spy
The Division-Ultra
The Division-High
VRMark Orange Room
VRMark Blue room

MSI Afterburner 4. 3.0
HWiNFO64 v5.40-3030
GPU-Z 1.12.0
Frafs Benchmark Viewer

Let me start by saying the card was package very well. Although, the actual card was not in a anti-static bag. This didn’t seem to be a issue for me. The card came with a stock bios of 1582/8000mhz. The bios is overclocked to 1797/8000mhz. It is listed as a 120w card. By using nVidia Boost 3.0, the card never see’s 1797mhz on the core. It actually runs over 1925mhz+!

I set the 3D settings in the nVidia contol panel as follow:
Global: Single display/adaptive power(allows the card to downclock when not under load)
Programs: Single Display/max performance

Afterburner Settings:
+0 Voltage
116% Power Limit
+0 Core
+0 Memory
Stock fan curve

Display Settings
All the tests were at 1920×1080 unless noted. Main monitor(144hz) was set to 120hz, secondary 60hz.

I run the benchmarks in the order they are listed above. I do two runs of each(16 total runs). I capture each run and enter them into the spreadsheet when finished. I also try to get a screen shot of HWiNFO. I ran 8 sets of drivers. 373.06-376.06
If I have a driver or appliction crash at any point, I restart the test. Example: If it crashed on Firesrtrike, I get rid of all the previous benchmarks and restart them again. (I’m a little OCD). I also use DDU to install each driver.

With that out of the way…let’s dig into the performance of this card!

For reference, I will be using the MSI GTX970 Gaming 4g. This card is on a custom bios. It has boost disabled. The clocks are 1506/[email protected] w/305w Power limit.
All of the following charts were compiled after running the benchmarks. I used the average of the 8 Driver sets.

Valley and Heaven
I use these tests for a few reasons. One, they’re free. Two, they aren’t dependent on the CPU as much as some other benchmarks. Three, it is also very good at finding your max speed for Vram. I use the Extreme HD for Valley, and Heaven is set to Custom but everything is set the same as Heaven.(the Heaven Extreme only runs it at 1600×900)

GTX 1060 wins. It doesn’t blow it away, but it does beat it.

Time Spy-Default Settings 1440p
I use this test because it is DX12. The only other DX12 title I own is Battlefield 1(We’ll look at it later). These are just the Graphic scores.

GTX 1060 wins again

Firestrike-Default Settings
This is a good all around test. It does have seperate tests that isolate the card from the CPU, then a combined test. There is a free version, but you do have to run the Demo, and I don’t think it will keep your scores. It does generate a link that stays online though.

GTX 970 wins. Graphic scores only.

The Division-Ultra
This is benchmark that is available outside of actual game play. I use this because it is one of the few games that utillizes all the CPU cores and threads. It is closer to real world usage than the synthetic benchmarks.

GTX 970 wins again. The two cards are within 1 frame. It might be a win, but it falls within the margin of error.

The Division-High

Increase in FPS on both(expected) and again they are within the margin of error.

VRMark-Default Settings
This is a new addition to everyone’s benchmarking suite. With the VR market heating up, it was time someone built a better test than the one that is available on Steam.
One thing to keep in mind with these benchmarks are the resolutions they are rendering at.

Orange Room 2264×1348 Windowed

A virtual tie. (excuse the pun)

Blue Room 5120×2880 Windowed

Again, a tie. Both scores are within the margin of error.

Battlefield 1
I ran Battlefield 1 in both DX11 and DX12. I used Fraps to capture 5 minutes of gamplay. These were both in-game, and not the campaign. I then used Frafs Bench Viewer to display frametimes and FPS. These were captured using Driver 376.19

NOTE: Fraps will capture benchmarks in DX12, it just doesn’t show the OSD

Battlefield 1/Ultra/Argonne Forest/DX11

Fraps Log
DX11 Ultra Argonne Forest
2016-12-06 11:32:08 — bf1
Frames: 23212 — Time: 300000ms — Avg: 77.373 — Min: 62 — Max: 94

Battlefield 1/Ultra/Sinai Desert/DX12

Fraps Log
DX12 Ultra Sinai Desert
2016-12-06 11:46:21 — bf1
Frames: 24427 — Time: 300000ms — Avg: 81.423 — Min: 64 — Max: 132

I’ll give my final thoughts on the benchmarks in a bit. Let’s move on to some other items of interest.


This is the average over 7 driver sets(somehow I missed getting HWiNFO64 on Driver 376.09). I’m not sure as to why. Temps were about on par of what I had been seeing with the other drivers. Power Usage was also over the 7 sets of driver(again, no 376.09).

NOTE: These are the Max Values that HWiNFO64 diplayed

Driver Temps?(C)
373. 06 65
375.57 62
375.63 65
375.70 66
375.76 61
375.86 62
375.95 66
376.19 63
Average 63.8

Driver Wattage
373.06 139.469
375.57 143.119
375.63 142.868
375.70 140.283
375.76 143.312
375.86 141.812
375.95 141.024
376.19 138.361
Average 141.281

This card uses about 10w at idle

Let me talk about temps for a second. This card doesn’t have the 0db fan profile on it. The fans seem to idle around 48-51%. At those percentages it’s equal to +/-1600rpm. At 100% the fans are around +/-3100rpm. Overall, the fans aren’t loud at all, even under load. After having the card for about a week, I can honestly say I haven’t seen the temps even close to 70?. The fans around 60? seem to increase in % in relation to the temps. Example of what I’m trying to say…..At 65?, the fans are at 65-66%. At 68?, they are around 69%,etc.

**UPDATE** nVidia has really limited this card in the terms of power. See final thoughts for more info.

Overclocking v Stock
While I was able to achieve some nice OC’s, none of them kept a stable core clock. Because of Boost 3.0, I really didn’t push it really hard. The Vram on the other hand OC’s like crazy. The stock is 8000mhz. This card, like my GTX970 has Samsung, I felt confidant that I could get a OC of at least 1000mhz. I was right. In fact, if you look at my sig, you can see that I was able to hit 9500/9600mhz on both Time Spy and Firestrike.

I did do a OC’ing run on all the benchmarks with Driver 376.19. When I get time I will add those results to the GTX1060 spreadsheet. On average I saw about a 8% increase in FPS/Scores.

**UPDATE** I’ve added the OC results for Driver 376.19. The power limit is hitting this card hard. You can see in the highest OC’s that the scores didn’t gain much. In some benchmarks, it actually lost some ground.

AB Setting for OC:
+50 Voltage
+116 Power Limit
+100 Core
+500 Memory
Stock Fan curve

I do have a Kill-A-Watt meter, and I believe that during the Firestrike run posted in my sig, the system wattage peaked around 325-330w. That was with the [email protected], 1.269VID, and the ram overclocked from 1600 to 1866. I want to say the GTX1060 was +163 Core/+800Vram.

Final Thoughts
While I have not tested anything other that Time Spy at 1440p, this card is a excellent choice for 1080p. It ran everything smoothly and never missed a beat. The only exception was Battlefield 1 in DX12. While frametimes and FPS were better, it is clear to me that DX12 has a ways to go. It just didn’t seem as smooth as DX11. Micro-stutter, a little lag, etc. Of course with DX12, it is now more dependent on the developers to take advantage of it. Perhaps EA/Dice will with future updates. I do have a Powercolor RX470, and it experiences some of the same issues in BF1 with DX12.

This particular card feels solid, and the cooling on it is excellent. There are a few things holding this card back. I would say the biggest factor is nVidia. Boost has never been friendly to overclockers, and normally there are ways around it. No SLI as well. I can understand nVidia’s decision, they didn’t want to hurt the sales of the mid to high end cards. They also wanted to keep the power consumption low. With a TDP of 120w, it really hurts this card. It uses a 8-pin PEG connector. That and the power from the PCIe slot, we should have 225w available. It could be that the 16nm process it more sensitive to power and voltage. Voltages are also all over under load, again, easy to overcome on previous gen cards. Core clocks also bounce around, but normally even out for the most part. This particular card seems like 1936/1949 for the most part. Even with the limits, I will say that this card is able to reproduce results that don’t have a big variation.

This card has 384 less Cuda cores than the GTX970, a smaller memory interface(196-bit compared to 256-bit), a lower TDP, and launched at almost $100.00 less! I would say that is a win for the consumer, especially those that are gaming at 1080p.

Some may ask, why did you go with PNY? Well, it looked like a good card, they are based in the US, and it was inexpensive. I can’t say cheap.

So there you have it. I know there is a lot of info in here….but information and the exchange of it is what make OCN so popular, and one of my favorite websites.

New arch

Boost 3.0
Power Limit
LED control(the LED is white in bios/red in the OS)(LED Visualizer doesn’t do anything)
not really a con for me, but it might be for others

Spreadsheet Links:

PNY GTX1060 Drivers 378.92.19-373.06

PNY GTX1060 v GTX 970(OC) Averages 376.09-373.06

MSI GTX970 Single v SLI Drivers 376.09-361.910


Results of Stock/OC 1/OC 2 Driver 376.19

Pros Cons
Price/Perf Looks New Arch Cooling Boost nVidia Power Limit


Overall 4

Nvidia GTX 1060 – Performance, overclocking and VR Review

Nvidia GTX 1060 – Performance and Benchmark Results

TrustedReviews has tested all of 2016’s graphics cards, including the Nvidia GTX 1060, on the same system, which represents a fairly typical gaming rig in 2016. It consists of the following components:

  • Motherboard: Asus Z170-Deluxe
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K (not overclocked)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2666MHz, 16GB DDR4
  • Cooler: Corsair H60 liquid cooler
  • PSU: Corsair CX750M
  • SSD: Samsung 850 EVO
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

The Nvidia GTX 1060 is an extremely capable card at Full HD resolutions and delivered well above 60fps in all the gaming benchmarks. In this section, I’m going to focus on 1440p performance, since this is an area where the GTX 1060 and the AMD Radeon RX 480 will go toe-to-toe.

