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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Specs Leaked – Half The Video Memory And More Than A Few Changes Between 6GB Version

Omar Sohail
Posted Jul 12, 2016
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While we know the detailed specifications of the recently announced GTX 1060, it’s the 3GB video frame buffer variant that we’re more interested in, which to inevitably allow gamers on a budget to see the vast differences between the two versions, the detailed specifications of the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB model have been leaked.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Version Possesses Lower CUDA Core Count But Same Memory Bus-Width – See All The Differences Right Here

One of the biggest differences that you will see between the 3GB and 6GB video RAM version is the CUDA core count. Where the 6GB version sports a total of 1280 CUDA cores, the 3GB model features 1152 cores. The GPU has one of its 10 SM units disabled hence we are looking at a lower core count. It is rumored that the GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 GB memory comes with the cut down GP106-300-A1 core while the 6 GB variant features the GP106-400-A1 SKU.

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We will be taking this leak with a grain of salt, but owing to the differences between both graphic cards, the 3GB version has been reported to retail for $149 USD, giving gamers on a very tight budget the freedom to enjoy the latest games with a large number of GPU taxing settings enabled at their highest configurable point. This clearly shows that the card will tackle the Radeon RX 470 which is AMD’s $149 US solution that features the cut down Polaris 10 GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

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As for the 6GB version, NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 will be available on 19th July around the globe at a starting price of $249 USD for the custom models while the founders edition which will be the reference model will be available for a price of $299 USD. The card will be delivering superior performance and overclocking performance with its 16nm Pascal architecture which shows impressive clock frequencies on stock and overclocked.

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The GeForce GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 GPU which features 1280 CUDA cores and 80 TMUs. The card comes at clock speeds of 1506MHz but boosts all the way up to 1708MHz. NVIDIA has a massive lead in terms of core frequencies with TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process node and that shows as their chips are built to clock beyond 2GHz when overclocked. The pixel fill rate for this chip is 72.3GPixel/s while the texture fill rate is 159.6GTexel/s.

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The GeForce GTX 1060 will also be using the reference Pascal display configuration of three Display Port 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and also a single DVI port. Since this is Pascal we are talking about, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 would feature just 120W TDP and power would be provided through a single 6-Pin connector. The TDP should be maintained with the 3GB version as well, along with SLI functionality being severed.

BenchLife has reported that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is going to be announced mid-August, so we’ll have the complete list of details available for you then.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti?NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan X
Graphics CoreGP107GP107GP106GP104GP106GP104GP104GP102
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size132mm2132mm2200mm2314mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2
Transistors3.3 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores640 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz
FP32 Compute1.8 TFLOPs2.1 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs
VRAM2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface 128-bit bus128-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorNoneNoneSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP75W75W120W120W120W150W180W250W
Display Outputs1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateOctober 2016October 2016September 2016TBD13th July 201610th June 201627th May 20162nd August 2016
Launch Price$109 US$139 US$199 US$199 US$249 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US
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