MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060

Last updated date: March 13, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 39 expert reviews, the MSI MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
1,148 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Brawny performance for a midrange video card. Easily overclocked. Well suited to FHD or QHD gaming. Three year warranty. Extremely quiet. Backplate included
- Tech Spot
The GPU power supply’s five phases are controlled by a uP9511P made by uPI Semiconductor Corp. Dual N-channel MOSFETs in the M381 line are used for the high and low side voltage converters. This setup eliminates the need for separate gate drivers, which saves both space and money.
- Tom's Hardware
March 21, 2017 | Full review
It offers class-leading performance, a killer design with excellent software, stable overclockability, and cool, quiet running.
- PC Magazine
July 22, 2016 | Full review
As is always the case with MSI’s Gaming and Gaming X series, the card features prominent red highlights and the signature dragon logo in the center of both fans. Of course, this is not just for show, and this MSI GTX 1060 model performs admirably, offering great out-of-the-box performance and good overclocking potential.
- Gaming Scan
January 11, 2019 | Full review
Similar to other of MSI’ Gaming series graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G too is equipped with MSI’ latest Twin Frozr VI cooler; TORX 2.0 Fan design with double ball bearing that operates silently and capable of generating 22% more air pressure.
- Tech Critter
January 9, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Expensive among GTX 1060 partner cards. Card is much bigger than Founders Edition. Availability limited at debu. Like other GTX 1060s, no SLI support. Memory not overclocked
- Tech Spot
Sample shipped with non-standard firmware
- Tom's Hardware
March 21, 2017 | Full review
Expensive among GTX 1060 partner cards. Card is much bigger than Founders Edition. Availability limited at debut. Like other GTX 1060s, no SLI support.
- PC Magazine
July 22, 2016 | Full review
As for the downsides, the card is a bit pricier than the above Gigabyte model, but many people will also agree that the design of graphics cards in this product line is a bit over-the-top, so the conspicuous attention-grabbing exterior won’t suit everyone’s tastes.
- Gaming Scan
January 11, 2019 | Full review
Costly. Lack of SLI support
- Tech Critter
January 9, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G Twin frozr VI thermal design raises the bar of graphics card Air cooling. Torx fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the Patented torx fan technology which generates 22% more Air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. The new fans are equipped with double ball bearings to ensure lasting smooth and silent operation. Connected to the huge heat sink are copper heat Pipes with a squared shape at the bottom for optimal heat transfer from the solid nickel-plated copper baseplate combined with premium thermal compound x to keep the pascal powerhouse cool.

Overall Product Rankings

1. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
2. ZOTAC GeForce GT 710
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 (GV-N1050OC-2GD)
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 2
4. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 5
5. MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
6. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
7. MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 (GV-N1050D5-2GD)
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
9. MSI Gaming GeForce GT 710
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
10. XFX Radeon RX 580
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Graphics Cards

You may not realize it, but behind the scenes, there are many components hard at work to make your computer perform. If you game, you probably know the difference between a top-of-the-line PC and one that has seen better days. But you don’t have to be a gamer to see the effects of lackluster electronic components.

A crucial piece of hardware in any PC is a graphics card, which delivers images from your PC’s hardware to the display. A less-than-powerful graphics card can bring a delay between transmitting that information to you, becoming a huge nuisance if you’re trying to enjoy your favorite game. Many of today’s graphics cards handle this task expertly, but you’ll still see some that are better than others.

Your PC’s gaming performance can be affected by overheating. If your computer tends to run hot, you may see software glitches and slowdowns that get in the way of what you’re trying to do. For that reason, finding a graphics card that battles overheating by running cool can be the best thing you can do to improve the way your PC performs.

Noise is also something to consider. Some graphics cards can run on the loud side, which will also interfere with enjoying your game. You’ll find there are some graphics cards that have a built-in fan. Others offer fanless cooling, resulting in a noise reduction you can’t get when a fan is part of the process.

Before you can look at all that, though, it’s important to determine whether the card you’re choosing will work with your PC. Some cards have compatibility issues with Windows 10, while others have done away with analog support, meaning they’re phasing out VGA compatibility. Chances are, you have a monitor that is compatible with the DVI-D port on the card. Lastly, look at the size of the card and measure how much space it will take up inside your case before you buy.

DYWM Fun Fact

Gamers were buying home PCs long before many non-gaming families discovered the technology. In the 1980s, many indulged their love for video games using the Commodore 64. They were so popular, more were sold than any other computer system. There were numerous games available for these computers, all of which featured graphics that would seem crude by today’s standards. The Commodore 64 came with 64K of RAM, a 320 X 200 display with 16 colors max and a cassette recorder for saving data. The Commodore 1541 floppy drive was released in 1982 but soon gained a reputation for being both noisy and unreliable.

The Graphics Card Buying Guide

  • Clock speed makes all the difference when you’re pricing graphics cards. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 has a 1721 MHz base clock and an 1860 MHz boost clock, making it the top option. The Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 ranges from a 1493 MHz to 1506 MHz boost clock, depending on the card you choose, and the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 features a 1683 MHz boost clock. The faster the clock speed, the less lag you’ll experience while playing games or participating in other graphics-intensive activities.
  • If you want to make sure your graphics really pop on your 1080p monitor, go for the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050, which displays 1080p video at 60 frames per second.
  • For those who are more interested in basic computer tasks like surfing the internet and checking email, the lower-end ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 should suffice. It can even handle less graphics-intensive games, but you won’t want this card for hardcore gaming activity.
  • By now, everyone’s heard a noisy internal fan kick in while using a computer. While you’ll likely notice a little noise with any fan, the ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 card doesn’t use a fan at all to stay cool. However, you may find this card doesn’t stay as cool as the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 or ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070, which are both relatively quiet even though they have fans. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080’s and ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070’s fans turn off when your PC is idling for even quieter operation.
  • Before you buy a graphics card, it’s important to make sure it will work with the equipment you already have. If you have Windows 10, you could have some issues with the ZOTAC GeForce GT 710. The design of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 makes it a great fit for most computers. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070, on the other hand, doesn’t provide analog support. So if you have a VGA monitor, you’ll need to either upgrade your monitor or choose a different card.
  • Price could be the biggest differentiator when it comes to graphics cards. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 is at the extreme high end of the price range, retailing for well over $700. Slightly less expensive, but still retailing for more than $500, is the impressive EVGA GeForce GTX 1080. You can get the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 for much less, at just over $100, and the much slower ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 retails for well below $100.
  • Size is something to consider when you’re shopping for a graphics card. Chances are, you have limited space inside your case, so you should measure before you buy. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 is designed for two slots at a moderate size, which makes it a fit for most cases. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070, on the other hand, requires three slots and is larger than usual. It only fits ATX and eATX cases.
  • More important than noise is the fan itself. If your card doesn’t stay cool, you’ll notice issues like your computer locking up at the worst possible times. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 uses ACX 3.0 cooling, which brings two 100mm fans built with double ball bearings that make it outlast competing graphics cards. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 uses three Windforce fans to dissipate heat. Both the EVGA and ASUS fans shut off during idle periods to keep noise at a minimum and conserve energy.
  • Setup is an important consideration, especially if you aren’t technically-oriented. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 can be confusing to set up, and it comes with an installation CD, which may not be much help if you have a PC without a CD slot. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 comes with an installation guide to walk you through the process.