Where relevant, I’ll mention any surprises in the other benchmarks. TrustedReviews tests all games at Full HD and 4K for completeness.

Dirt Rally

Dirt Rally is our easiest benchmark and represents newer games that don’t have the graphics and physics challenges of triple-A titles.

At 1440p, the Nvidia GTX 1060 was a full 12% faster than the RX 480, which is a big news for those looking for a speed bump in slightly less-challenging games. This result was also reflected in the Full HD benchmark, while the RX 480 closed the gap at 4K but remained 8% slower.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a relatively challenging benchmark with plenty of lighting and particle effects, as well as a few physics challenges thrown in.

At 1440p, the Nvidia GTX 1060 did a fine job of keeping frame rates playable, managing an average of 47.6fps – a score that’s nearly 8% faster than the RX 480.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor is one of the more difficult benchmark games we use, and we play it at its highest preset. The benchmark is short but packed with challenging lighting and particle effects, so provides a decent challenge for our benchmark GPUs.

It was here that the RX 480 started to close the gap, sitting just 6.5% slower than the GTX 1060 at 1440p.


The latest instalment of the assassination franchise is a tough ask for GPUs, with lots of NPCs milling around and challenging lighting effects, too. It’s geared towards PCs with AMD GPUs, but it was quite surprising to see the RX 480 pull ahead by a full 9% in the 1440p benchmark; clearly AMD’s optimisation is paying off here. Still, Hitman is an outlier in the general scheme of things.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V is probably our most challenging benchmark, with numerous textures, objects and NPCs to render alongside plenty of explosions, lighting and weather effects. For the GTX 1060 and RX 480, I ran the game at a combination of High and Very High settings with 4x MSAA.

If Hitman was an outlier in AMD’s favour then GTA V is quite the opposite. It achieved an excellent average 1440p frame rate of 59.2fps – a significant 29% faster than the RX 480’s 45.9fps. Both results are more than playable, but the GTX 1060 is definitely the best bet if your main game is GTA V.

3DMark: Fire Strike Ultra

Fire Strike Ultra is far too difficult a benchmark to be considered representative of any particular game, but its ability to completely overwhelm a GPU means that the scores it spits out are generally representative of overall grunt.

The GTX 1060’s score of 2,919 was nearly 11% faster than the RX 480’s 2,638, more or less confirming what you see in the gaming benchmarks.

While Nvidia claims that the GTX 1060 would near-enough match the previous-generation GTX 980, this doesn’t appear to be the case in all but one of our benchmarked games.

The 1060 isn’t far off, but if you have a GTX 980 then you have no reason to upgrade. Plus, if you see a second-hand GTX 980 kicking around online, it’s worth a punt.

Also, a note on power consumpion. Peak power draw from our entire test system during the Hitman benchmark was just 207W, which is a truly awe-inspiringly low power draw. This compares to 249W for the RX 480;  Nvidia has absolutely nailed the efficiency of the 1060. It’s also quiet: only under extreme overclocking did it kick up a fuss, but inside a case it definitely won’t be the noisiest thing in there.

Nvidia GTX 1060 – Overclocking

There’s plenty of headroom for overclocking the GTX 1060 Founders Edition. The cooler may be fairly basic from the outside, but the fan is able to draw in more than enough cool air to allow for a very stable 220MHz overclock, providing a performance boost of around 7% in most games.

Although it’s unlikely that the majority of people will be buying the Founders Edition card, its ability to overclock is important for third-party manufacturers that will be using their own cooler designs and higher-base clock speeds. My testing reveals that third-party cards have the opportunity to be even faster, although how much you’ll have to spend on a pre-overclocked card remains to be seen.

Related: Best Graphics Cards 2016

Nvidia GTX 1060 – VR

The GTX 1060 is a capable VR card, scoring 8.8 in Valve’s rather opaque SteamVR benchmark. In my own testing with Project CARS, which is one of the tougher VR games around, I was able to set the graphics to High and achieve a smooth frame rate with a full grid of cars at a rainy Donington Park. Of course, unlike the GTX 1080, it isn’t able to handle the highest possible settings, but for the money it’s capable enough.

Still, if you’re seriously considering buying a VR headset in the next couple of years, it would be prudent to opt for a higher-end graphics card such as the GTX 1070, just to secure decent performance for future VR titles that might be more graphically challenging.

Watch: Your graphics card questions answered – #AskTrusted


Should I buy the Nvidia GTX 1060?

The GTX 1060 is undeniably a great graphics card, offering plenty of potential for overclocking while also being a capable performer in VR. If you’re looking to spend over £220 on a graphics card then it’s a good choice – but it isn’t a complete no-brainer. The AMD Radeon RX 480 has 2GB more memory than the GTX 1060 for a little less cash, although its overall performance is slightly slower.

For raw power, the GTX 1060 is unmatched at this price. However, it’s actually the 4GB AMD Radeon RX 480 that poses a problem here. Benchmarks point towards the £180 4GB model of the card performing just a couple of percentage points slower than the 8GB model, while also costing £50 less than the GTX 1060.

If you’re happy to spend upwards of £240 on a graphics card, the GTX 1060 is a great choice, but with uncertainty over how much pre-overclocked graphics card from third parties will actually cost, it’s hard to make a definitive recommendation.

The addition of a 3GB model has muddied the water somewhat, giving excellent performance for a significantly lower price. When I get one in for review, I’ll update this conclusion.


A great graphics card for 1440p and VR, but it isn’t the ultimate in value-for-money.

MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Graphics Card Review 2022

MSI (Micro-Star International Co., Ltd), stylized as MSI is a Taiwanese multinational information technology corporation headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. It designs, develops and provides computer hardware, related products and services, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, All-in-One PCs, servers, industrial computers, PC peripherals, car infotainment products, etc.

The company has been a sponsor for a number of eSports teams and is also the host of the international gaming event MSI Masters Gaming Arena (formerly known as MSI Beat IT). The earliest Beat IT tournament can be traced back to 2010, featuring Evil Geniuses winning the championship.

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MSI GTX 1060 Gaming x Review 2022

The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 review is verily the most stunning yet reliable upgrade to get immense gaming experience with fully loaded Game Works by Nvidia itself, latest DirectX 12 API support that came right up with Microsoft Windows 10, Pascal architecture with a tremendous escalation in power to performance ratio, 6GB of GDDR5 memory and 192bit of bus width. Detailed specifications are as below:

  • Graphics processor: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 1,549MHz (1,809MHz boost)
  • Pipeline: 1,280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 48 ROPs
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR5, 8.1GHz effective
  • Bandwidth: 194. 4GB/sec, 192-bit interface
  • Compatibility: DirectX 12, Vulcan, OpenGL 4.5
  • Outputs/Inputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, Dual Link DVI-I, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • Power connections: 1 x 8-pin PCI-E, top-mounted
  • Size: 277mm long, 140mm tall, dual-slot
  • Warranty: Three years
  • Price: Check Price on Amazon

GTX 1060 Packaging and Unboxing:

The MSI Gaming X yields the dual fan and dual slot design so its package is somewhere in between two package size of Asus Strix and Gigabyte Mini. The box is made of cardboard having enlarged Twin Frozr Vi design printed on it and Nvidia’s Pascal series features including VR Works, Nvidia GameWorks, G-Sync & DirectX 12. Gaming X mono and most notable MSI Logo is also printed on fore-side of the box.

Opening the box by cutting the seal on openings on each side, there is another black colored box which slides out and has one side fully exposed. The exposed open side has a black thin box (having “MSI” logo printed on it) inserted. Opening that thin black colored box there is an envelope (having “MSI” logo printed and blended on it) enclosing accessories that have come up with the package. There is a driver & utility disk, MSI Stickers set, manuals and comic kind of user-friendly picture book, full of funky images of setup walkthrough labeled as “Lucky the Dragon Computer Workshop”.

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Putting the thin black colored box out. There is a thin cushioning layer interacted between the GPU placement and the box above it. Beneath the layer there lies the GPU nicely tucked inside a fragile holding foam carved nicely as per the Graphics Card design. The GPU is packed inside the radio resistant wrap with a seal on it.

GTX 1060 Accessories:

Following goodies are provided with the box:

  • Quick Guide
  • A Driver disk
  • Sticker set
  • Setup Walk through comic

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The I/O shield has a cutting-edge design. Following connectivity options are available on this card:

  • 3x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x DVI-D Dual Link

GTX 1060 Gaming X Size:

The GPU’s I/O shield yields two slots of your chassis. With dual fan design, it takes 277mm in length and 140mm in height.

MSI GTX 1060 Design and Build Quality:

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The Twin Frozr VI is the successor of Twin Frozr V which came along with Maxwell architecture. MSI continued by keeping the traditional look and adding up RGB lights that illuminates up the MSI logo as RGB and shards only with red backlit.

MSI MysticLight software is provided with drivers to have a control over the spectrum of lights patterns and colors. It is not cool as Aura which is supported my Asus ROG Strix variant but it still rocks the with the Twin Frozr Vi fluent and sharp design. There is a black matte backplate with an MSI Dragon blended on it.

The build quality is not compromised at all. The Twin Frozr VI is just an add up to it. The material is majestic to touch and graceful to slide fingers on!

There are 5 layers which can also be observed with naked eyes. Starting from the front there are fans and Twin Frozr VI iconic shield. Below it there is a mesh of intellectually designed heatsink. Beneath the heatsink, there is a metallic shield cover. Below it there is the main board and GPU unit. And on the backside, there is a smooth backplate which enrolls in spreading out the temperature.

