NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 With 6 GB GDDR5X Memory and GP104 GPU Now Available – Retains 1280 CUDA Cores, Clock Speeds From Reference Variant

Oct 19, 2018
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It looks like NVIDIA has silently introduced a new GeForce GTX 1060 SKU in their lineup which has even better specifications than the original variant. The GeForce GTX 1060 has seen many variants since its launch back in 2016 and still receives updates as it is one of the most popular gaming card available under the $300 US price bracket.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Graphics Card Gets GDDR5X Memory - Slight Update To Tackle AMD Radeon RX 590?

With AMD's refresh Polaris lineup closing in for launch, NVIDIA has just gone ahead with a memory bump on their mainstream GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The GeForce GTX 1060 originally got 8 Gbps memory which was later updated to 9 Gbps on the 6 GB GDDR5 variants. Now, NVIDIA will be offering a 6 GB GDDR5X variant which will deliver even higher memory bandwidth to the graphics card, resulting in a small but noticeable performance improvement.

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One thing we have learned from Pascal overclocking is that a memory overclock would improve performance dramatically. The graphics card is a perfect fit for 1080p & 1440p gaming with a good array of graphical settings but with higher bandwidth, you'd definitely expect a small improvement in performance.

Currently, only Micron produces GDDR5X memory while the industry has is now moving to GDDR6 with the GeForce 20 series cards. Micron's product catalog shows that they offer 10 Gb/s and up to 12 Gb/s DRAM speeds on their G5X solutions. Considering that the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB is a mainstream card, the entry-level 10 Gbps chips would be an ideal choice. Aside from the reference speeds, GDDR5X has good overclocking potential so you can hit higher clocks with manual tuning with ease.

When it comes to specifications, the GPU specs remain the same which include 1280 CUDA Cores, 1506 MHz base clock, 1708 Boost clock and a 6 GB GDDR5X memory running along a 192-bit bus interface. That would deliver a bandwidth of 240 GB/s if the memory is clocked at 10 Gb/s. Aside from that, the TDP would remain set at 120W and would require a single 6-pin connector to feed the graphics board. The interesting thing here is that the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card was launched with the GP106 GPU but was later available in cut down GP104 variants, retaining the same core specs. The GP106 full config offers 1280 CUDA cores while the GP104 full config offers 2560 CUDA cores.

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 GDDR5/X8 GB GDDR5/X8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed7 Gbps7 Gbps7 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps9 Gbps / 10 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps11 Gbps10 Gbps11 Gbps11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s84 GB/s112 GB/s192 GB/s160 GB/s224 GB/s / 240 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 2016August 2018July 2016June 2016October 2017May 2016August 2016March 2017April 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

It's an interesting choice and would be all NVIDIA want to tackle AMD's refreshed Radeon RX 590 graphics card with the 12nm Polaris GPUs. This doesn't go without us asking, when would we see the GeForce GTX 1060 replacement on the Turing GPU architecture? Let us know your own thoughts about the GDDR5X equipped GTX 1060 in the comments below.

Do you think the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB With GDDR5X will be able to deliver good competition against AMD's Polaris Refresh?
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