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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2022 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 445 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB can run Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p and predict it will return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 67 FPS, Medium: 53 FPS, High: 36 FPS and Ultra: 26 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Dying Light 2 is predicted to return a playable 26 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Grand Theft Auto VI will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 51 FPS, Medium: 40 FPS, High: 27 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. Next we have Dying Light 2 running on GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB which is predicted to get L: 51FPS, M: 40FPS, H: 27FPS, U: 19FPS. And for performance contrast the popular FIFA 22 gets L: 165FPS, M: 130FPS, H: 88FPS, U: 63FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB running at 1440p is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti which meets 972 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 62% better performance. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, which is 54% more powerful and can run 961 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB was released on 18 Aug 2016
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB
GPU
Architecture
Pascal P106-300-A1
Process
16nm
TMUs
72
Texture Rate
128 GTexel/s
ROPs
48
Pixel Rate
86 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$235.02
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
7680 x 4320
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
3072MB
Memory Speed
2002MHz
Memory Bus
192bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
192.2GB/sec
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1569 MHz
Boost Clock
1784 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 27 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
44
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GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is an overclocked variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB which is currently the entry level Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1569MHz and goes up to 1784MHz, when Boost mode is activated.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is a high performance graphics card that can run 2016's triple A titles at 1080p screen resolution at very high graphic settings putting out 60+ frames per second. With the resolution boosted to 1440p this card will still run these games at 60+ fps with the graphics adjusted down to high/medium. The 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures that this card can deliver, making it less future proof as more GPU memory dependent games are released.

Source [ ebarr21 ]