GTX 1060 Gaming X Testing:

Following test build setup was used to test the performance of the graphics card:

  • Intel Core i5 6600k @ 4.1Ghz
  • Gigabyte Z170-HD3 DDR4
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX LED 8GB @ 3000MHz
  • Antec 650 Watts semi-modular PSU
  • Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS
  • Samsung 2TB HDD
  • Samsung 23″ @1920×1080 60hz
  • Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5

These games are personally tested on the time of review and results are post followed by them:

  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3
  • Grand Theft Auto V Redux + MVGA
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • Doom
  • Gears of war 4
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Just Cause 3
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Need for Speed Payback
  • Mortal Kombat XL
  • Tekken 7
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Vampyr
  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • Injustice 2

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Batman Arkham Knight:

Batman Arkham Knight was played on Ultra presets @1080P, Resultant average FPS are 66 and 41 as a minimum

Call of Duty Black Ops 3:

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 was played on Ultra presets @1080P, Resultant average FPS are 80 and 74 as a minimum

Grand Theft Auto V Redux + MVGA:

Grand Theft Auto V Redux + MVGA was played on Ultra presets with Advanced settings at medium and MSAA X2 @1080P, Resultant average FPS are 57.

Call of Duty: WW2

Call of Duty: WW2 was played on High presets with MSAA max and Ambient Occlusion to HBAO+ @1080P, Resultant average FPS are 62 and minimum are 44.


Doom 2016 was played on ultra presets with Vulcan mode: On @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 78 and 65 as a minimum.

Gears of War 4:

Gears of War 4 was played on ultra presets @1080p, Resultant average FPS are straight 60 and 55 as a minimum.

Forza Horizon 3:

Forza Horizon 3 was played on High to ultra presets setting, Texture to high, MSAA to X8, Shadows to ultra @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 60 & minimum are 47

Just Cause 3:

Just Cause was played on ultra presets with Max AntiAliasing @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 95 and 74 as a minimum.

Need For Speed Rivals:

Need For Speed Rivals was played on ultra presets with  @1440p (Upscaled/Nvidia DSR), Resultant average FPS are straight 60! (FPS Cap)

Need For Speed Payback:

Need For Speed Payback was played on ultra presets with  @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 60 and 51 as a minimum.

Mortal Kombat XL:

Mortal Kombat XL was played on ultra presets @1440p (Upscaled/Nvidia DSR), Resultant average FPS are straight 60! (FPS Cap).

Tekken 7:

Tekken 7 was played on ultra presets @1080 & Resolution Scale at 200, Resultant average FPS are straight 60! (FPS Cap).

Sniper Elite 4:

Sniper Elite 4 was played on ultra presets @1440p, Resultant average FPS are 55 and 52 as a minimum.


Vampyr was played on ultra presets @1080, Resultant average FPS are 66 and 58 as a minimum.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was played on ultra presets @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 77 and 56 as a minimum.

Assassins Creed Origins:

Assassins Creed Origins was played on ultra presets @1080p, Resultant average FPS are 49 and 31 as a minimum.

Injustice 2:

Injustice 2 was played on ultra presets @1080, Resultant average FPS are straight 60! (FPS Cap).

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MSI GTX 1060 Overclocking & Temperature:

GTX 1060 Review has boosted to 1746Mhz out of the box. During my overclocking session with this card, it reached 1.97Ghz boost clock and memory clock up to 2025Mhz with +100MHz on the core clock and the +100MHz on the memory clock.  The temperature hits 45 at idle, 55 during normal rendering and 65-67 as max during the gaming and benchmarking session.

Note: Temperature peaks may vary, relying on physical condition and publisher’s region!

Temperature test was conducted using Furmark V1.13.0.0 and max it could reach with manual overclocked configuration up to 100Mhz. And peak temperature is recorded as 66C only!

It is recommended to not to alter the voltage and power limit if you know nothing about overclocking followed by the instructions given by the product support or overclocking experts.

GTX 1060 Softwares and other Features:

MSI provides a fully customizable approach to the end user, so the user can either overclock the GPU using MSI Afterburner, Change lights color and spectrum patterns using MSI MysticLight or can set clock mode with presets, Turn VR Mode On/Off, enhance colors and turn Zero Frozr method On/Off using MSI Gaming App. All these software are provided in a bundle that has been written into the disk available in accessories.

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Unigine Engine Heaven Benchmark:

Heaven Benchmark is an extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system which checks your rig in stock and overclocking modes with the real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.

The MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G performed beautifully scoring over 68 average FPS and hitting a peak temperature of 66C @ +100 overclocked configuration (Overclocked GPU memory and clocks by 100Mhz using MSI Afterburner), other graphical configurations and results are as follows:

  • MSAA: 8X
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Direct3D: DirectX 11
  • Presets: Ultra
  • Tesselation: Extreme
  • Screen Size: Full-screen
  • Unigine Engine version: 4.0 (Basic Edition)

Without overclocking and running the benchmark on default clock the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G performed slightly slower with an average FPS recorded as 65 @ 66C of peak temperature. Results are as follows.

Unigine Valley Benchmark:

Valley Benchmark is another known performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system which checks your rig in stock and overclocked modes with the real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.

The MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G performed beautifully scoring over 69 average FPS and hitting a peak temperature of 66C @ +100 overclocked configuration (Overclocked GPU memory and clocks by 100Mhz using MSI Afterburner), other graphical configurations and results are as follows:

  • MSAA: 8X
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Direct3D: DirectX 11
  • Presets: Ultra
  • Tesselation: Extreme
  • Screen Size: Full-screen
  • Unigine Engine version: 4.0 (Basic Edition)

Without overclocking and running the benchmark on default clock the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G performed slightly slower with an average FPS recorded as 67 @ 66C of peak temperature. Results are as follows.


I personally reckon this GPU as best amongst the other AAA variants like Asus ROG Strix and Gigabyte Aorus. MSI dragged the perfection without adding molest features to it and reshaped Twin Frozr design to finest and maintained the demand of MSI in the terms of choosing the best in the hassle of other fair looking competitors. If you are a PC charm enthusiast, this revamped GPU might be your first choice. Although there are other superior 3rd party cards in MSI lineup like Lightning, Trio and Sea Hawk but these are for GTX 1070 or better ones.

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MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Review

Written by

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July 29, 2016 | 16:11

Tags: #best-gtx-1060 #gtx-1060 #pascal

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MSI Afterburner allowed us to increase the power limit to 108 percent and the temperature limit to 92°C for maximum headroom. We also put the voltage setting to 100 percent for good measure.

The core proved to be pretty overclocking friendly on our sample. We were able to add 130MHz to the base clock, giving us a speed of 1,724MHz (1,939MHz boost). This an eight percent increase on MSI’s own OC Mode speeds, and a 14 percent increase on reference clocks. It’s also in line with what we saw from the Founders Edition and the Asus GTX 1060 Strix OC.

The memory was stable up to 2.275GHz for an effective speed of 9.1Gbps, a 12 percent boost.

  • Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Strix OC 8GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Nitro 8GB
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming 6G 6GB
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
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  • Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
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  • Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Nitro 8GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1060 Strix OC 6GB
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming 6G 6GB
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  • Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Nitro 8GB
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MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC Product showcase

The MSI GTX 1060 6GT OC is not part of GAMING or ARMOR series. It’s a a new product line aiming at those who want the latest graphics card, but do not necessarily need all the fancy features other models can offer.

The 6G TOC is currently the cheapest GeForce 10 Series model from MSI (with MSRP at 250 USD). Since Founders Edition is now more expensive and limited in terms where  you can buy it, add-in-board partners had the option either to create something similar to Founders Edition, but using cheaper materials, or go completely different way, by designing pretty much the whole graphics card from the scratch.

MSI’s 6GT OC is one of such cards, it has custom dual-fan cooling solution, custom PCB with 4+2 phase design and custom I/O bracket with non-standard display connectors.

You can detach the cooler from the board by removing 4 screws. The heat sink is attached to the shroud with another 4 screws. It takes about 1 minute to take the whole card apart.

I don’t actually remember the last time I saw a graphics card with just one heat pipe:


MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC Specifications

Compared to Founders Edition, we have slightly higher clocks (+38/+50 MHz) on the GPU. This card also has less display connectors than reference design.

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G TOC Specifications
MSI GTX 1060 6GT OC NVIDIA GTX 1060 FE AMD RX 480 HIS R9 390X IceQX2
GPU 16nm FF GP106 14nm FF Polaris 10 28nm Grenada XT
Unified Cores 1280 2304 2816
 Base Clock  1544 MHz  1506 MHz  1120 MHz
Boost Clock 1759 MHz 1709 MHz 1266 MHz  1070 MHz
Memory Clock  2000 MHz 2000 MHz 1500 MHz
Memory Configuration 6GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit 512-bit
Cooler Dual-slot, Dual-fan Dual-slot, Single-fan Dual-slot, Sinle-Fan Dual-slot-Dual-Fan
Display Outputs 1x DisplayPort
1x DVI-D
3x DisplayPort
1x DVI-D
3x DisplayPort
1x DisplayPort
2x DVI
TDP/TBP 120W 120W 150W 275W
Power Connectors 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin, 1x 8pin


You may be wondering why overclocking section is included at the very beginning of this mini-review. Overclocking was actually one of the very first things I tested with this card. That’s because I decided to run all tests with both default and with maximum clocks. I think this is the best way to determine the true potential of this card.

After many efforts to find the most stable clocks, this is what I came up with:

Simply by increasing power limit and temperature limit we get rid of frequency throttling, which can be observed in Fire Strike Stress test after about 4 minutes. We managed to add 175 MHz to the GPU clock, this was the absolute limit of this card. As for the memory, let me remind you that this model has no heat spreaders over memory. It is therefore not recommended to overclock memory. However just for the testing purpose I tried few settings and +200 MHz appeared to be the most stable choice.

It’s worth nothing that there were no artifacts at any clock speed I tested, neither GPU or memory. The GPU driver simply stops working, which leads me to believe that we are hitting a hidden barrier that is neither caused by temperature or power limitations. I guess our sample simply did not want to go any faster.

