MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X PLUS Review

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The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X is 11 inches in length which is almost 28 cm so it should fit comfortably in pretty much any decent chassis. Above the TwinFrozr VI cooler and cooling design, MSI placed extra shielding heatsinks over the GDDR5 memory as well as a heatsink directly on top of the VRM area.


The PCB board design is custom from MSI build upon their Military Class IV standard. It is a bit of marketing yes, but the component selection does follow MIL-STD-810G certification, these components have proven to be able to withstand the torturous circumstances in both gaming and overclocking. The GPU empowering the product is called the A1 revision of the GP106-400 GPU. The GeForce GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 display engine is capable of supporting the latest high resolution displays, including 4K and 5K screens. With HDMI 2.0 support, the GeForce GTX 1060 can be used by gamers who want to game on the newest state-of-the-art big screen TVs.  Up to four display heads can be driven simultaneously from one card. The GPU display pipeline supports HDR gaming, as well as video encoding and decoding. New to Pascal is HDR Video (4K@60 10/12b HEVC Decode), HDR Record/Stream (4K@60 10b HEVC Encode), and HDR Interface Support (DP 1.4).


So that top and fan side LEDs would be the configurable RGB LED functionality. Above an example of the RGB LED configuration with their software. Here as well you can activate the OC mode.


Of course, you can also turn them off as well. That RGB coloring of your personal preference does work wonders in a color toned PC. The LED system can be controlled individually by choosing any of the animation effects available in the MSI Gaming App, ranging from responding to your game sounds or music to steady light, breathing and flashing. Of course, you can also turn them off. A five phase power supply is responsible for supplying the GP106 GPU with power. An additional power phase is dedicated to the board’s GDDR5 memory. 


You will have some extra power allowance, the reference/Founders board design supplies the GPU with 150 Watts of power with a higher maximum power target setting. Overall a lovely looking card.

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