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Nvidia Disables SLI On GTX 1060 3GB Cards

Khalid Moammer
Posted Jul 3, 2016
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As we approach the July 7th launch date for Nvidia’s upcoming GTX 1060 we’re seeing more and more information about the card leak. The latest comes from a Polish technology outlet PurePC, who’s editor revealed that GTX 1060 samples have been sent out to reviewers.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is set to launch on July 7th, giving reviewers approximately 3-4 days to conduct their testing. Which is more than sufficient but notably significantly shorter than the lead time Nvidia gave reviewers with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Perhaps lending some credence to the notion that Nvidia may have pushed the launch ahead to compete with the just released RX 480.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Comes In 6GB & 3GB Configurations – SLI Disabled On The 3GB Version

Additionally, VCZ reports that there are two variants of the GTX 1060, the more affordable of the two won’t support SLI. It’s believed that in a similar fashion to what AMD has done with the RX 480, the GTX 1060 will launch with two memory variations. These will be 6GB and 3GB, given the card’s 192-bit memory interface.  It’s not yet clear whether the two variants of the GTX 1060 will differ in other ways besides the memory configuration. However, it’s been reported that the two versions don’t even share the same driver codenames, unlike the 4GB & 8GB variants of the RX 480.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Official Specifications
Furthermore, it’s said that the likely reason SLI support has been disabled on the 3GB variant is to not affect sales of the higher end GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. Which hints at the potential performance of the GTX 1060 coming in at approximately half that of the GTX 1080.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Vs AMD RX 480 DirectX 12 Benchmarks Leaked - More Custom Cards Pictured


This makes sense considering that the GTX 1060 has a similar boost clock speed to the 1080,  exactly half the number of CUDA and 60% of the memory bandwidth. So we’re likely looking at the GTX 1060 delivering roughly ~55% of the GTX 1080’s performance. Depending on how taxing a given game is on the memory subsystem we could see that figure go up or down. Which interestingly is exactly where AMD’s RX 480 currently falls-in compared to the 1080. So we’re set up for an extremely close race here between the 1060 and the 480.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Listed By Korean Retailer

Before we close this off there’s one additional interesting bit reported by our friends over at videocardz. A Korean retailer announced a new promotion on GTX 1000 series. The promo includes a free copy of Overwatch with the purchase of select Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. Among those cards is the yet unannounced GTX 1060.

GeForce-GTX-1060

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
Nvidia GTX 1060 Already Available In Stores, Officially Launching July 19th

 

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