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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G Review

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Monday , January 23, 2017

We’ve got the brand new GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G video card to put through the paces and find out how well it performs in games and overclocks. We will compare its highest overclock with one of the best overclocks we’ve achieved on AMD Radeon RX 480 to put it to the test. How will it stand up? Let’s find out.

Introduction

Today we are evaluating the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G video card, revision 1.0. The official MSRP from GIGABYTE is $289.99 for this video card. This video card is among GIGABYTE’s higher end G1 GAMING series. GIGABYTE in fact has several different models of GeForce GTX 1060 GPU based video cards as you can see. You will find that all of GIGABYTE’s models are customized in some way. There are mini ITX form factors, up to larger Windforce models, to more overclocking oriented G1 GAMING series up to the top-end XTREME GAMING series.

The G1 GAMING series sits right under the XTREME SERIES, it’s built for enthusiasts and overclockers. There are also a couple of revisions of some of these video cards, the difference from revision 1.0 to 2.0 is a different heatsink layout. The heatsink in both revisions still however touches and cools the same components, such as direct contact with the GPU, memory, and VRMs.

Features

The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G has a default "Gaming" OC Profile of 1594MHz Base Clock and 1809MHz Boost Clock. For reference, the reference GTX 1060 spec calls for 1506MHz Base Clock and 1709MHz Boost Clock. By comparison, this is one of the lowest overclocks we’ve experienced yet on GeForce GTX 1060 retail cars we have reviewed out-of-the-box.

There is a software selectable "OC" mode you can enable which boosts the Base Clock to 1620MHz and the Boost Clock to 1847MHz. In this "OC" mode the overclock is comparable to other cards we’ve evaluated. However, you have to install GIGABYTE’s XTREME Engine Utility in order to manually select this OC mode. The card is shipped in the default "Gaming" mode, therefore that is how we will test the video card at default like we do every other video card.

While the MSRP is $289.99 pricing can be found cheaper on this video card with some searching. Amazon currently has this video card available at $257.99 after $20 MIR with PRIME Shipping. Newegg also has it available right now for the same deal at $257.99 after $20 MIR.

The heatsink and fan combination is GIGABYTE’s Windforce technology. There are two 90mm fans that operate in opposite directions. The benefit of this is that it throws the heat out in the same direction toward the top of the video card. This reduces wind turbulence and allows all the hot air to dissipate out the same side. The fans are also uniquely designed to allow for the most air pressure. The fans also support Fan Stop technology so they turn off when under a certain temperature. The heatpipes are uniquely designed and the heatsink does make direct contact with the GPU on the heatpipes.

There is a solid metal backplate that supports rigidity and gives the video card a solid feel. An 8-pin power connector is required and there are indicator lights to let you know power supply is OK. The hardware components utilize GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable VGA components with 2oz Copper PCB. The power configuration is 6+1 versus the reference design of 3+1 for improved overclocking potential.

The video card measures 10.9" in length, so it does take up some length in terms of installation. It’s not a short card. There is HDMI, three DisplayPorts and Dual-Link DVI. The video card also supports RGB in the logo and Fan Stop message atop the video card. However, that is it, no lights on the fans or front facing of the video card. The orange stripes are there to stay. Overall this is a rather simple designed video card, nothing extravagant, it gets the job done.