MSI launches a big family of GTX 1060 3GB cards

Hot on the heels of Nvidia's confirmation of the 3GB GTX 1060 are a bunch of vendors with their versions of the new product. MSI, true to recent form, is fast out of the gate with no less than five different models. From the top-end Gaming X to the simply-named GTX 1060-3GT-OC, all of them use the same slightly-neutered GP106 GPU and 3GB of GDDR5 memory.

Starting from the top of the product stack, the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G wears the Twin Frozr VI heatsink/fan we've seen on nearly every other GPU from MSI recently. That powerful cooler allows the Gaming X card to boost to 1809 MHz. MSI also increased the base clock to 1594 MHz. The "non-X" Gaming 3G card drops the clocks to 1531 MHz base and 1746 MHz boost, but it's otherwise identical. Both cards have the standard Pascal output cluster of one HDMI, one DVI, and three DisplayPorts.

Stepping down a notch, the GTX 1060 Armor 3G OCV1 uses the black-and-white dual-fan Armor cooler, and runs at 1544 MHz base and 1759 MHz boost clocks. Another Armor card drops the "OC", and as you'd expect, runs reference clocks. Those two cards trade one of the DisplayPorts for an extra HDMI port, which might make them more interesting to VR junkies.

Finally, the MSI GTX 1060-3GT-OC has a more basic dual-fan cooler. It actually runs the same clocks as the Armor OC card above, but loses an HDMI output and a DisplayPort. This card is the smallest of the three, although MSI also says it has a single-fan card coming out which should be smaller still.

All of the clock speeds listed above are in "OC" mode, of course. Purchasers will want to head to MSI's website to pick up the company's gaming app to get the maximum performance out of their new GPU. Unfortunately, MSI's announcement doesn't list prices for any of these cards, so we'll have to wait for them to appear at e-tail.

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