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MSI reveals GeForce GTX 1060 Armor with GDDR5X memory

By Koh Wanzi - on 28 Nov 2018, 11:33am

MSI reveals GeForce GTX 1060 Armor with GDDR5X memory

Image Source: MSI

NVIDIA recently announced a new variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB with GDDR5X memory, a super late refresh of its most popular Pascal GPU. MSI has now unveiled a new card based on that in the form of the GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6GD5X OC, a dual-fan card that’s best-suited for monochrome builds.

The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB with GDDR5X memory actually uses a cutdown GP104 chip instead of GP106, the former of which is used in higher-end Pascal cards like the GeForce GTX 1080. This is because the GP106 chip doesn’t have a GDDR5X connection, so NVIDIA was forced to look elsewhere to implement the faster memory.

A look at the MSI card also shows the presence of SLI connectors, which previous GeForce GTX 1060 models lacked. Having said that, there’s no mention of support for SLI.

The card features a black and white cooling shroud, but there’s no backplate to complete the look here. Heat produced by the GPU is channelled away via copper heat pipes to the finned aluminum heatsink. The two Torx fans also support semi-passive operation, so they stop spinning entirely when the GPU temperature falls below the 60°C threshold.

Like the original GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, the GDDR5X model comes with 1,280 CUDA cores and a 120W TDP. It has a base clock of 1,544MHz, boost clock 1,759MHz and a 192-bit memory bus, the latter of which is also the same on its predecessor.

Finally, the card is powered by one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector. You’ll also find three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one DVI-D Dual Link output for display connectors.

Source: MSI