Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G Graphics Card Review

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line GTX 1060 graphics card then look no further, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming is probably the best out there.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming

As you can see from the image below it carries the same design as the higher-end Xtreme Gaming models but with the key difference is that the GTX 1060 model here runs with alternate-spinning dual-fan, that’s dual 100mm fan. The X on the shroud and the various wordings at the side are RGB backlit that can be customized via software.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming is one huge and heavy card, not only is the cooler big but the card itself is weighty much due to the solid backplate. Unlike other GTX 1060, this model here is powered by an 8-pin PCI-E power connector instead of 6-pin, allowing it to draw beyond 150W if need. Notice also that it has 2x HDMI output towards the front section of the card, this allows a host of multi-display configuration, especially for VR purpose.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming

From the rear you’ll see a Dual-link DVI-D, 3x DP1.4 and a HDMI 2.0b output.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G Graphics Card Review

Check out the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming’s full list of features at the official product page.

Test Setup

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

Overclocking

Despite being already factory overclocked, I am able to push some 150Mhz on both Core and Memory (Effective DDR speed is 600Mhz).

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G Graphics Card Review

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 65
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 68
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 63
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 54
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 65

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 90
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 95
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 92
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 85
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 80
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 88

Shadow of Mordor

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 93
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 99
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 97
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 89
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 71
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 92

Bioshock Infinite

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 120
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 123
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 123
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 114
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 112
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 123

Grand Theft Auto V

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 47
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 49
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 46
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 37
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference 50

The Division

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 59
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 63
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 60
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 61

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 40
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 45
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 37
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 37
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 69
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC 72
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC 66
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 69

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 Xtreme Gaming 45 64
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming (Full RPM) 31 53

The fan hovers at around 52% 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.

Card Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming
Furmark Burn-in 254
Estimated Actual System Draw 229
Estimated Card Power Draw 138

Well, it doesn’t seem to go beyond that 150W limit but it’s very close.

The Verdict

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming retails at RM 1,399 – the price is on the high side of GTX 1060 card but there is quite a significant performance gain, especially after you overclock. Not only that, you get an awesome looking cooler with RGB lights that cools really well, and it has backplate that many GTX 1060 doesn’t have and not forgetting the HDMI output that caters for VR usage.

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