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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB Specifications Leaked – Aiming $199 US Price, GTX 1050 Expected in October

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Aug 12, 2016
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Rumors concerning the launch of a 3 GB variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card by NVIDIA may end up being true as the company showcased its specifications in a conference held in China. The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card was released last month and was aimed at the RX 480 solution with a starting price of $249 US. The 3 GB variant of this card will be competing against the RX 470 with a price targeting the $199 US mark.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB Specifications Confirmed – Launching in September With Price Around $199 US

When the GeForce GTX 1060 launched, it was expected to have two variants, a 6 GB and 3 GB VRAM model. It was soon revealed that the 3 GB variant could differ in specifications compared to the 6 GB variant aiming at a more optimized configuration of the GP106 core rather than featuring a full blown die. We have seen a couple of listings for 3 GB GTX 1060 models but none of them have launched so far but Chinese folks were able to get first specifications of the card at a conference held in China.

First of all, the 3 GB GTX 1060 is indeed a cut down variant with one of the SM unit disabled. This results in only 1152 CUDA cores compared to 1280 on the complete GP106 die. While the 6 GB GTX 1060 uses the GP106-400 GPU, the 3 GB model comes with the GP106-300 die. Having one disabled SM means that the card will retain its 48 ROPs but TMUs will be cut down to 72.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 would feature GP106 GPU with 1152 Cores. (Via ITHome)

The card will retain its 192-bit memory bus and feature 3 GB of GDDR5 memory rather than 6 GB which is only for the full GP106 die. The memory will be clocked at 8 GHz effective clock speed resulting in a total of 192 GB/s bandwidth. The card will also feature the same 120W TDP as the 6 GB variant and power will be provided by a single 6-Pin connector. While TDP remains the same, the card will have more headroom available to boost at a higher clock rate compared to the 6 GB variant which is also a very power efficient graphics card based on the Pascal architecture.

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The GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB model would retain all the basic features of the 6 GB model such as NVIDIA SMP Support, NVIDIA ANSEL Support, DirectX 12 / Vulkan API Support and VR-Ready gaming performance. Display connectivity would include three DP 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b and 1x DVI-D port. The GTX 1060 will be priced close to the $199 US which means it will compete against both RX 480 4 GB and RX 470 custom models.

The 6 GB GTX 1060 model does come out faster than the RX 480 8 GB in most cases so we could see around 90% (+/- 5%) GPU performance of the 6 GB model on this card. Expect availability in September in various custom models from NVIDIA’s AIB partners.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA 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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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Rumored To Launch in October – Performance Close to GTX 960 at $149 US?

The second card that has been rumored for launch this year is the GTX 1050. According to IThome, this card will be priced very close to $149 US and will be replacing the GTX 950 which was based on the GM206 GPU. We can not tell if this will feature the GP106 GPU or something else but the site alleges that the card would feature 128 bit bus interface.

Performance wise, the card will hit the performance numbers of the GTX 960 graphics card at a very low price point and with much higher efficiency. We can expect the TDP to be below 100W and just like the 950, we can see some models that don’t require extra power connector. The card will be aimed at the RX 460 which does a well job against the R7 370 from last year. The RX 460 4 GB models ship at price of $119 US+ so we can expect NVIDIA’s model to feature higher performance at a higher price point.

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