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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB run games
14 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is a high performing piece of gaming hardware, still confidently featuring in PC gamer computers. GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 461 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Phasmophobia getting 54 FPS with the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB, Assassins Creed: Valhalla predicted to get 32 FPS and Baldurs Gate 3 getting 47 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Phasmophobia where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 108 FPS, Medium: 85 FPS, High: 57 FPS and Ultra: 41 FPS. We added Assassins Creed: Valhalla to our research and predict it will be weak with a 24 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Baldurs Gate 3 which got 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB PC gaming is ok at playing most games but might need to have the graphics settings lowered to medium preset in some cases.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 32% better and can meet 825 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 42% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 927 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is released on 18 Aug 2016

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 19.6 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

19.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 25.8 FPS on Control

Control

25.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 33 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

33 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 36.6 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

36.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 36.8 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

36.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 37.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 37.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

37.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 38.6 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

38.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 40.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

40.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 41 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

41 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 42.4 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

42.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 48.6 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

48.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 49 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

49 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 49.3 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

49.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 51.1 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

51.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 51.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

51.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 51.4 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

51.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 55.6 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

55.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 57.5 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

57.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 57.5 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

57.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 57.7 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

57.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 61.7 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

61.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 63.4 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

63.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 64.1 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

64.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 64.8 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

64.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 67.9 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

67.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 68.5 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

68.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 72 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

72 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 78.2 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

78.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 18.2 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

18.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 20.3 FPS on Control

Control

20.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 24.5 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

24.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 24.6 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

24.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 25.5 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

25.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 26.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

26.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 28.7 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 28.9 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

28.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 32 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

32 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 32.9 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

32.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 33.2 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

33.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 35.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

35.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 35.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

35.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 36.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

36.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 44.5 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

44.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 49.1 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

49.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 52.6 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

52.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 63.9 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

63.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 66.2 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

66.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 9.7 FPS on Control

Control

9.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 12.6 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

12.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 15.1 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

15.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 15.2 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

15.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 15.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

15.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 17.4 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

17.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 17.9 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

17.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 17.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

17.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 19.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

19.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 20 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

20 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 22.4 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

22.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 24.5 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

24.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 26.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

26.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 33.2 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

33.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB gets 41.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

41.7 FPS
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB
GPU
Architecture
Pascal P106-300-A1
Process
16nm
TMUs
72
Texture Rate
128 GTexel/s
ROPs
48
Pixel Rate
86 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1152
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
-
Release Price
$235.02
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
7680x4320
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
3072 MB
Memory Speed
2002 MHz
Memory Bus
192 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
192.2GB/sec
L2 Cache
0KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1569 MHz
Boost Clock
1784 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 27 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
10
10
10
7.6
5.7
GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is an overclocked variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB which is currently the entry level Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.


Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.


GPU
The central unit runs at 1569MHz and goes up to 1784MHz, when Boost mode is activated.


Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.


Performance
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB is a high performance graphics card that can run 2016's triple A titles at 1080p screen resolution at very high graphic settings putting out 60+ frames per second. With the resolution boosted to 1440p this card will still run these games at 60+ fps with the graphics adjusted down to high/medium. The 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures that this card can deliver, making it less future proof as more GPU memory dependent games are released.


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GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
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