GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB Graphics Card Review

When Galax first announced their custom GTX 10-series graphics card, they looked quite ugly and I thought they were not planning to bring back nice looking designs. Thankfully the nice looking Galax cards are still around, such as the GTX 1060 model here.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

First off you’ll see that the Galax GTX 1060 EX OC here runs with a twin-fan design, below is a brief of the cooler design as seen on the official product page

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

What we have then is a beautiful card that looks like carries a huge potential when it comes to modding, I’m planning to mod this baby already.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

The GTX 1060 EX OC requires only a 6-pin PCI-E power connector so rest assured it won’t be a power hungry card that goes beyond 150W.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

As for the other side, the card does not come with any backplate.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GBGraphics Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMApacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

Overclocking on the Galax GTX 1060 EX OC is excellent, I managed to push the core by an additional 200Mhz while the memory is limited to 150Mhz for it to pass all benchmarks. Some benchmarks do get away with 175Mhz or even 200Mhz increase in memory speed.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC63
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked68
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming67
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference54
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference65

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC92
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked98
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming95
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP85
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference80
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference88

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC97
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked98
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming99
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP89
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference71
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference92

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC123
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked129
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming124
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP114
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference112
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference123

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC46
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked49
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming48
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference37
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference50

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC60
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked64
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming61
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference61

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC37
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked39
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming37
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC66
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC Overclocked73
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming70
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP69
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC66

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC4074
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC (Full RPM)3563

The fan hovers at around 56% on AUTO settings when on high load, having the fans being dual 80mm means the system generates more noise than some other models.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 90w.

CardGalax GTX 1060 EX OC
Furmark Burn-in244
Estimated Actual System Draw220
Estimated Card Power Draw130

The Verdict

The Galax GTX 1060 EX OC retails at $259.99 – it’s not the best looker and neither is it the most silent in operation but what you get is better than usual performance out of the box with great overclocking potential, and not forgetting that the cooler shroud is one that’s begging to be modified.

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