Updated/24/Aug – Nvidia GTX 1060 was launched on 19th July 2016 in India and base price for the card is Rs. 22,999. We got the Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 Geforce EXOC graphics card to review 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 some adobe applications. The results I got are really exciting. Lets get into the details of Galax GTX 1060 EXOC and decide if it is a worthy upgrade.
The Nvidia GTX 1060 competes with the AMD RX 480 in the market, while 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 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 compared to the Nvidia GTX 1060.
The Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 is priced aggressively in the Indian market and can be bought at 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
In this review we will focus on the performance and gaming experience of Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC and whether you should upgrade from your old graphics card like 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) which was 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). Review for these are also coming soon.
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
Nice Blueish Green large Box with graphics card neatly packed in the foam side pads and protective cover inside the Box.
Gaming Rig With Cooler Master Haf 912 Cabinet and the Galax GTX 1060
VR Ready Nvidia Galax GTX 1060 Box.
User manual , Installation CD and Setup Guide to Get you started , there is also a 6 pin connector inside , No HDMI cable.
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 and 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 with dark grey and back color combination adding to the style of the graphics card.
Large Fans (90 mm) for heat dissipation with a large heat sink to manage the temperature well. 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.
The back plate is included in the Galax GTX 1060 which is a good move and help the graphics card to protect the board and also looks aesthetic.
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 was 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 compared to the old gen graphics card and will also produce lesser heat.
We 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** cooler is the Hyper 212 X.
Once you install the card in the cabinet , plug the HDMI or DVI cable at the back of it 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