The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X is a mid-range graphics card with connections for DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI.
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Pro Best performance for the price
The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X has achieved a Firestrike score of 12010, one of the highest as far as GTX 1060 cards go and the for that price it's more powerful than some other, more expensive cards on the market.
Pro Excellent design
The GTX 1060 Gaming X, like its GTX 1080 and 1070 counterparts is an excellent card as far as looks go. The black and red color scheme can easily fit a lot of builds for those users who are obsessed with their build looking as good as possible. It also has an array of RGB lights in the back which can be controlled by an app supplied by MSI.
Pro Decent temperatures
The Gaming X 1060 card is able to keep the temperatures of the GPU quite cool, with a result of 38 degrees Celsius in idle and only 65 degrees C under full load.
Pro Great overclocking potential
The overclocking potential for further increasing the card's clock and memory speed is quite high, as the cooler performs well and there is plenty of headroom in terms of power. In this case, an increase of 165 MHz was applied to the GPU clock and a whopping 435 MHz on the memory (22%), without any major issues or artifacts. Further overclocking results in noticeable higher performance. For comparison: a standard Gaming X card manages to achieve a framerate of 87.8 FPS in Battlefield 3 with 1440p resolution, while the same card with this type of overclock can reach over 101 average frames per second.
Con 8-pin power connector required
The MSI Gaming X version of the GTX 1060 requires a single 8-pin power connector, while the reference GTX 1060 only requires a single 6-pin power connector. MSI has used a more powerful connector in order to create more overclocking headroom, but this might be an issue for gamers with a limited available 8-pin connectors on their power supply unit.
Con Relatively noisy
Even if not by much, the GTX 1060 Gaming X is a bit noisier than most GTX 1060 cards.