After much rumors and speculations, Nvidia finally announced the new flagship GeForce GTX 1060, the most affordable member of its Pascal-based graphics card lineup yet. The latest model launches worldwide on July 19 beginning at $249, with custom GTX 1060 models available from at least a dozen of Nvidia?s board partners.
The GTX 1060 is based on the new GPU core codenamed ?GP106? that is built on the same Pascal architecture as the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Like all Nvidia Pascal GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1060 uses TSMC?s 16nm FinFET transistor technology, which helps reduce power consumption and improve performance.
The new graphics card contains 1280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8GHz with a reference boost clock speed of 1.7GHz. Nvidia said that the GPU could be highly overclockable too, as overclocking lab tests performed by the company?s engineers have hit 2GHz. The default display output configuration on the GeForce GTX 1060 will be three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, one HDMI 2.0a connector and a dual-link DVI port.
The medium range graphics card is better than the outgoing GeForce GTX 980, according to Nvidia, which claimed that the GTX 1060 will outperform the $500 priced high-end option. In addition, the GPU will consume considerably less power as Nvidia listed its power consumption at 120W versus the 980?s 165W TDP.
Despite packing considerably less power than the high-end GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the newer graphics card even poses a challenge to its overly priced cousins. According to PCWorld?s Brad Chacos, since the dual GTX 980s outpunch the $600-plus GeForce GTX 1080, gamers would now rather pick the 1060. With the GTX 1060 outperforming the older GTX 980 as well as it cheaper price, dual 1060s for less than $500, it could undercut the GTX 1080?s market position.
The GTX 1060 also outperforms the recently released AMD RX 480?which offers similar performance to a GTX 970 for ?180/$200. Nvidia claims the GTX 1060 is 15 percent faster and over 75 percent more power efficient than the RX 480, though the 480 offers 8GB VRAM over 6GB of the 1060.
The GeForce GTX 1060 along with nd custom cards from Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac will be available from multiple retailers starting July 19.
Nvidia said that it will sell its GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition for $299, but the GeForce GTX 1060 itself carries an MSRP of $249, so versions from board partners will be around that price.