MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G Review

Posted by Paul Malfy on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 8:00am

Introduction

The GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G is equipped with the Twin Frozr VI Cooler

MSI recently sent us the GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G version for review. Can a 3gb graphics card really stand up to today’s titles? Especially in a world of VR and 4k, 120 Hz panels? 1080p gaming would be no problem for such graphics card but we all know the standards has been raised a bar higher nowadays. We’d like to thank MSI for providing ProClockers with this card and making this review possible. Now let’s see if GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G can withstand our benchmark suit and live up to the Pascal name.

About MSI

“As a world leading gaming brand, MSI keeps raising the bar in design and innovation of its GAMING Series products and has been a long-term sponsor of global eSports teams. Outstanding teamwork of MSI's senior R&D staff and professional gamers culminates in the creation of every MSI GAMING product. At the core of MSI's innovation remains an unwavering commitment to provide Top Player with Top Choice products. Apart from its partnership with more than 15 pro-gaming teams around the world, MSI is also an active participant in international gaming tournaments and the host of MSI MGA (Masters Gaming Arena, a world-renowned gaming event. Thrilling in quality and performance, the MSI GAMING Series has proven to meet the most demanding tournament needs, bringing out pro-gamers’ best performance and leading them to one victory after another in the global eSports scene. All the above accounts for dominant eSports teams' and professional gamers’ trust and decision to choose the MSI GAMING Series that helps them achieve more in their quest for world championship.”

The Pascal Architecture

Here is a diagram of the GP106 GPU

Pascal is designed to offer the highest performance for deep learning and other compute performance. Pascal is Nvidia’s successor to their 28 NM Maxwell Architecture. The Pascal microarchitecture uses the 16 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. With 150 billion transistors, Pascal is the world’s largest FinFET Chip ever built. Delivering over 5 Teraflops of double precision performance, Pascal is also the most powerful architecture ever inside of a GPU.

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