Such overclocking will give you clock speeds varying from 2113 to 2100 MHz. Judging from FS Stress Test we get stable 2100 MHz. Please note we are using Afterburner’s automatic fan control, which makes card quite noisy.

Stability and thermal testing

GeForce graphics cards featuring GPU Boost 3.0 are all showing the same behavior in synthetic tests. After 3-5 minutes boost clock drops to lower value. So in this part you will learn what is the maximum stable clock in few tests.

The first thing I tested was the fan speed. This was done for the purpose of overclocking, to see what is the maximum fan speed I could tolerate when playing. My room is not really suitable for noise testing, as ambient noise is relatively high (~38 dB). That said you can’t tell you the exact noise level at idle state. It is however lower than what other parts in the system can generate.

Fan testing
50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Fan Speed (RPM)  1520 1830 2130 2440 2730 3000
GPU Temperature (C)  76  72 69 66 65 63
Noise ~20cm (dB) 46 49 53 57 61 65
Noise ~100cm (dB) 39 39  42 44 47 51

The fan has a maximum speed of 3000 RPM. Out-of-the-box experience is rather positive, fan speed never exceeded 1900 RPM, which is still relatively quiet. For overclocking I would recommend 2100+ RPM (~70%), but the acoustic experience will not be just as good. Of course nothing is stopping you from using aftermarket coolers, and in fact I believe this card is perfect for such purpose (but don’t forget to buy memory head spreaders!). For our overclocking testing we were using Afterburner’s built-in fan control, this results in fan speed at around up to 74%.

Thermal testing
  Idle Fire Strike
Stress Test
Fire Strike
Stress Test
Furmark Division
GPU Temperature (C) 28  70 72  70 69 76
Fan Speed (RPM) 1495 1805 1830 1800 1760 1870
Stable Clock Speed (MHz) 177 1898 1911 1670 1934 2100. 5
Memory Clock (MHz) 203  2003 2003 2003  2003 2100.9

Furmark test at stock (default fan profile):

Furmark test with overclocking (Afterburner’s automatic fan control):

Fire Strike Stress Test Stock (left) / Overclocking (right):

Testing platform

Component Model Provided by
CPU Intel Core i7 6800K @ 4200 MHz  
Motherboard ASUS X99-A II  
Memory G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38-2N G.SKILL
Display Yamakasi Catleap Q270  
SSD Samsung 950 Pro M. 2  
GPU MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G TOC (GeForce 368.81) MSI
  HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC (Crimson 16.7.2) HIS


 Performance metrics
HIS R9 390X IceQX2 MSI GTX 1060/
HIS R9 390X
MSI GTX 1060
Synthetic performance
3DMark Fire Strike
(1920×1080, GPU Score)
13300 14232 13111 101% 107% 
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
(2560×1440, GPU Score)
6262  6722 5945 105%  107% 
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
(3840×2160, GPU Score)
3025  3260 2975 102% 108% 
3DMark Time Spy
(2560×1440, GPU Score, Async On)
4132  4456  4048 102% 108%
3DMark Time Spy
(2560×1440, GPU Score, Async Off)
3964  4287  3563  111% 108%
3DMark 11 Performance
17590  19007   18888  93% 108%
3DMark 11 Extreme
5551 6020 4705 118% 108%
Ashes of Singularity
(CRAZY 2560×1440, DirectX 12)
30. 5 32.7 35.8 85%  107%
Unigine Valley
(Extreme HD, FPS)
65.9  69.8 63.0 105% 106%
Gaming performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider
(Very High Settings)
(1920×1080, DirectX11) 79.68 86.30 65.75  121% 108%
(2560×1440, DirectX11)  55.00 58.84  46.93  117%  107%
(1920×1080, DirectX12)
79. 97 85.19  75.95  105%  107%
(2560×1440, DirectX12) 53.28 57.64  51.26  104%  108%
Hitman 2016
(Maximum Preset)
(1920×1080, DirectX11)
77.29 83.17  81.53  90%  108%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 58.93 63.17  64.65  91%  107%
(1920×1080, DirectX12) 75.49  80.54  83.70  90%  107%
(2560×1440, DirectX12) 57. 47  61.46  66.43  87%  107%
The Division
(Ultra Preset)
(1920×1080, DirectX11)
61.60 64.80 56.40 109% 105%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 43.30 49.50 44.20 98% 114%
Rainbow Six Siege
(Ultra Preset)
(1920×1080, DirectX11) 95.20  102.20  90.80  105%  107%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 63. 00  69.80  60.70 104%  111%
Grand Theft Auto 5
(Very High Preset)
(1920×1080, DirectX11) 133.40 139.00 118.20 107%  104%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 90.60 98.00 85.00 107%  108%
Metro Last Light
(Very High, Tessellation High, Physx Off)
(1920×1080, DirectX11) 87.00 98.00  87.00 113%   107%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 62. 00  66.00  58.00  113%  108%
Talos Principle
(Ultra Preset, 4x MSAA)
(1920×1080, DirectX11) 99.60 106.60  109.20  91% 107%
(2560×1440, DirectX11) 69.80  75.40  79.90  87%  108%
(1920×1080, Vulkan) 89.20  98.30  69.10  129% 110%
(2560×1440, Vulkan) 61.70  67.70 42.50   145% 110%

Starting with synthetic performance, we get very close results between GTX 1060 and 390X.

Meanwhile MSI’s 6GT OC lost the battle against 390X in 3DMark11 Performance and Ashes of Singularity.

When it comes to gaming experience I chose few titles that I think are quite popular. In the latest Tomb Raider GTX 1060 offers much better performance in DX11 and FullHD, but once we enable DX12 and increase resolution to 1440p, the difference between GTX1060 and 390X becomes really small.

In Hitman 2016, GTX 1060 is losing in all tests, be it DX11 or DX12. However, by increasing clock speeds we can get almost the same framerate as 390X.

In Division MSI 6G TOC was better at Full HD, but at 1440P it was marginally slower than 390X.

In GTA5, Rainbow Six Siege and Metro Last Light MSI’s card was faster by few percent.

The last title I tested was Talos Principle. Originally I planned to test Doom, but due to lack of time I chose something with built-in benchmark. The results were quite strange. GTX 1060 has worse performance in DX11, while being faster in Vulkan. So completely the opposite of what I expected (judging from Doom’s Vulkan  implementation). However this game is still in beta, so I’m guessing those figures may change when Vulkan gets full implementation in Talos.

My overall impression is positive. As you might have noticed I generally test games at highest preset settings. The Division was the only example where we didn’t get 60 FPS in Ultra preset. What this means is that if you own 60 Hz monitor and you use V-Sync, then this card should be more than enough for you.

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC WhyCry

Performance — 90  %

Cooling and Design — 90  %

Overclocking — 80  %

Price and Bundles — 80  %

Custom PCB
Low temperature at idle
Good price
No 0db fan technology
No memory heat-spreaders
No backplate
Non-standard display connectors


Overclocking the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Surely you have ever been interested in overclocking your video card to the maximum, but at the same time were afraid to put it into practice due to inexperience and fear that your video card will come to an end. In fact, many users think in a similar way when referring to Google or Yandex search engines.

Nevertheless, I would like to tell you that if the overclocking process is carried out correctly, your video card will not deteriorate or burn out.

  • Please note! The most important thing in overclocking is not to increase the voltage. Otherwise, a failure may occur, after which the video card will reset all settings and values ​​to their original values.

So, as you understood from the preface above, in this article we will talk about how to overclock an Nvidia video card. We will talk about a safe and effective way to overclock a video card.

Overclocking the video card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Before starting the overclocking process, I would like to talk about what characteristics can be improved in the process of overclocking the video card.

Overclocking (overlocking) is an increase in the technical characteristics of equipment, a device to improve its performance and perform complex tasks. In our case, this is a video card, so we can overclock two parameters — this is the clock frequency of the GPU and the clock frequency of the memory.

It is worth noting that after overclocking the video card, it is best to replace the power supply with a more powerful one. If, for example, before overclocking, the video card consumed about 350 watts, then after overclocking it is guaranteed to consume about 400-450 watts.

In our example, we will overclock the Nvidia GTX 1060 video card.

  • In the TechPowerUp GPU-Z program, you can see the characteristics of your video card. Our graphics card «NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB» has a GPU base frequency of 1544MHz.
  • Now let’s move on to the direct practice of overclocking. First of all, you need to download and install the following programs:

Download “MSI Afterburner Program” – Downloaded 2184 times – 38 MB

Download “FurMark Program” FurMark_1. 20.1.0_Setup.rar – Downloaded 2062 times – 8 MB

Download “GPU-Z Program” GPU-Z.2.10.0.rar – Downloaded 1808 times – 5 MB

  • After installation of all programs, program shortcuts will appear on the desktop. First you need to open the MSI Afterburner program and then on the gear to open the settings.

  • In the new window, go to the Interface tab and in parameters «User Interface Skin Properties» select «Default MSI Afterburner v3 skin» .
  • After you have changed the user interface of MSI Afterburner, the new interface will look like the picture below.
  • Now you need to increase the slider of parameter «Power Limit» to the maximum. This is necessary in order to increase the power of the video card. In our case, the maximum value was 114. After that, save the changes by clicking on the button «Apply» .
  • After that, you need to pay attention to the parameter «Core Clock» is the frequency of the video core. It is important to overclock in three stages — increasing the frequency, checking the operation of the video card in a stress test, and checking the operation of the video card in demanding games. Note that the slider of parameter «Core Clock» needs to be gradually increased by a value of 35-50 MHz (more does not mean better). Once the slider has been increased, click on the button «Apply» to apply the changes.
  • In the second step, you need to check the operation of the video card in stress tests. You need to test using the FurMark program. Run the FurMark program, set the resolution for your monitor, and then click on the button «GPU stress test» .
  • A new window will appear in which just click on the button «GO!» .
  • After that, the process of testing the video card under stressful conditions will start.

