Needless to say, Nvidia doesn’t disappoint at all and that just about sums up the whole review entirely. Gaming is great across the board and the rare instance that a proprietary feature hits performance is easily remedied by changing a setting. DirectX 11 and 12 perform excellently, which means you can pick the API that either has less issues, or looks better for your experience without feeling like you have to make a sacrifice. Fast Sync is one of those tiny features that can easily be overlooked, but it makes a huge difference in the gaming experience, especially for those who have simple 60 Hz refresh rate monitors.
The GTX 1060 almost buries the mid-range competition for now, but there is one issue that I feel holds it back. Fast Sync is great, but it still isn’t quite as good as Adaptive Sync in my opinion. While Nvidia has G-Sync, the proprietary nature makes it a lot more expensive than FreeSync. I’m a huge fan of Adaptive Sync technologies and I would love to see support for both iterations. I also think that the case can be made that G-Sync is the best choice for Nvidia cards and I doubt buyers would opt for FreeSync if they weren’t skipping on Nvidia’s monitor technology already. I would also love to see Nvidia bring back SLI to the mid-range, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.
I’ve been singing Nvidia’s praises for a bit now, but let’s not forget MSI in this whole ordeal. The build, aesthetic, thermal, and noise results are practically perfect. I mentioned that MSI did a great job in the past and I believe they’ve exceeded my expectations today. The simple fact of the matter is that the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X is a fantastic card and this reviewer can highly recommend it. With that, we happily award it the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award!
On a side note, Nvidia cards are typically not as competitive in price as AMD. Even though $300+ is a bit high in my book for “mid-range,” it’s still a lot better than $500+. Sadly, the mining craze is the likely culprit for some slightly elevated prices all around, but hopefully we’ll see things get back to normal if the craze dies out again.