When Nvidia announced the extremely powerful GTX 1080 Ti they slipped in a few other launches as well, mostly unnoticed. The GTX 1080 with the Ti’s 11 Gbps memory was one of them and I have covered those recently. Then there is the GTX 1060 with upgraded memory running at 9 Gbps. This didn’t get much attention, but with AMD introducing the RX 500 series of cards I’m curious if the upgrade to the GTX 1060 was enough to keep up. Gigabyte sent one over and today I’m going to check it out, focusing on how it compares to the normal GTX 1060, the RX 480, and the RX 580.

Product Name: Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

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Graphics Processing

GeForce® GTX 1060

Core Clock

1873 MHz / Base: 1645 MHz in OC mode

Boost: 1847 MHz / Base: 1620 MHz in Gaming mode

(Reference Card Boost: 1708 MHz/ Base: 1506MHz)

Process Technology

16 nm

Memory Clock

9026 MHz

Memory Size

6 GB

Memory Type


Memory Bus

192 bit

Card Bus

PCI-E 3.0 x 16


Dual-link DVI-D x1

HDMI-2.0bx3 (Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @60 Hz)

Display Port-1.4 x3 (Max Resolution: 7680x4320 @60 Hz)

(* Standard mode: Dual-link DVI-Dx1, DP1.4x3, HDMI 2.0bx1)

(* VR mode: DPx3, HDMIx3)

Digital max resolution




Card size

H=59 L=281 W=137 mm

PCB Form



DirectX 12 API feature level 12_1



Recommended PSU


Power Connectors

8 pin*1

Now the Gigabyte Aorus is an overclocked model as well so it does have a higher clock speed than the 1708 boost clock of the reference card. They list 1860 MHz for an OC mode and 1835 for a gaming mode but to check thing out I did check the GPUz when testing. Our card was in line with the Gaming Mode clocks with a 1848 MHz boost clock and 1620 MHz base clock. The GPUz also had the BIOS revision and the driver I tested on as well for future reference.



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