The time for testing should not exceed 15 minutes, as this is enough for your video card to warm up well. The purpose of this test is also to make the video card stop working. It is important to note that nothing will happen to it, and the video card will not burn out, so you should not worry about this.

So, now for overclocking. Let’s say you overclocked the video card to +50 MHz, the stress test was passed successfully, then another +50 MHz was added, the stress test was passed again, and at the next stage of adding, you noticed that distortions of this format began to appear on the desktop and got error «The video driver stopped responding and was successfully restored» — this means that this is the overclocking limit.

  • Now you need to return to the frequency at which the video card was stable and passed the stress test, and try increasing the value in the «Core Clock» parameter by 25 MHz, and then stress test using FurMark. If the test was passed successfully, now we move on to overclocking the next parameter — «Memory Clock» .

Increasing the value of parameter «Memory Clock» must be done in the same way as in the case of parameter «Core Clock» . Just find the threshold value and then save the settings.

Overclocking results for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card

In our case, we managed to increase the clock. memory frequency at 300 MHz, and the graphics processor frequency at 150 MHz. The screenshot below shows the technical characteristics of the video card after overclocking.

What should I do if the video card starts to heat up after overclocking?

If you notice that after overclocking the video card has become very hot, then follow these instructions:

  • Open the MSI Afterburner program, and then click on the button «Settings» .
  • After that, go to the tab «Cooler» and check the box on the parameter «Enable software custom auto mode» .
  • Now you need to increase the cooler rotation speed at critical video card temperatures. We made the following settings:
40% cooler speed up to 20°C
50% cooler speed up to 45°C
cooler speed up to 955°C
Cooler speed 100% at 65°C

After all the manipulations done, you will immediately notice that the performance of your video card has improved significantly. Yes, it is possible that the video card has become more heated, but this is a normal phenomenon, since overclocking implies the operation of the equipment at its limits! Happy gaming sessions!

Video: Overclocking NVIDIA

GeForce GTX 1060 — Dull overclocking and wild undervolting.

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Many consider the 1060 line of video cards to be cold, not requiring undervolting, but this is true only for models with serious CO (abbr. Cooling System), such as ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 or GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING, MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G etc.

There will indeed be 60-65 degrees in silence.

But most 1060s are content with COs with one or two heatpipes or none at all.

As a result, in order to keep temperatures up to 80C, we get a fan roaring at almost 2000 rpm and a vrm zone heated to 90-100C

If we add to this the reduced chip area compared to the previous generation, which causes difficulties with heat dissipation, in general, the 1060 series of cards can hardly be called cold.

MSI GAMING X cold undervolt causes.

A couple of weeks ago I got an MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G. Before that, I puzzled for a long time what to take — RX 480 or GTX 1060?

But, the unstable ruble, the traditional increase in prices for the «Comp for Study» period and the absence of non-reference RX 480 models on sale have simplified the choice.

Works quietly, does not heat up, it seems that you can calm down and calmly play The Witcher 3, as one small “But” appeared.

I like silence, there are only three low-speed fans 140 mm in size, 600-750 rpm in the case.

And after installing a fairly large video card, the air flow in the case changed, a large and hot (about 65 degrees) backplate increased the temperature of the nearby HDDs by 3-4 degrees. The processor also added 5-7 degrees.

It seems to be a trifle, but when you get used to silence and cold iron, it’s annoying.

The previous, rather hot GTX 760, was easily made quiet and cold with the help of undervolting, not only by lowering the voltage, but also forcing it to work in overclocking. 1280 MHz at 1.075 V gave a TDP of about 120 watts and a temperature of about 60 degrees in silence.

Today I will try to do it with the GTX 1060, besides, nvidia left us little maneuver in this line in terms of overclocking, squeezing all the juice out due to a very efficient boost technology, but I wonder how the card is already «squeezed out» in terms of heat dissipation.

I won’t forget overclocking either, we’re on

It’s also interesting what kind of gain will be given by overclocking video memory at 1080p resolution, on my already not very fast system, where a more powerful processor would allow this video card to give out more FPS.

At the same time, let’s look at the contribution of memory overclocking to heating and power consumption.

So let’s get started.

Test stand:

Processor: Intel Core i5-4670
Cooler: Zalman 10X Performa
Motherboard: ASUS H87-PLUS
RAM: Kingston DDR3 16 Gb 1600MHz (4x4Gb)
Video card: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
VERTEX3 120 GB + bunch of HDD
Chassis: Fractal Design Define R4, 700 rpm fans. The side cover is closed.
PSU: Chieftec CFT-700-14CS, 600 rpm fan.
Monitor: 27″ Iiyama ProLite XB2783HSU

Operating system: Windows 7 x64.

Video driver:
368.95 , not the first freshness, but 372.54 had problems with high

GPU frequency when watching youtube, and I won’t install the latest one yet, I’ll wait until the shoals come out.

Main tool for voltage management —
MSI Afterburner 4.3.0 Beta 14 .

Older versions do not allow you to control the voltage at 1060. And EVGA PrecisionX 16 is terribly inconvenient, so I’ll risk installing the beta version.

For monitoring
HWiNFO64 5.34 , which measures the consumption of video cards quite accurately and can display readings together with MSI AB on the screen in the OSD.

It’s a pity there is no wattmeter, but even the most skeptical readers about software measurements will see a decrease in the heat pack simply by the temperature of the GPU.

To begin with, let’s fix the fan speed for the acceleration time for
constant 55% rpm (1370 rpm) , this will allow you to evaluate the effect of voltage reduction on temperature and avoid overheating of the power system and memory during overclocking.

Power and memory on this model are cooled by a common aluminum plate and, although according to the measurements of the members of the forum, the temperatures are quite tolerable, it is better to play it safe.

For continuous operation, the rpm will be about 700-1000 rpm but, in the case of 1060, you need to remember that the chip is very sensitive to temperature fluctuations in frequency. And the results of overclocking and undervolting should be rechecked in different temperature conditions.

I also recommend setting the Zero Frozr function using MSI AB to operate at lower temperatures than set in the BIOS, my video card fans start at 45C.

Zero Frozr is definitely good in terms of reducing noise, reducing fan wear and dusting of the graphics card, but in terms of heating, there are two points of view, one is to reduce the temperature difference between idle and warm state.

Another — focusing only on chip heating causes short-term overheating of the vrm zone and memory when the fans stop.

We will load the video card using
The Witcher 3 , which is very good at revealing GPU overclocking instability,
Rise of the Tomb Raider , one of the few games so far that easily eats up more than 6 gigs of video memory (to check it in overclocking) and
3DMark Fire Strike to evaluate the gain from overclocking in synthetics.

Part 1. Memory overclocking.

Why do I start with memory? Because its overclocking will limit the subsequent overclocking of the GPU, which you will see below. Many 1060s have pretty tight power limits.

In my case, the 1060 GAMING X has a large headroom, but the memory impact on overclocking is still there.

The overclocking process itself is extremely simple, we increase the memory frequency in MSI AB, while looking for artifacts in games. Rise of the Tomb Raider at maximum settings proved to be a very good test for this, in The Witcher 3 everything is stable up to
+ 820 MHz in memory, but here artifacts appeared already on
+ 790 MHz .

Rolling back to
+760 MHz just in case and we get the frequency in
9528 MHz . A solid increase from the factory 8000 MHz, the throughput has increased
from 192.2 GB/s to 228.7 GB/s .

For example, the GTX 1060’s main rival, the RX 480, has 256 GB/s. They almost caught up, at the same time they overtook the veterans — the competitors of the GTX 970 and GTX 980.

Now let’s see how memory overclocking will affect games without GPU overclocking.

Rise of the Tomb Raider increased from 33 to 36 fps,
+9% .

In The Witcher 3 from 47 to 50 fps,
+6% .

Just as you can see from the screenshots, power consumption and temperature are growing by a couple of degrees.

The measurement was carried out in a static picture, in the game, without moving the mouse, the memory profiles were switched from overclocking to default.

So, there is an increase, but is it worth the candle? When we get to GPU overclocking, we’ll see

how much memory overclocking will limit it.

Part 2. Undervolting, or reduce the operating voltage of the video card.

Most of the non-reference GTX 1060 models almost constantly keep the frequency in

heavy games between 1900 and 2000 MHz, at a voltage of 1050 mV — 1063 mV.

You can even call it the real default frequency.

Attention! A more accurate and stable tuning of the frequency / voltage curve is described in the supplement at the end of the article!

Our task is to lower the voltage as much as possible while keeping the frequency in this range. Open the MSI AB window and press Ctrl + F. The «Frequency/Voltage Curve Editor» window opens.

It turned out to be more convenient for me to choose the voltage, and then look at what frequencies the video card can work on it.

For the conditional “default frequency”, this turned out to be a voltage of only
875 mv!
That is, the video card was able to operate at a voltage 18% lower than the nominal voltage in its normal mode .

Let’s see how this affects temperatures and power consumption in one of the heaviest games — The Witcher 3.

As you can see,
consumption dropped from 113-120 watts to 77-80 watts ! The temperature dropped from 58 degrees to 50.

Frequency even higher than default boost —
1987 MHz vs 1936 MHz!
Amazing result, I’ve been doing undervolting for a long time, but I’ve never been able to achieve such a decrease in supply voltage without loss of performance.

I foresee that many will laugh at such enthusiasm, because the video card is already cold from the very beginning, but, let me remind you, it is in a quiet PC, which can now be made almost silent. Even caught up in TDP with my 2nd video card, «plug», R7 250X.

And the performance of the GTX 980 level with a consumption of 80 watts of a video card was only achieved with the release of a new generation of volta.

