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

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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.

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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 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics Core GP107 GP107 GP107 GP106 / GP104 GP106 GP106 / GP104 GP104 GP104 GP104 GP102 GP102 GP102
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Die Size 132mm2 132mm2 132mm2 200mm2 200mm2 200mm2 314mm2 314mm2 314mm2 471mm2 471mm2 471mm2
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 4.4 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion
CUDA Cores 640 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2432 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1392 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1518 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1530 MHz 1583 MHz 1582
FP32 Compute 1.8 TFLOPs 2,3 TFLOPs 2.1 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 8.1 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 11 TFLOPs 11.5 TFLOPs 12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5/X 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 9 Gbps / 10 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 84 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 160 GB/s 224 GB/s / 240 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 352 GB/s 480 GB/s 484 GB/s 547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus 96-bit bus 128-bit bus 192-bit bus 160-bit bus 192-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 352-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector None None None Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 75W 75W 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 250W 250W
Display Outputs 1x 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 Date October 2016 May 2018 October 2016 September 2016 August 2018 July 2016 June 2016 October 2017 May 2016 August 2016 March 2017 April 2017
Launch Price $109 US $119 US-$129 US $139 US $199 US TBD $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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