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NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1060 To Be Announced on 7th July – Aiming The Mainstream Market With Pricing Around $250 US, Efficient GP106 GPU Core

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 29, 2016
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NVIDIA is holding a special event on 7th July where they are rumored to unveil their next Pascal graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1060. Based on the Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 1060 will be aiming the mainstream market with its pricing close to $250 US range while delivering better efficiency and performance compared to its Maxwell based predecessors.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will be the Pascal GPU built for sub-$300 US market.

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NVIDIA has decided to hold a special event to celebrate the launch of their GeForce 10 series cards. Right now the lineup consists of two cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 which is the fastest graphics card you can get and the GeForce GTX 1070 which is an extremely efficient and blazing fast graphics card starting at a price of just $379 US. On 7th July, NVIDIA is planning to launch a third, more mainstream product based on the Pascal design and that would be known as the GeForce GTX 1060.

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The event will take place on 7th July (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) at the Therapy Nightclub in Melbourne. Users who are willing to be part of the celebration can sign up on NVIDIA’s page here. Aside from partying and celebrating the GeForce Pascal launch, NVIDIA will introduce the GeForce GTX 1060. It is possible that this event would be live streamed to the public so we will have a separate post for that available close to the event date.

The GeForce GTX 1060 will mark the arrival of Pascal in the mainstream market. NVIDIA currently has the most fastest and efficient high-end solutions in the market based on their GP104 GPU core. The GTX 1060 will be the firepower NVIDIA needs to tackle the RX 480 which has just been launched today. You can read reviews for the Radeon RX 480 graphics card here.

Here’s what we know about the GTX 1060 “Pascal GP106” so far:

According to Benchlife, the GeForce GTX 1060 will be available in two variants, a 3 GB model and 6 GB model. The GPU will be codenamed as GP106-400 and GP106-300 but we can’t say if this is confirmed or not. Aside from the memory details, the GeForce GTX 1060 will be arriving in early July and will be the first graphics card to feature NVIDIA’s latest GP106 GPU architecture. Arriving in July means that the card will be here around the same time when custom models of the Radeon RX 480 start arriving.

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A representation of the GP106 block diagram built by slicing the GP104 block into halve.

The GP106 GPU allegedly features 1280 CUDA cores which means we are looking at just 10 SM units enabled on the full GP106 die. If the configuration of the GP106 block is similar to GP104, we could also equate 80 Texture mapping units and 32 ROPs on the GTX 1060. Clock speeds will be boosting beyond the 1.5 GHz mark which has been breached since the arrival of Pascal GeForce 10 series cards. The GeForce GTX 1060 will also be using the reference Pascal display configuration of three DVI 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and also a single DVI port.

It is clear that GeForce GTX 1060 is meant to compete against the Radeon RX 480. Benchlife reports that the 3 GB models would be priced around $249 US while the 6 GB models will be priced at $299 US. This makes GTX 1060 a sub-$300 US offering which is where majority of the mainstream market sits. AMD is currently offering $199 (4GB) and $239 (8 GB) variants of the RX 480 graphics card to the mainstream segment.

The GeForce GTX 1060 can stick close to a 100-120W TDP while delivering better numbers than its GM206 based predecessors. Performance wise, it’s expected that the card would feature numbers between the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 while OC’d models would exceed the performance of the flagship GM204 card with ease. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to be announced during the 7th July event with retail availability a week later on 13th July.

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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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