We have another variant of the Pascal GTX 1060 now, the GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 “OC.” The announcement was made today by Galax India’s official arm. This isn’t the first GTX 1060 GPU that GALAX has released. They released the GeForce GTX 1060 “EXOC Black” graphics card about a month back.
Boy, that leaves us with a couple of GTX 1060s to benchmark now (the Zotac, the Founder’s Edition, the Strix etc.). Its that time of the year. For a graphics card that aims to bring itself forth to the budget conscious sub ₹20,000 buyer, having these many options can mean nothing but a good thing. Consumers get the benefit of having options.
Although, in a completely anti-climatic scenario, if yogis designed the personal computer they would have made just one variant that would run everything just perfectly. Let us leave that for discussion for another day.
Coming back to the point…
GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB
This GALAX “OC” variant is overclocked, although not as heavily as the “EXOC Black” card. It has a core clock of 1518Mhz and Boost clock of 1733Mhz. This GPU uses 6GB of GDDR5 memory. The reference GTX 1060 by Nvidia, now called the “Founder’s Edition” has clocks 1506Mhz and 1708Mhz. This means the “OC” graphics card by GALAX is 12Mhz and 25Mhz on the core and boost clocks faster than the Founder’s Edition. Still, the Founder’s Edition is a tad more expensive than the GALAX OC. Only when we benchmark this GPU will we know whether it is really worth at that price. The “EXOC Black” edition on the contrary features higher speeds of 1544Mhz ad 1759Mhz, and is priced slightly higher than the Founder’s Edition.
Comparing the press pictures of the OC and EXOC edition, the fan design looks roughly the same. The only difference I can make out so far is the pure black colour scheme used in the EXOC edition, while the OC version goes for a mixture of black, silver and blue. It is only after visual analysis can we say how both the GPUs differ physically.
The official pricing for the GALAX GeForce GTX 1060 OC is ₹22,500. The Founder’s Edition carries a price tag of ₹22,999 and the GALAX EXOC Black version of the GTX 1060 costs ₹23,600. The price difference amongst these three GPUs is meagre. The variation of pricing between these three cards and the Asus’ Strix edition, Zotac’s Amp edition and Gigabyte G1 edition isn’t very high either. That makes it a very tight price bracket between which the battle for the king of GTX 1060 is being fought. The least I can say is, that I am excited to see what unfolds.
Stay tuned for our upcoming GTX 1060 graphic card reviews. iLL out!