Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC – Superb Performer

Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC

Updated/24/Aug – Nvidia GTX 1060 was launched on 19th July 2016 in India and the base price for the card is Rs. 22,999. We got the Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 Geforce EXOC graphics card to review a couple of days back.

I tested the graphics card for some days and played some of the graphics intensive games and tried it on synthetic benchmarks and even on Adobe applications. The results I got are really exciting. Let’s get into the details of Galax GTX 1060 EXOC and decide if it is a worthy upgrade.

Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC

The Nvidia GTX 1060 competes with the AMD RX 480 in the market. The AMD RX 480 is $50 cheaper in the US market but in India, AMD pricing has not been very amicable. Initially, they launched the card for Rs. 28,999 and later after a lot of hue and cry dropped the price by Rs. 2,000.

More price cuts may come but for now, it is more expensive in the market than the Nvidia GTX 1060.

The Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 is priced aggressively in the Indian market and can be bought for Rs. 23,600.

In this review, we will not focus on the AMD RX 480 comparison to the Nvidia GTX 1060 and which is a better choice. You can read the Article – Nvidia GTX 1060 Benchmarks and RX 480 performance compared and buying advice.

Is the Nvidia GTX 1060 a Worthy Upgrade

But we will focus on the performance and gaming experience of Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC. And also whether you should upgrade from your old graphics card such as AMD R9 270X, R9 280, 280X, HD 7950, 7970 or 7850. Or if you have Nvidia then a GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 960, GTX 950 or even the popular GTX 750ti.

I upgraded our gaming rig couple of days back and I bought a new Intel 6th Gen Skylake Core i7 6700K processor (costs arm and leg) as an upgrade from Intel Core i5 3570K processor. We will get into why we upgraded from the 3rd gen Intel i5 unlocked to an i7 in a upcoming article.

We used the Intel Core i7 for this review along with the Corsair 16 GB, 3000 MHz Ram (as fast as it gets) and a Gigabyte Gaming 7 Motherboard (costs another arm and leg).

Also, we compared the New GTX 1060 with our old faithful AMD R9 280 /HD 7950 to see how much is the performance differential and is it worth it to upgrade to the New GTX 1060 if you have a similar graphics card.

Let’s first Check whats inside the Box and then we proceed to check the Gaming Benchmarks, Adobe Software performance and Overclocking Performance of the Graphics card.

Inside the Box 

It comes with a nice Blueish Green large Box. The graphics card neatly packed in the foam side pads and protective cover inside the Box.

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Gaming Rig With Cooler Master Haf 912 Cabinet and the Galax GTX 1060.

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VR Ready Nvidia Galax GTX 1060 Box.

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User manual, Installation CD, and Setup Guide to Get you started, there is also a 6 pin connector inside, No HDMI cable.

Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC

Build Quality and Key Specs

The Graphics card is not the smallest of the GTX 1060 out there (Zotac has used smaller PCB) it has a length of 26.8 cm. Importantly, if you have a very small case you may need to check the length before buying. It is as long as our old AMD R9 280 by Sapphire, just couple of mm less.

Overall Build Quality looks top notch and very nice minimalist looks. The dark grey and black color combination adding to the style of the graphics card.

It has large Fans (90 mm) for heat dissipation with a big heat sink to manage the temperatures. Further, it comes with Standard Display Connectors DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI at the back and using HDMI with it was easy and hassle-free.

Let’s Have a Closer Look.

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The backplate is included in the Galax GTX 1060 which is a good move and it protects the board and also looks aesthetic.

Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC

Key Specs Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC

  • GPU Core Clock – 1540
  • GPU Boost Clock – 1759
  • Cuda Cores – 1280
  • VRAM Size  – 6.144 GB
  • Memory Speed – 4004 (8008) Mhz.
  • Memory Interface Width – 192-bit GDDR5.
  • Memory Bandwidth  – 192 (GB/sec).
  • Features – OpenGL 4.5, Bus Support PCI-E 3.0.
  • Nvidia Ansel, G-SYNC, GameStream™
  • Nvidia GPU Boost™ 3.0.
  • Support for DirectX 12
  • Connector – Single Six Pin Connector.
  • Power Draw – 120 Watts
  • PSU Watts Required – 400 Watts.

