Echoing last week’s story on a GTX 1060, a lot can be said about the state of the PC hardware market when a video card being sold for close to regular retail price is a news story. But such is the case right now with cryptocurrency mining driving a price surge and scarcity in GPUs. Those on the lookout for a decent price on a few mid-range cards can look to MSI models for both the Nvidia GTX 1060 ($330 USD) and AMD RX 580 ($320) video cards. They’re currently available on Newegg, but these tend to sell out quickly.
The MSI’s 6GB GTX 1060 OCV1 sports a dual-fan design to help keep this overclocked card cool, as opposed to the single-fan version that was available last week. It runs a core clock of 1544MHz and boost clock of 1759MHz with 1280 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR5 video memory. GTX 1060s are well suited to run modern PC games competently at 1080p. This particular model has one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.4, and one DVI-D port. It is recommended to have a power supply that provides at least 400 watts. Before cryptocurrency mining was huge, 6GB GTX 1060 cards tended to go for under $300 depending on the specific model and retailer. As a result, $330 for a factory overclocked, dual-fan version is relatively reasonable.
When it comes to AMD’s card, the MSI 4GB Radeon RX 580 Armor OC also rocks a dual-fan cooling system and higher clock speeds out of the box. It runs a 1366MHz boost clock frequency with 2304 stream processors, which make for great performance for games at 1080p. You’ll find two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and one for DVI-D. The RX 580 requires a little bit more juice as a 500-watt power supply is recommended to run this card. Note that this model is equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory, and have generally sold for around $230. When it comes to the 8GB model, the cheapest on Newegg currently goes for $530 with many other models going for well over $700.
Take note that these cards can go out of stock at any moment. For more on why prices are so high and stock is limited, we looked at cryptocurrency mining and its effects on video cards. If you want to see how these cards perform in games, check out our GTX 1060 review and RX 580 review. Pre-built systems are gaining more traction as they’ve become the cheaper option for those looking at a new gaming PC, so be sure to look at some of the better options out there.
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