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Is the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1060 even available?
The GTX 1060 Gigabyte cards have been available for a while now, but the Founders Edition version has all but disappeared from the market at this point. That being said, even the Gigabyte 1 version may be challenging to find, being currently out of stock on Newegg.com and low in stock on Amazon, but at least you can get them, or just about.
In our review of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1, we explore how this hyped GFX card performs under extreme load. We will test against other cards currently on the market, which also gives us the perfect opportunity to compare this Nvidia cards performance against its AMD rival, the RX 480.
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Starting with the GTX 1060 G1 physical hardware
Gigabyte have taken the GTX 1060, put the video card under the microscope and proceeded to strap on some noticeable upgrades.
The GTX 1060 G1 now comes with dual wind force 90mm fans, which have striped blades and unique curves that boast an increase in air flow by 23% when they spin! A fanless mode is included along with a bright “don’t worry I’m not dead” LED. Unusually however the fans spin in different directions.
Seriously, if you look at the card without the fans spinning, you’ll see that the left fan scoops to the left and the right fan scoops to the right. Theoretically this results in a reduction of air turbulence as both fans push air out through the top of the card together.
Does it feel like to anyone else that every year there’s just some new way to put fans on a graphics card?
GTX 1080 G1 Temperature Tests and Performance
The heat sync set on the GTX 1060 G1 features 2 direct-touch copper heat pipes, which boldly claim a 29% improvement.
Our results show that the 1060 G1 is actually pretty impressive, running at 61°c in a room temperature of about 25°c. All the while the GTX 1060 G1 was pushing our Crysis 3 Skybox Stare test and running at 1987 MHz, Which is 140 MHz above the advertised boost clock. Ok that’s actually pretty sweet!
Who cares about speed! Where’s the lighting?
Never fear! The compulsory “FAN STOP” LED on the GTX 1060 G1 is actually now RGB, along with the Gigabyte logo just to the left of it. However while the decision to include this was great and all, it does feel a little odd that when paired with the striking, orange accents on the 1060 G1 card itself, these lights are near the fans, and will therefore be out of sight in most PC cases. This to me feels like they were kind of an oversight by Nvidia.
GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6GB Power Review
The GTX G1 comes with its 6 plus 1 power phase design, compared to the Reverence 3 plus 1 setup. Also G1 has a cool, smart LED power indicator. Now I’ve seen power indicators in the past that just illuminate when you have a cable plugged in, but this one on the G1 however flashes If there’s an issue with your power supply, or illuminates if the cable is unplugged, which seems to make much more sense.
For output the GTX 1060 G1 6GB comes with a standard setup, including one dual link DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0B, and three display port 1.4 connectors which can support up to 8k at 60hz, although good luck gaming at that resolution.
Let’s move on to review the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 FPS Performance
We tested Gigabytes G1 gaming 1060 (6GB) against the reference founders edition 6GB card, It’s bigger brother the GTX 1070, an EVGA super clocked variant and also the main competition from Radeon, the RX 480.
The GTX 1060 G1 6GB is able to push well over 60 frames per second in every video game title we tested with maximum presets at 1080p. Nvidia has been pretty clear that 1080p is the target resolution for the GTX 1060. With all of the settings mentioned everything looked sharp and crispy.
The GTX 1060 beat out its more expensive cousin the founders edition, although it’s not too surprising as the 1060 ran 127 MHz faster when under load in a Crysis 3 Skybox Stare test. This is mainly thanks to its GPU boost, it’s better cooler and board design.
The more interesting story here is how the GTX 1060 G1 trades blows with the Radeon RX480. The 1060 wins by a considerable amount in Crysis 3 and Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and surprisingly manages a win in Ashes Of The Singularity. However when we take a look at Doom and Hitman, there seems to be a shift in the balance of power. For Hitman the Gigabyte 1060 wins in DirectX 11 but then loses in DirectX 12, despite both cards gaining in overall performance. When testing on Doom there’s no contest as the Radeon RX 480 wins by a massive 20%.
Should you buy the GTX 1060 G1?
To wrap up our review of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 (6GB), the story continues to be what it has been for a while. Nvidias Pascal GPUs are fast and Gigabytes G1 gaming variant of the GTX 1060 card is a solid option to purchase. With great cooling and low noise, the video card even manages so stay relatively quiet under heavy load. As always we recommend reading Customer Reviews to help you make your decision.
The battle for graphics performance supremacy seems to be more architectural at this point, instead of the crazy aftermarket cooler showdown that tech consumers endured with the 700 and 900 series. It will be interesting to see how each side holds up in a years time, as we see more and more video game titles being released with Vulcan and DirectX support. Hopefully we may even see AMD putting up strong responses to Nvidias higher end video cards.