MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G Review: Page 6 of 13

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


The testing environment has changed since the last graphics cards review. However, it will remain the same from here on out. Ambient temperature was a chill 18°c during all testing. The GPU was kept at its stock clock during all testing, with one exception. Both Time Spy and Firestrike were run at stock and overclocked to +175 on the core, +300 on the memory and the power slider in MSI Afterburner all the way to 108%. However, it was the stock clock on the OC settings in the MSI Gaming app. A base of 1594 MHz and a boost of 1809 MHz. The card was left on these settings for all gaming and synthetic benchmarks. For the synthetic benchmarks, I tested Open GL, DirectX 11 and 12. For the Gaming benchmarks, the games were run in 1920 x 1080p. 2560 x 1440p and 3840 x 2160p. We use only full release drivers and software, meaning no beta drivers as they are usually not 100% stable. I used Windows 10 Professional due to it being the most recent operating system, as well as having DX 12 support. All games were run on the highest possible settings, with no MSAA or AA of any kind in any results. The exceptions being Tomb Raider being run on Ultra, not Ultimate. Also, Crysis 3 was run on high, not very high settings. This was due to the fact that both games were not playable on the highest settings in 4k. When I say not playable, I mean sub 30 fps.


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