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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 With Pascal GP106 GPU Pictured – Launching in July in 3 GB and 6 GB Variants, Will Compete Against the RX 480

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The first pictures of NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card have been leaked out by Chinese sources. The picture show that NVIDIA’s GP106 based GeForce GTX 1060 is already in production and will appear in the market real soon. The reference design also shows that NVIDIA has decided to provide a new NVTTM heatsink for budget gamers.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has allegedly been pictured and features a design similar to the GeForce 10 series cards. (Image Credits: Videocardz)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 With Pascal GP106 GPU Pictured – Will Be Available in 3 GB and 6 GB Flavors

There are rumors coming in with the leak of the GeForce GTX 1060 pictures but we will discuss them after a detailed look at the design. The GeForce GTX 1060 name is supposedly confirmed as it is clearly mentioned on the cooler shroud. The cooler shroud itself is very similar to the previously launched GeForce 10 series cards such as the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. There are a few differences as the card uses both metal and plastic frames colored in silver and black.

From the looks of it, the GeForce GTX 1060 will stick to a really short PCB while the cooler will extend beyond the length of the PCB. The blower style cooler is still present on the card which channels cool air through a dense aluminum fin array block which unlike the 1080 and 1070 cannot be seen through the window cut on top of the shroud which doesn’t feature acrylic materials.

The design of the card has been done so to provide a more cheaper graphics card offering that performs great while looking great with NVIDIA’s reference NVTTM design. From the looks of it, 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.

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/X 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

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Will Tackle The Radeon RX 480 in Early July

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.

A report by Digitimes also confirms that NVIDIA has indeed pushed the launch date of their GP106 products forward by a month. The GP106 GPU is the same graphics processor that will be powering the GeForce GTX 1060 and will now be introduced next month. It was previously expected to launch in August 2016 but that changed after AMD announced their $199 US RX 480 for the mainstream market segment.

With AMD aggressively pushing into the mid-range and mainstream sectors, Nvidia has moved forward the releases of GeForce GTX 1060 products by a month and is likely to reduce their prices to make them more competitive. via Digitimes

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 arrives in July in 3 GB and 6 GB variants.

It is clear that GeForce GTX 1060 is meant to compete against the Radeon RX 480. We don’t know the price yet but we can expect it to be as fast as the GTX 980 (better with overclocked speeds) and have a price close to 300 USD. It is possible that 3 GB models can enter the market around $250 US range but don’t expect them close to the $199 US range of the RX 480. It will indeed be a surprise if we are proven wrong.

The 6 GB GDDR5 models could be around $300 US or even $329 US which was the price set for NVIDIA’s highly successful GTX 970 graphics card. Since GTX 1070 is a 150W card already, the GeForce GTX 1060 can stick close to a 110-120W 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. Expect to hear more information on GP106 in a few weeks.

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