NVIDIA Readies New GeForce GTX 1060 With 5 GB VRAM, 1280 CUDA Cores – Aimed at APAC Region Based Internet Cafes

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Dec 26, 2017
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NVIDIA is readying a new variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card which features a very unusual memory configuration. The new graphics card will feature slightly lower VRAM and a cut down memory bus while retaining the same number of cores as the 6 GB variant.

NVIDIA Preps a 5 GB Model of The GeForce GTX 1060 – Cut Down 160-bit Bus, Full 1280 CUDA Cores

According to reports from Chinese sources, NVIDIA is making a new GeForce GTX 1060 variant that will be aimed directly at the APAC region based Internet cafes. This model is meant to cut down the costs for such market while retaining similar graphics performance. But will that be the case?

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From the specifications, we can note that the graphics chip will be a new variant based on the GP106 GPU. This GPU will be known as the GP106-350-K3-A1, featuring 1280 CUDA Cores. The other variants of the GP106 GPU include GP106-400-A1 for the 6 GB GTX 1060 and the GP106-300-A1 for the 3 GB GTX 1060. This is also the fourth configuration of the GTX 1060 as now it’s available in a 6 GB / 3 GB GP106 variant, a 5 GB GP106 variant and also a 3 GB GP104 variant.

 

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While it does retain the same core specifications, the GP106-350-K3-A1 graphics core comes with one memory controller disabled, leading to a 160-bit bus interface instead of the 192-bit bus that comes on the other variants. So we are looking at 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM, running across a 160-bit bus interface at speeds of 8.00 Gbps. This gives us a total bandwidth of 160 Gb/s which is lower than 192 GB/s bandwidth on the other variants.

 

The thing is that this model will be exclusively sold to internet cafes based in the Asia Pacific market directly. This means that we will never get to see an official reference or custom model lineup from either NVIDIA or their manufacturers. It will be an interesting and cost effective solution for cafes that cannot purchase 6 GB 1060s in bulk. The 5 GB model will definitely be capable of 60 FPS 1080p gaming in majority of eSports titles but I guess it was a good decision to keep this model exclusive to cafes and not make it a wider launch as that would have messed up the GTX 1060 lineup even more.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 5 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiNVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics CoreGP107GP107GP107GP106 / GP104GP106GP106 / GP104GP104GP104GP104GP102GP102GP102
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size132mm2132mm2132mm2200mm2200mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2471mm2471mm2
Transistors3.3 Billion3.3 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion4.4 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion12 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores640 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2432 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1354 MHz1392 MHz1290 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz1480 MHz1480 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1518 MHz1392 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz1583 MHz1582
FP32 Compute1.8 TFLOPs2,3 TFLOPs2.1 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs8.1 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs11.5 TFLOPs12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM2 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed7 Gbps7 Gbps7 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps9 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps11 Gbps10 Gbps11 Gbps11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s84 GB/s112 GB/s192 GB/s160 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s352 GB/s480 GB/s484 GB/s547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus96-bit bus128-bit bus192-bit bus160-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus352-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorNoneNoneNoneSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP75W75W75W120W120W120W150W180W180W250W250W250W
Display Outputs1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x 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
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch DateOctober 2016May 2018October 2016September 2016TBD13th July 201610th June 201626th October 201727th May 20162nd August 201610th March 20176th April 2017
Launch Price$109 US$119 US-$129 US$139 US$199 USTBD$249 US$349 US$449 US$499 US$1200 US$699 US$1200 US
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