NVIDIA Silently Launches The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Keith May
Posted Aug 19, 2016
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And just like that NVIDIA and their board partners have silently launched the new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB to the world. Dropping a few things other than just the memory capacity Pascal is now competing at the Sub $200 price point. Taking on the likes of the Radeon $179 RX 470 4GB and the $199 RX 480 4GB.

 

 

 

We reported last week that these cards would be incoming, but they dropped with quickness and silence. Now this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a 3GB variant of the GTX 1060 as Zotac released a 3GB mini model when the GTX 1060 first rolled out. But this is a bit different. For this model they’ve cut a SM from the GP 106 core resulting in 1152 CUDA Cores rather than the full 1280 found in the GTX 1060 6GB model. The Base and Boost clocks will be determined by vendors based on models, but the entry EVGA card has the same 1506MHz Base and 1708MHz Boost that the GTX 1060 6GB model is rated at. But the reduced core count result in a downtick from 4.4TFLOPs down to 4 TFLOPs, so around 10% slower on average. The GPU still sports the same 120w TDP and even though the memory capacity has been reduced from 6GB down to 3GB it still maintains the same 192-bit bus.

 

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

 

It looks like the RX 470 doesn’t go uncontested for very long at the ~$199 price point. With stock being low on all of the current Polaris and Pascal based cards it should be interesting to see where final pricing lands. We know that the lineup of the GTX 1060 3GB cards are priced starting at $199, but whether they stay there stands to be seen.

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The 3GB VRAM may be a bit of a question for a lot of people seeing as how the cards competitor at this price point is packing in 4GB. It’s very clear that this card is focused directly at that sweet spot 1080p High settings gaming so it should not prove too much of an issue…today. But we’re already seeing games at 1080p starting to chew through VRAM up to and exceeding 4GB. It’s an easy issue to circumvent by reducing filters and texture settings, but definitely something buyers will be taking into consideration.

 

 

So what are your thoughts on the new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB? Does it nail the sweet spot 1080p gaming market, or do its changes while maintaining the GTX 1060 name seem a bit confusing. We’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comment section.

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