Let’s continue to «underestimate». We translate an additional slider
power limit in — 50% . Now our goal is to get the coldest possible card.

875 mV there are only 3 voltage steps, the initial
800 mv , for the convenience of editing the curve, I took
813 mv .

At the same fan speeds (let me remind you, they are fixed for all tests) at this voltage, we managed to achieve stability at
1848 MHz , total consumption
62 watts temperature
46 degrees .

In principle, with this TDP, you can already try to completely turn the PC into passive, which I do by first opening the side cover and stopping the case and processor fans (i5 4670 under Performa tolerates this quite calmly).

I’m not a fan of passive cooling, but for the sake of completeness of the experiment, it’s worth a try.

The temperature begins to rise, stabilizing at
68 degrees , while the frequency gradually drops to
1569 MHz .

Impressively, The Witcher 3 plays with pretty good performance on an almost passive computer. There was only a fan in the PSU at 600 rpm.

FPS dropped from 45-55 to 40, but these are ultra settings.

For me personally, 68 degrees is already a lot, so I did not test this mode for a long time. I note that lowering the memory frequency will help to throw off another 3-5 degrees.

By the way, with default fans, this model worked in passive mode in many games where the load was below 80%.

Even in GTA 5, where my percent could not load it above 85%.

But I do not recommend this mode, especially in summer. The temperatures of memory and batteries will be much higher than those of the GPU — memory chip failure is not uncommon.

Part 3. Overclocking to «permanent» and the impact of the memory frequency on the frequency of the GPU.

As it turned out later, with a rough adjustment of the frequency / voltage curve, overclocking turns out to be “corn”, that is, at a frequency of 2200 MHz, the performance is lower than at the correct setting and a frequency of 2100 MHz.
Read about the correct curve setting in the appendices at the end of the article!

Let’s move on to the most boring part. Why boring?

For two reasons, firstly, the performance gain of the 1060 from overclocking is quite small, which has already been sorted out in a bunch of tests on the Internet.

Secondly, again, judging by the reviews and tests of the owners, 2200 MHz is the ceiling even for good specimens. So there’s not much to hope for, at a low price

, the “default” voltage is already almost 2 GHz, and an increase of 100-150 MHz will not make the weather.

Therefore, in order not to strain the video card and nerves too much, I will try to make the “standard” overclocking for 1060 at 2100-2150 MHz and combine it with memory overclocking. Since, IMHO, this is the bottleneck of the 1060.

I increase the power limit to a maximum of 108%, I select a safe voltage (
1031 mv ) and start searching for a stable frequency.

I have not written before, but this search when the voltage changes does not always end with a game or driver crash, in 50% of cases the computer freezes, with a crackling sound familiar to all overclockers, or reboots.

Therefore, before all these experiments, I made an image of the system disk and disconnected unnecessary HDDs.

I’ve had cases of file system breakage in such cases.

After 5 sorties and 3 hang-ups, I find a stable frequency in
2139 MHz at 1030 mV.
First without memory overclocking.

Now we try to overclock the memory and immediately get crashes and instability.

For complete stability, you have to roll back to
2114 MHz .

Let’s see what we got in terms of temperatures and power consumption —
116 watts
on 2114/9528 MHz and 101 watts on 2139/8000
. The temperatures are the same.

The performance, in the case of overclocked memory, is higher than that of a simply overclocked chip, which was to be expected.

In The Witcher 3, the gain is only 2 fps, compared to the mode without memory overclocking, but with a slightly higher gpu frequency, or 4% of 50, but, often in reviews, such a meager difference is used to award victory to one or another video card.

In terms of energy consumption and temperature, we remained within the normal default boost at 1936 MHz. So this is a “free” overclocking that does not affect either the heating, or the resource of the video card, or the increase in power consumption.
In terms of growth compared to default, Rise of the Tomb Raider is also not a miracle

happened and the fps counter is spinning around 35 fps.

Part 4. Practical benefits.

This experiment showed that the GTX 1060 has a very large potential for voltage reduction in normal boost mode, in the range of 1900-2000 MHz. And, since the increase from overclocking is small, it makes sense to spend this potential on lowering the GPU voltage, and not on “corn” overclocking to 2200 MHz.

Of course, each card will give its own result, which can only be verified in practice, since we cannot see the quality of the chip (asic quality) in GPU-Z now.

But, assuming an average TDP drop of 30-50 watts, this makes sense for those who love silence. Or in the summer heat, on models with simple cooling, especially turbine.

Owners of the «Mini» 1060 models with simple aluminum cooling without heatpipes will benefit the most.
As I wrote above, and showed on the screenshots of work in passive mode with a temperature of 68 degrees, even temperatures below 70 already cause a sharp drop in boost frequencies.

Therefore, for such models, especially in Mini-ITX cases, undervolting is what the doctor ordered.

And even a Chinese 400-watt noname PSU should pull the card in this mode.

Don’t forget that reducing the overall consumption of the PC also offloads the power supply. Which will also give more silence and less heating of the PSU.

And most importantly, with the money saved from paying electricity bills, you can buy a couple of bottles of beer a year)

Thank you for spending time on my debut opus on the «Personal Pages», good overclocking and cold cards everyone!

Update as of September 16, 2016

More precise tuning of the voltage/frequency curve
without loss of performance .

Thanks for the tip
Bumbr and
Olegdjus .

Important! If we adjust the curve with a sharp rise in points, as in the screenshots in the article, we lose about 5% of productivity.
Frequencies are obtained «corn», not corresponding to reality.

Firstly, when adjusting the curve, you need to keep the temperature of the card in the gaming area, the test from GPU-Z is suitable for this. We press the sign «?» in the GPU-Z window and a small test opens, which warms up the card and at the same time allows you to accurately see the frequency in the boost. Or you can run it in the heaven benchmark window.

But the best way for me was to run The Witcher 3 as a very heavy and loading game even minimized, without vsync and frame caps.

And the process turns out like this — launch the Witcher, load the save and minimize it. We adjust the curve, deploy the Witcher again and leave it to check the stability, while looking at the msi ab monitoring.

All this is required due to the fact that the curve can «float» with too large a temperature difference, if it is configured when the video card is idle and not warmed up.

Secondly, the manipulations are carried out using the frequency slider on the main window of MSI AB!

For example, I need to make a video card work at a frequency of 2050 MHz with a voltage of 1000 mV. I open MSI AB, reset the settings with the «reset» button at the bottom of the main window.

Open the frequency/voltage editor by pressing «Ctrl+F»

Now, having selected with the mouse a point on the curve corresponding to a voltage of 1000 mV, use the frequency slider in the main window of MSI AB to set the frequency to 2050 MHz (see the frequency in the curve editor window)

After that, as described above, all voltage points above 1000 mV are carefully set to a frequency of 2050 MHz, and the point at which the video card never goes (1075 mV) is set higher in frequency.

Now one more nuance, voltage points up to 1000 mV can be lowered in frequencies lower, for stability.

Otherwise, you may encounter bsod and driver crashes at low temperatures and loading the video card in 2D, while watching a movie or YouTube. But there is a chance for even a small change in the curve to the left of the maximum operating point to get a small loss in performance. In principle, it is no longer critical and not noticeable to the eye.

Recently, having carefully tested the video card in certain undervolt modes, I stopped omitting the dots on the left.

As a result of checking the setting, I get 10423 points in 3D Mark Fire Strike at 2050 MHz and 1000 mV and 10403 points at 2050 MHz and standard voltage.

Curve setup example for 2050 MHz operation at 1000 mV.

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Overclocking Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Hello everyone! As you can understand from the title of the article, today I will continue the topic of overclocking (overclocking) of hardware and this time we will overclock the video card (if you are not familiar with my last article on overclocking the processor, then I strongly recommend that you read it.

I would like to make a reservation right away that at the request of the admin, this article is written in great detail, especially for ordinary users, those who want to get the most out of their electronic friend. The information in the article is completely safe and the topic of extreme overclocking, which is associated with an increase in voltage and an upgrade in cooling on the video card , I have not considered it yet.I will only tell you about the simplest and most elementary overclocking, minimum effort — maximum result!0003

So, first, as usual, a little introduction regarding overclocking. As I wrote earlier, overclocking is a forced increase in the characteristics of equipment to increase its efficiency. In the case of a video card, its power directly depends on two parameters: the clock frequency of the GPU and the clock frequency of the video memory . It is them that we will try to disperse today.

I would like to say a separate word about power and power supply. The video card is the most voracious component of the PC in terms of power consumption. If in the case of overclocking the processor, its power consumption remains virtually at the same level, then with the video card the situation is exactly the opposite, power consumption, although not by much, increases (it is difficult to name specific numbers, it all depends on the model and overclocking potential of your video card). Hence the conclusion follows that the power supply is needed somewhat more powerful than stated in the recommendation for the vidyuhi. For example, for my card (name in the header), the recommended power supply is 400 watts. After overclocking, I need a 450 or even 500 watt unit.

I am often asked: Can a video card burn out during overclocking?

Answer: No, unless you increase the voltage applied to the GPU. In the event of a failure, the card will simply reset all frequencies to base values ​​and continue to work.

Another question that I think needs to be cleared up before starting: why do video cards from different manufacturers operate at different frequencies and cost differently, since they are all from Nvidia? The overall picture here is as follows. One of the directions of Nvidia is the development and creation of graphics processors. Other companies such as MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, Zotac, Palit, etc., usually buy a ready-made video card developed by Nvidia and modify it at their discretion. Someone lowers the core clock frequency, someone, on the contrary, overclocks, someone changes the connectors for connecting an output device (monitor), someone makes other modifications. As a result, we get that the same video card model can cost differently and work at different base frequencies. This leads to the conclusion that overclocking is a purely individual matter and depends specifically on your modification.

In my case, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is from MSI and runs at base frequencies of 1544 MHz.