Installation 

Installation is fairly easy, we removed our current GPU and plugged in the Galax GTX 1060. There is one 6 pin power connector instead of the 2 connectors which we were using. I was delighted that the card will eventually use less power in comparison to the old gen graphics card and will even produce lesser heat.

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I removed the Sapphire R9 280 and installed the Galax GTX 1060 in our PC Rig, fairly easy to install if you have a large cabinet. That Bad A** processor cooler in the pic is the Hyper 212 X.

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Once you install the card in the cabinet, connect the HDMI or DVI cable to your monitor. You can install the Nvidia Geforce experience software from the CD you get with the Galax card.

Surprisingly, the CD didn’t have any Nvidia Drivers so first thing required was to download the latest Nvidia Drivers and install them and restart the PC. That’s All for the installation. You are ready to Game.

System Specs and Software Users 

Detailed System Specs

  •  Intel Core i7 Skylake 6th Gen 6700 K Clocked @ 4.2 GHz.
  • 16 GB Corsair 3000 MHz RAM.
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 X Processor Cooler .
  • Gigabyte Z170 Gaming X Series 7 Motherboard.
  • Samsung Evo SSD 128 GB and 1 TB HDD Seagate.
  • Haf 912 Cooler Master Cabinet.
  • Dell FHD Monitor 1080P
  • Cooler master 650 Watts Bronze PSU
  • GPU – AMD R9 280 and GTX 1060 Nvidia
  • Open GL version 6.14, Latest Radeon Drivers – 15.30
  • Latest Nvidia Drivers – 368.81
  • AMD Mantle API 98309

Click Next Below For Gaming, Adobe Applications, and Synthetic Benchmarks

16 COMMENTS

  1. HEY WILL A GTX 1050 Or 1050 Ti Will Be A Overkill For 1366×768 Resolution And If Not Then Which One Would You Recommend …..

  2. Hi. Mine take about 16 – 17 seconds into start the BIOS (the graphic card BIOS before, and the mobo BIOS after), and it’s not compatible with OS fast-boot mobo launch. It’s normal? Thanks.

    • Looks strange though GPU bios startup should not take so much time , how much total time is your pc taking to boot and are you using any ssd or HDD

    • An SSD, and my computer had hasn’t this problem before, tested with three diferent GPUs. So, I need to know if other users’ KFA2 1060 make the same. Thanks.

    • Look my card’s problem in this video
      I’ve asked for a refund, after don’t get a reply from tech service.

      Thanks for your help, friend.

  3. The 15.30 AMD drivers are confusing me, the most recent crimson 16.9.2 have 16.30 IIRC. Did AMD somehow jumped 10 major releases since the day this review was made? It’s been less than a month.
    Also, R9 280 is not 1.5 years old, maybe your card is, but under the hood, it’s just a renamed HD 7950 which was released on 31st January of 2012. Old card is still giving a hell of a fight.
    You may want to check what kind of GDDR chips you got on your 280. For example, I have Elpida chips on my 7950 which are rated to run at 1500(6000)MHz, but run only at 1250(5000) at stock.
    That’s a free upgrade right there!
    Have you cranked the power limit to the max during testing? Nvidia cards also have a temperature limit that may interfere with achieving higher clock speeds, you might want to crank it up, too.

    I might actually go get me a 1060, it looks pretty sweet. Or maybe I’ll play the waiting game until Vega next spring/summer.

    • Hi Nataniel we know it is a rebranded 7950 , we actually bought the 7950 and RMA it 1.5 years back with the R9 280. Overall we pushed that old R9 280 with bit of increased voltage too , but the gain with the GTX 1060 are worth the upgrade by all means..

  4. Disappointing that you were unable to get it up to 2100MHz even with the water cooler taking care of the CPU.
    I am leaning towards getting the MSI OC card which is the same price. Even though it doesn’t have a backplate it seems to be capable of a higher stable OC.

    • dear Justin There was no water cooling for the CPU , everything is air cooled and it can be pushed higher.

    • Hi checked your video the PC is almost taking 17 seconds before showing bios looks unusual our was not taking too long, there was some delay added due to the GPU bios getting loaded before the MOBO screen, but definitely was under 7-8 seconds or lower. .. we have returned the card to manufacturer so cant re-check the boot time using it.

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