The mainstream segment of the graphics card market seems to be the most competitive currently. With AMD releasing their Radeon RX 480 at a price-point of $229 with performance of cards from the previous generation that cost upwards of $350. This prompted NVIDIA to released their GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card earlier than expected. Now with AMD releasing their RX 470, NVIDIA has a new GTX 1060, a 3GB model. This model now only cuts the VRAM in half, but also has an extra SM unit disabled. Off the bat NVIDIA allowed for add-in-card (all-in-card) AIC partners to release their custom cards for this new GTX 1060. Today we have one such card from MSI, which is their GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB. This card comes with a custom PCB with a nice factory overclock, MSI’s TwinFrozr VI cooling solution, full back-plate, and RGB lighting options. The card comes in a $239, which gives it a $40 premium over the GTX 1060 3GB base MSRP. Let’s jump in and see what this card is made of!
The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB comes in MSI’s typical retail packaging for their 10-series graphics cards. On the front you will see a large picture of the card with pertinent information in the bottom left like the 3GB of VRAM, DirectX 12 support, “VR Ready”, and MSI’s Twin Frozr VI cooling solution.
Flipping over to the back we have many of the features of the card are details as well as information on MSI’s Gaming App.
Getting everything out of the box you have the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB Graphics Card, a few MSI stickers, user’s guide, registration card, and a driver and utility CD. As we always say download the drivers and utilities directly from MSI’s or NVIDIA’s website as they will be the most up to date.