Characteristics of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card in the GPU-Z program, as we can see the default frequency of the graphics chip is 1544 MHz.

I immediately warn you that your actions in your particular case may differ from mine, but in general, the general principles that will be discussed further are the same, regardless of the circumstances.

Now that we have dealt with all the issues, we can get down to business and for this, we need 3 programs: GPU-Z — a program for monitoring all indicators of a video card, MSI Afterburner — a program for overclocking a video card and any benchmark. Benchmarks — a category of programs for testing PC performance under stress. In my case it will be Furmark.

Download links.




Download and install all programs.

First of all, open MSI Afterburner and change its design to the old one (in my opinion, more convenient and visual).

Go to Settings.

Go to Interface > UI Skin Properties and select Default MSI Afterburner v3 skin.

After the performed operations, the program window will look as follows.

As I wrote above, we will overclock two parameters: the clock frequency of the graphics chip and the clock frequency of the video memory. Moreover, it is worth doing this separately, in order to understand in the event of a failure what the actual reason is. Oh yes, before overclocking, be sure to increase the power of the video card. Move the «Power Limit» slider to the maximum and click «Apply», in my case up to the mark of 114%.

Now the most important thing. Video core frequency. The overclocking itself is divided into 3 parts: increasing the frequency, checking the system in a stress test and checking the stability directly in the game.

Let’s go in order. Increasing the frequency should be done slowly and carefully, I recommend adding 40-50 Mhz to the “Core Clock” parameter initially. So, add 50 and accept the changes.

Next, the second stage: run the FurMark program that we downloaded earlier, set the monitor resolution and run the stress test.


I recommend running a stress test for at least 10-15 minutes to allow the graphics card to warm up. At this stage, no matter how strange it may sound, our goal is to ensure that the graphics driver stops working, do not worry, nothing will happen to the video card, in this case it will simply reset the frequency to the base one and continue to work correctly. Now I will explain. For example, you added 50Mhz to your base frequency, ran a stress test, everything is stable. Then they added 50 again, again a stress test, again stable. Another 50 and the graphics driver refused to work correctly, or artifacts appeared on the screen.

But that’s what we wanted. And they achieved it because it is a kind of starting point in the opposite direction. The fact is that the video card thus signals us that it cannot cope with such a high frequency and that it needs to be lowered. We return to the frequency at which the chip gave out stable operation, and we add not 50, but 20 Mhz. Run the stress test again. If there are no problems, add a little more, test again. That is, the whole point is to catch the exact, maximum possible frequency value at which the system will work stably and correctly under load. After you «caught» this value, and the video card works without interruptions even under stressful conditions, I recommend running it in the game as well, because the test does not always reflect the real state of affairs regarding overclocking. Moreover, the game should be chosen one that will load your video chip on 90-100% and warm very well. Play for an hour or two. After running in a video game, two options are possible again, either everything is stable or not. As you may have guessed in the first case, the frequency should be increased further, in the second, lowered. You need to continue these dances with a tambourine until you find the very «golden threshold» of the frequency.

After you have found the threshold value for the frequency of the graphics chip, we do the same with the frequency of the video memory (Memory Clock).

In my case, I increased the memory frequency by 300Mhz, and the frequency of the GPU core (GPU Clock) by 150Mhz. We go into GPU_Z and see what happened in the end:

The initial frequency of the GPU core (Default Clock) was 1544MHz and became (GPU Clock) 1694MHz, that is, it increased by 150MHz.

Video card memory frequency (Memory) increased from 2002MHz to 2152MHz and under load even up to 2300 MHz.

I want to say right away that these values ​​are not the maximum allowable for my video card model, since its power is currently enough for my needs.

If you start to notice that the video chip is getting very hot, you should increase the cooler speed, but do not turn the slider to the maximum. This is done in the same Afterburner.

«Settings» (Settings)


Check the box «Enable software custom auto mode» and right-click with the left mouse button to add the speed of the video card cooler depending on the temperature.

After such a long and difficult work done, we are rewarded with a video card that works at the limit of its capabilities thanks to «safe» overclocking.

That’s all, I hope the article was useful to you! check the video card for performance

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Overclocking the GTX 1060.

Program for overclocking the video card

Every year a large number of video cards appear, which are becoming popular not only for work systems, but also for gaming computers. It’s been a long time since the GTX 1060 came out. Overclocking of modified versions has been varied.

About the video card

Nvidia is famous for periodically releasing video cards that can fill the gaps in a particular segment. This happened with the GTX 1060. This model was released as an update to outdated GPUs.

Although the previous GTX 1050 Ti was based on a 14nm processor, the new model used the technology a little worse. However, overclocking the GTX 1060 has huge potential. The model is considered an efficient GPU for mining.

Before considering several modifications, it is important to understand what the reference version of this model turned out to be.

Specifications GTX 1060

This model is built on Pascal architecture, has a memory speed of 8 GHz per second, relative frequency of video memory is 1. 4 X. The video card received an actual frequency of 1708 MHz.

It was assumed that the model will be produced in 2 variations. Viduha 6 GB has 1280 CUDA cores, video memory — GDDR5 with a capacity of 6 GB and a frequency of 1708 MHz. The 3 GB video card is equipped with 1024 CUDA cores.

Since overclocking the GTX 1060 for mining is often considered, the hash rate is important. It should be noted right away that the 3 GB model is definitely not suitable for Ethereum mining. This is because the 3 GB capacity cannot store the ever-growing special files for mining. The only thing you can do is try to create ZCash.

But the 6 GB version is perfect for this process. The model has good basic cleanliness, although the overclocking potential is very high. For example, unlike the GTX 1050 Ti, for this model it will be possible to raise the frequencies much higher.


It just so happened that the overclocking of the GTX 1060 3Gb video card is less relevant than the older version of the model. Even if you do not take into account the mining itself, popular computer games require more and more space. Leading manufacturers are trying to develop video cards that would have more than 4 GB of video memory.

As always, following Nvidia, having received the reference version, manufacturers begin developing modified video card models. Non-reference devices appear over the next year and fight for the right to be the first. As always, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Palit stand out among the leaders.

Product from Asus

The Asus GTX 1060 came in several variations. The difference could be noticed not only in the technical characteristics, but also in the design of the model. Despite the fact that NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 appeared back in 2016, the company introduced an updated version a year later. Therefore, after the reference version, its modification from Asus appeared.

The manufacturer does not change its traditions and still puts new models in branded boxes. This video card was delivered in a compact cardboard box, designed in the style typical for the manufacturer.

On the front side of the package, as always, fit the main characteristics of the model. Immediately you could see that the viduha has factory overclocking. On the back of the box, the manufacturer placed photos of the model, as well as a description of the features and technologies.

Nothing special to find inside the package. Here, in addition to the device itself, there is a DVD with drivers and software, as well as installation instructions.

Asus exterior

Since the Asus GTX 1060 is an expensive graphics card, the exterior has been well done. Before us is a two-slot model, which is covered with a protective cover on top and bottom. Despite the usual trends from this company, for some reason this model did not fall into the «owl» series. Although the fan shroud itself is very similar to the famous image of a bird.

On the reverse side, the board is covered with a metal plate, which protects not only the textolite, but also the batteries. A large radiator with heat sink tubes is hidden under the casing. There are 5 connectors on the interface board, including DVI-D, a pair of HDMI version 2.0, and a pair of DisplayPort. Next to the ports fit a radiator grill, through which a partial output of heated air takes place.

Specifications Asus

This model is practically no different from the reference version. It is made according to the 16-nm process technology, the crystal area is 200 mm square, and the number of transistors is 4400 million. Since we already have an overclocked version, the frequency of the GPU is 1595 MHz against 1506 reference. In Boost mode, this figure rises to 1810 MHz.

Due to the factory overclocking of Asus GTX 1060, the theoretical maximum speed of rendering and texture sampling also increased. The frequency of the video memory has also increased by 12%. Now it is 9028 MHz.

It’s a nice bonus that this model turned out to be 300 g lighter. However, the increase in frequency turned out to be a nice bonus. For overclocking, we increased the power limit by 113%, and raising the temperature to a maximum of 92 degrees. As a result, the processor accelerated by 110 MHz, and the video memory — by 730 MHz.

1920 MHz turned out to be stable. Although, according to monitoring data, it was possible to overclock up to 2050 MHz. But in this case, perhaps, there would be failures in the operation of the video card.

During overclocking, the cooling system also performed well, raising the temperature by only 2 degrees.


As always, MSI is ahead of the curve. After the release of the GTX 1060, this manufacturer immediately developed its improved modification called the Gaming X 6G. From the name it is clear that this model comes with a video memory of 6 GB.

MSI, as always, pleases fans with its bright boxes. This model was also placed in a red package with the already familiar graphic elements. On the front there is an image of the model itself, as well as its main characteristics.

Appearance of MSI

It turned out to be a pleasant bonus that the developer did not worsen this version, just because it has less video memory than a more powerful solution. Despite the fact that the board itself is simple, and the model has low power consumption, the company decided not to touch the cooling system and not to simplify it.

Textolite is blocked by a radiator, which, in turn, is protected by a casing. It is made in red and black, has built-in fans. The total length of the card is about 28 cm.

We also decided to protect the textolite and batteries with a metal plate on the back. In addition to standard holes and bolts, the company logo and the famous dragon are displayed here. In the corner you can see the power connector for 8 pins.

There are five ports on the interface panel. Usually one DVI, HDMI and 3 DisplayPort is enough for the user.

Specifications MSI

The video card operates at a base core frequency of 1595 MHz, and in Boost mode 1810 MHz. Video memory has a speed of 8.1 GHz. If you use proprietary software from MSI, then this frequency configuration will be displayed in OC Mode. Some models can immediately function in the Gaming Mode profile. In it, the frequencies can be increased up to 1570/1785 MHz.

The proprietary application also has Silent Mode, which operates at frequencies of 1507/1722 MHz.

