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MSI GeForce GTX 1060 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.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming 6GT OC is a cost-optimized variant of the GTX 1060 that's retailing at the MSRP pricing of $249. It is still overclocked out of the box and comes with a dual-fan cooler.

GeForce GTX 1060 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 970
RX 480
R9 390X
GTX 980
GTX 1060
1060 6GT OC
Radeon R9
Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX Titan X
GTX 1070
Shader Units16642304281620481280128035844096281630721920
Graphics ProcessorGM204EllesmereHawaiiGM204GP106GP106FijiFijiGM200GM200GP104
Memory Size4 GB4 GB / 8 GB8 GB4 GB6 GB6 GB4 GB4 GB6 GB12 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit512 bit256 bit192 bit192 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock1051 MHz+1120 - 1266 MHz1050 MHz1126 MHz+1506 MHz+1544 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+1000 MHz+1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1750 MHz2000 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz2002 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz
Price$265$199 / $239$310$360$249 / $299$249$530$600$440$1150$379 / $449
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