Dan-H
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

MSI sells fourteen models of the GTX 1060. Here is my opinion to narrow it down.

I like MSI graphics cards, and (we family) have owned four recently (GTX 760/770 and two GTX 970).

I like the "Twin Frozr" cooler and have the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4G in an xps 8700 and it runs cool and quiet.

Which GTX 1060 is a price per sub-feature.

The first choice is 3GB vs 6GB. I would spend a little more for the 6GB.

The next choice is the "Gaming 3G vs the "Gaming X 3G

The difference is subtle. basically the X has slightly more overclock in Gaming and OC mode, and a slight memory overclock in OC mode. The bold lines are the differences.

GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 6G
1746 MHz / 1531 MHz (OC Mode)
1733 MHz / 1518 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1708 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)

GDDR5 192­bit
8000 MHz (OC Mode)
8000 MHz (Gaming Mode)
8000 MHz (Silent Mode)

GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G

1809 MHz / 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
1784 MHz / 1569 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1708 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)

GDDR5 192­bit
8100 MHz (OC Mode)
8000 MHz (Gaming Mode)
8000 MHz (Silent Mode)

if it were me, I'd spend a little more for the Gaming X 6 GB, and run it in Gaming or OC mode.

BH Photo has it on sale for $239 after rebate.

 www DOT bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1264797-REG/msi_geforce_gtx_1060_gaming.html 

I've bought from BH Photo before without any concerns. The've been in business for decades. They are closed for taking orders on Saturday's. Also looks like they are out of stock so shipping is delayed. Same on Amazon I think.

Good luck.

ps: I am thinking of buying this card to upgrade the GTX 760 in one of our 8700s. Waiting for a killer price. This isn't bad but I was looking for $199.

And yes, hit the support page for your system and you'll find drivers and downloads there.

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