The GIGABYTE GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is a very interesting card and not just because it’s the first GIGABYTE GPU we have seen here at Play3r, but from my past experiences of GIGABYTE hardware, I honestly expected a little bit more. Now although the cards performance is behind the ASUS STRIX model, that’s to be expected given the near £40-50 price difference between the 2 models; that puts GIGABYTE in a very strong position here.
Although the thermal performance results under load weren’t the highest we have seen, they are still adequate and are more than capable of performance at the cards maximum allowed power limit under GIGABYTE’s own XTREME GAMING ENGINE application. Here you can change the GIGABYTE logo and fan stop sections colour with an RGB colour wheel. I expected more from the RGB here and feel GIGABYTE have skipped a beat in this regard.
Overall, the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 G1 Gaming at £270 offers decent value, but given the small marginal lead over the AMD RX 480, the RX 480 with 8GB of VRAM might not be such a bad purchase in comparison. GIGABYTES own RX 480 G1 Gaming with 8GB costs a mere £20 less and I feel it would come down to your preference on NVIDIA and AMD. You certainly can’t go wrong with either card from GIGABYTE and we look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
Big thanks to GIGABYTE for sending a sample of the GTX 1060 G1 Gaming in for review.
+ Great value compared with the other vendor’s top models
+ Very nice looking backplate
+ Aside from the RGB implementation, the Windforce dual fan cooler looks great
+ Widely available across the UK, EU, and US
– Could perform better than it does, although it still competes well
– Not as cool under load as other models on test
– RGB is limited to 2 small sections on the side of the card; orange accents SHOULD be RGB for design purposes
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