MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC 6 GB Review 11

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC 6 GB Review

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When NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1060, the company allowed its add-in card (AIC) partners to launch their custom-design cards right away. The company set the MSRP of this SKU at US$249 and is selling its reference-design "Founders Edition" SKU at $299, a $50 premium. This allows its partners to position their custom-design cards at either around the $249 baseline price or the $299 Founders Edition one.

The GeForce GTX 1060 is NVIDIA's response to the Radeon RX 480, which offers performance rivaling that of $350 products from the previous generation at an attractive $229 price point. It is based on the newer 16 nm GP106 silicon, which is the third ASIC built on the "Pascal" architecture. This chip features half the SIMD machinery of the GP104 silicon on which the GTX 1080 is based, but has 75% of the raster operation machinery and memory configuration.

Today, we have with us for review the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC, which is a cost-effective custom design variant of the GTX 1060 with the same PCB and power-design as the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X. Out of the box, the card is overclocked to a base clock of 1544 MHz. Memory runs at NVIDIA stock of 2002 MHz. Pricing of the card is $260.

GeForce GTX 1060 Market Segment Analysis
R9 390
GTX 970
RX 480
R9 390X
GeForce GTX
1060 3 GB
GTX 980
GTX 1060
1060 Armor
R9 Fury
GTX 980 Ti
GTX 1070
Shader Units25601664230428161152204812801280358428161920
Graphics ProcessorHawaiiGM204EllesmereHawaiiGP106GM204GP106GP106FijiGM200GP104
Memory Size8 GB4 GB8 GB8 GB3 GB4 GB6 GB6 GB4 GB6 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width512 bit256 bit256 bit512 bit192 bit256 bit192 bit192 bit4096 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock1000 MHz1051 MHz+1266 MHz1050 MHz1506 MHz+1126 MHz+1506 MHz+1544 MHz+1000 MHz1000 MHz+1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1500 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz1500 MHz2002 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz2002 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz
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