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

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMAvexir DDR4 3000Mhz 2x 8GB.
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 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.

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming65
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC68
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC63
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference54
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference65

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming90
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC95
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC92
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)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming93
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC99
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC97
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)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming120
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC123
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC123
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)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming47
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC49
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC46
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)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming59
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC63
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC60
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference61

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming40
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC45
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC37
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming37
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming69
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming OC72
Galax GTX 1060 EX OC66
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP69

Temperature

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

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming4564
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming (Full RPM)3153

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.

CardGigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming
Furmark Burn-in254
Estimated Actual System Draw229
Estimated Card Power Draw138

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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