Overclocking MSI

Overclocking MSI’s GTX 1060 turned out to be quite potential. In order for the indicators to be objective, it is important to conduct testing in Silent mode. As a result, it was possible to raise the Boost performance to 2126 MHz. Viduha coped with all the difficult tests at this frequency, but still there were failures. Therefore, in order to bring the work to stability, we had to lower the frequencies to 2101 MHz.

Of course, the speed turned out to be good, but in fact the increase was only 13%. The best result was achieved when working with video memory. Its frequency was increased by 19%, get the value 9548 MHz.

To ensure stable overclocking of MSI’s GTX 1060 6Gb, the fan speed had to be kept at 1300 rpm. The cooling system coped well with this: it did not make unnecessary noise, and the temperature did not rise to critical levels.


As the market analysis shows, a modification from this company is always a little cheaper than from Asus or MSI. But that doesn’t mean they’re worse. Gigabyte also worked with the reference version of the GeForce GTX 1060. The overclocking of this modification is not bad. But first things first.

The video card is delivered in a branded box from the manufacturer. From the front, the user is attracted by a bright graphic design and an indication of the main technologies of this model.

Appearance Gigabyte

GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC 6G belongs to a series of video cards that are equipped with a proprietary cooling system. Therefore, the appearance resembles previously released models. The video card received small dimensions, its length does not exceed 22 cm. The textolite covers the radiator, on top of which there is a two-slot casing.

The reverse side of the textolite is also protected by a plastic plate. In the corner there is a 6-pin power port. Four ports fit on the interface panel. Among them there is one HDMI, DisplayPort and a pair of DVI-D

Characteristics Gigabyte

The processor is equipped with 1280 CUDA cores, and 6 GB are filled with 6 chips from Samsung. Overclocking the GTX 1060 from Gigabyte is necessary because the card runs out of the box at a base frequency of 1506 MHz. Although there is evidence that it has been increased to 1557 MHz. In Boost mode, the default value is applied. Video memory runs at 8 GHz.

By installing proprietary software, you can manage the program parameters. Looking at the application settings, you can see that the initial configuration corresponds to the Gaming Mode. You can turn on the accelerated mode, then the frequency will increase to 1582 MHz.

If this model is loaded, it will turn on the Boost mode, and the speed will increase by 300 MHz.

Overclocking Gigabyte

Overclocking GTX 1060 6Gb from Gigabyte turned out to be average. Someone was outraged that the frequencies could not be raised at all. Although, given the cost of this modification, it was not worth waiting for a significant increase. The base frequency was raised by 100 MHz, and in Boost mode — up to 2063 MHz.

In this case, again, the video memory succumbed to overclocking better. It was overclocked to 9410 MHz.

For the improvement process to be stable, it was necessary to set the fan speed to 65%. As a result, the temperature did not exceed 78 degrees. It is believed that when buying additional cooling, you can still increase the frequency.

Overclocking software

Almost every manufacturer of a modified video card offers additional software. Some software helps with overclocking the GTX 1060 for mining, but most are for simple frequency tuning.

Still the most popular software is MSI proprietary software. Afterburner easily handles overclocking Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and other video cards. And it doesn’t matter at all what manufacturer your modification is from.

MSI Afterburner works with models from Nvidia and AMD, has a constantly updated interface and simple operation. The program immediately displays the possibility of overclocking.

GTX 1060 3gb overclock msi afterburner


  1. Specifications for GeForce GTX 1060
  2. Instructions for overclocking with MSI Afterburner
  3. Thermal features in Msai Autoburner
  4. Final results

How to overclock GTX 1060 3Gb with MSI Afterburner? This question is of interest to many users who want to improve the performance of the system they are using. In practice, you can easily increase the performance of your Nvidia GeForce graphics card by making a number of tweaks to the settings. Of course, this will give some advantages in games. Since not everyone has an idea of ​​​​the order in which this task is performed, it is necessary to analyze all the most important points here.

GeForce GTX 1060 specifications

Before disassembling overclocking for this device, you must take into account the fact that such actions can lead to a quick failure of the component. Also, it is first recommended to analyze the main technical characteristics of iron, namely:

  1. There is only one video chip here.
  2. The technological process takes place within 16 nanometers.
  3. The device operates at a nominal frequency of 1569megahertz.
  4. If necessary, the graphics card delivers 1809 megahertz in turbo mode.
  5. 1280 universal processors are provided.
  6. There are 80 built-in texture units.
  7. 48 rasterization blocks are available to the user.
  8. The maximum temperature at which the device operates is 94 degrees Celsius.

Also, do not forget that as many as 6 gigabytes of video memory are preinstalled here, which in total gives a fairly high performance, however, for some modern users, this amount is not enough to fully enjoy the games.

Important! You must understand that 94 degrees Celsius is the maximum operating temperature of the device, and after overclocking, it must also not be exceeded, otherwise the component will fail very quickly.

Instructions for overclocking with MSI Afterburner

To speed up this component, you can use the corresponding plugin that allows you to change settings. The procedure itself looks like this:

  • First of all, you run the utility on your computer;
  • the next step, you have to go to the program settings;
  • here you note «Overclocking range enhancement»;
  • after that you need to go back to the main menu of the application;
  • shift to the maximum «GPU Voltage» and «Power Target»;
  • gradually change the «GPU Boost Clock» value from 35 to 50 megahertz;
  • The “Memory Clock” parameter must be increased to the maximum by gradually moving the slider to the limit value, and conducting a test.

Upon completion of this procedure, you will also need to change the available cooling settings to prevent the fixture from overheating due to the increased load during operation.

Important! Be sure to consider the process of additional cooling for the video card, which will also significantly extend the life of the device, and also increase performance.

Temperature features in Msai Autoburner

As mentioned earlier, it is very important for the user to provide the correct settings and order for cooling the device so that it does not work at its limit under load. In practice, the following salient features can be distinguished here:

  1. for older hardware, an auxiliary cooling cooler may be required;
  2. if you plan to extend the service life of the video card, then you should not set the settings to the maximum;
  3. during testing, you will have to pay special attention to increasing the operating temperature;
  4. also do not forget about the auxiliary cooling options that can be applied to work after overclocking;
  5. increase the power gradually to find the optimal mode of operation of the device;
  6. during acceleration, the temperature must not be allowed to exceed the maximum mark for a long time;
  7. The operation of the device at the limit parameters can be significantly extended if you set the optimal conditions for cooling.

Immediately after you install all the changes, it is recommended to conduct scheduled testing under maximum load, for this you will have to download the appropriate software in order to track all relevant indicators for a specific time period.

Important! Constant monitoring of the temperature of the video card will allow you not only to extend its service life, but also increase performance, which is very important when interacting with heavy games and programs.

Total figures

Of course, users should not prepare for doubling the power, as this is simply impossible, given the limits laid down by the developers. In addition, a lot here depends on the additional hardware that is installed on your device. As a rule, when using this software, you will be able to achieve acceptable indicators of power increase by 15-25 percent, which in today’s realities is not as much as many would like. However, if we take into account that we are talking about sufficiently tenacious and productive GeForce video cards, then we can say with confidence that such a course of action is an excellent alternative for buying new equipment. Here you don’t have to spend extra money, except perhaps for the purchase of a cooler, but on the other hand, you will get a noticeable increase in performance. Also, given all these points, do not forget that due to the increase in power, the video card and the entire computer as a whole will begin to consume noticeably more energy.

Important! Manufacturers never set the performance of the equipment to the maximum, leaving a small threshold for possible overclocking, however, actions to increase power must be done carefully, as this reduces the life of the device.

Given the rather high cost of modern video cards, many users will prefer overclocking hardware rather than purchasing a new component. In practice, this is quite possible, since device manufacturers initially provide an additional resource to increase power. However, here you need to act very carefully so as not to lead the situation to an accelerated failure of the device, which will subsequently also encourage you to purchase a new additional component due to the breakdown of the old mechanism. We remind you that you can download Msai Autoburner on our website via a direct link.

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB video card in mining

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NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB graphics card is great for mining. Next, we will select the optimal overclocking parameters for mining on NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB. Let’s find out which drivers to use most correctly and efficiently. Let’s look at the main characteristics and measure the hash rate for popular algorithms.


NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB was released on July 8, 2016. Average power consumption is 80.0W.

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB yield

The current market price and yield of the NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB graphics card in mining fluctuates depending on the value of the cryptocurrency. The information in the plate is updated once a day.

View the complete video card profitability table sorted by price, revenue and payback.

Price ETH ETC EXP UBQ RVN BEAM Profit Payback

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Hashrate

We have compiled the NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB hashrate table for popular algorithms. If you are just choosing a video card for mining, and you already know which coin you will be mining, then you can estimate the approximate performance from the table. And we also have an article about what a hashrate is.

Coin Algorithm Hashrate
Ethereum (ETH) DaggerHashimoto ETH

22.5 MH/S

Expanse (EXP) DaggerHashimoto EXP 22.5 MH/S
Ubiq (UBQ) Ubqhash 22.5 MH/S
Monero (XMR) RandomX 401.0 H/S
Ravencoin (RVN) KawPow 11. 0 MH/S
Beam (BEAM) BeamHashIII 9.3 H/S

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Driver

When installing NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB drivers, it is always recommended to uninstall the current drivers first. This way you can be sure that DCH drivers will not be installed by Windows 10.

You can download drivers NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB here. We recommend trying different driver versions. Some driver versions can cause problems during mining. Installing an older version may fix the issue.

Overclock NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB for Mining

Overclock NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB for mining using MSI Afterburner. You can find it in Yandex. The interface of the program is very simple, albeit a bit colorful) To overclock the video card, we need two sliders:

  • Core Clock — overclocking the core, increases the frequency of the core;
  • Memory Clock — memory overclocking, increases the frequency of the memory.