Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming Graphics Card Review

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming appears as the latest member in Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming range, a factory overclocked GTX 1060 model that’s long, with dual fan, backplate and RGB light effects.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming Graphics Card Review

I think I pretty much described everything about the card already. The GTX 1060 G1 Gaming uses 8-pin PCI-E connector and that indicates higher than the expected power draw from a GTX 1060 card, capable of drawing up to 225W.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming Graphics Card Review

Here’s a view of the I/O panel and also another view of the cooler shroud, the shroud comes with red accents. Admittedly I was hoping that part of the unit would be RGB colored as well but it isn’t. The RGB light is limited to that tiny GIGABYTE text on the shroud which I think is disappointing.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming Graphics Card Review

RGB LEG aside, the cooler is very impressive, featuring Gigabyte’s WINDFORCE 2X cooling system features two 90mm unique blade fans, 2 pure copper composite heat-pipes, alternate spinning fan design, and heat pipes direct touch technology, together delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures.

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming Graphics Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAM Apacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
Motherboard ASRock X99 OC Formula
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Overclocking

I wasn’t expecting the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming to be a card that I can overclock further but to my surprise I was able to add 125Mhz to the core and 250Mhz to memory and pass all benchmarks. It wasn’t stable with 150Mhz core boost.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 67
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 69
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 54
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 65
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 92
AMD RX 480 52

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 95
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 97
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 85
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 80
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 88
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 120
AMD RX 480 80

Shadow of Mordor

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 99
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 102
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 89
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 71
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 92
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 132
AMD RX 480 90

Bioshock Infinite

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 124
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 124
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 114
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 112
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 123
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 137
AMD RX 480 110

Grand Theft Auto V

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 48
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 49
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 37
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 50
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 61
AMD RX 480 37

The Division

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 61
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 65
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 61
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 82
AMD RX 480 56

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 37
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 40
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 36
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 48
AMD RX 480 33

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 64
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming OC 66
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 63
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP OC 66
Zotac GTX 1070 FE 70

Temperature

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

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 46 68
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming (Full RPM) 29 57

The fan hovers at around 45% on AUTO settings when on high load but what’s great about it is that it’s still pretty quite, even at 100% RPM it sounds like the noise level of Founders Edition cooler at 50% – 60% RPM.

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 107w.

Card Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming
Furmark Burn-in 257
Estimated Actual System Draw 231
Estimated Card Power Draw 124

Well what do you know, it’s not surprised that it scored to well in the benchmarks. The Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming comes pre-overclocked and this includes increased power draw when compared to the 76 Watt draw from Zotac’s GTX 1060 AMP.

The long cooler provides more surface area for cooling, not forgetting the amount of effort Gigabyte placed in making improvements over their Windforce cooling system. The cooling system on the GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is able to cool the unit well despite the added power draw.

The Verdict

The Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming retails at RM 1,459 and comes with 3-years warranty – what it offers is 10% boost in performance compared to other cards, it has a backplate, and it has RGB lighting for the text. The only down side of this card is that it’s quite long so it’s not the card of choice for when the casing is space constraint.

I think the most impressive part of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is that it can be overclocked further. Awesome stuff from Gigabyte!

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