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Gaming PC build GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB, Xeon E3-1270, 12GB performance review

According to the top 1000 recommended requirements for PC games a PC with a Xeon E3-1270 processor, a GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB graphics card and 12GB RAM is better performing than 383 games from that list. The main hardware in this PC puts the Xeon E3-1270 as a bottleneck component. If this was upgraded then the system could increase the number of games it could run to 638 at recommended requirement.

Lets see how this PC performs with a popular game like Red Dead Redemption 2. In summary, 1440p resolution shows itself to be the optimum performance vs visuals for the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB. While it can certainly get a strong 1080p Ultra of 46 FPS, if you want to move up to 1440p on Red Dead Redemption 2 then we can see 1440p Low setting getting 93 FPS or the Medium returning 73 FPS. Change graphics settings up to High for 49 FPS and then Ultra gets 35 FPS.

2nd most popular game: Halo: Reach - In summary, if you are looking to play Halo: Reach in Ultra then you have come with the right graphics card. The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB can chew through the graphical performance needs of the game with relative ease. 1080p Ultra will return 135 frames, then the larger screen resolution of 1440p can deliver 103 FPS, with the 4K resolution seeing 61 FPS in Ultra as well.

3rd most popular game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - In summary, while some might be tempted to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 1440p resolution with the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB, we feel it is best placed at running at 1080p, where you could get the following frame rates - Low setting: 112 FPS, Medium setting: 88 FPS, High setting: 60 FPS, Ultra setting: 43 FPS.

Reported FPS for
GeForce GTX 1060 MSI OC 3GB
RAM: 16 GB
high
@1920x1080
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1680x1050
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@3840x2160
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
Doom 4
60 FPS
RAM: 16 GB
high
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1366x768

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