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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB Specifications Leaked – Aiming $199 US Price, GTX 1050 Expected in October

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Aug 12, 2016
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Rumors concerning the launch of a 3 GB variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card by NVIDIA may end up being true as the company showcased its specifications in a conference held in China. The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card was released last month and was aimed at the RX 480 solution with a starting price of $249 US. The 3 GB variant of this card will be competing against the RX 470 with a price targeting the $199 US mark.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB Specifications Confirmed – Launching in September With Price Around $199 US

When the GeForce GTX 1060 launched, it was expected to have two variants, a 6 GB and 3 GB VRAM model. It was soon revealed that the 3 GB variant could differ in specifications compared to the 6 GB variant aiming at a more optimized configuration of the GP106 core rather than featuring a full blown die. We have seen a couple of listings for 3 GB GTX 1060 models but none of them have launched so far but Chinese folks were able to get first specifications of the card at a conference held in China.

First of all, the 3 GB GTX 1060 is indeed a cut down variant with one of the SM unit disabled. This results in only 1152 CUDA cores compared to 1280 on the complete GP106 die. While the 6 GB GTX 1060 uses the GP106-400 GPU, the 3 GB model comes with the GP106-300 die. Having one disabled SM means that the card will retain its 48 ROPs but TMUs will be cut down to 72.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 would feature GP106 GPU with 1152 Cores. (Via ITHome)

The card will retain its 192-bit memory bus and feature 3 GB of GDDR5 memory rather than 6 GB which is only for the full GP106 die. The memory will be clocked at 8 GHz effective clock speed resulting in a total of 192 GB/s bandwidth. The card will also feature the same 120W TDP as the 6 GB variant and power will be provided by a single 6-Pin connector. While TDP remains the same, the card will have more headroom available to boost at a higher clock rate compared to the 6 GB variant which is also a very power efficient graphics card based on the Pascal architecture.

The GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB model would retain all the basic features of the 6 GB model such as NVIDIA SMP Support, NVIDIA ANSEL Support, DirectX 12 / Vulkan API Support and VR-Ready gaming performance. Display connectivity would include three DP 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b and 1x DVI-D port. The GTX 1060 will be priced close to the $199 US which means it will compete against both RX 480 4 GB and RX 470 custom models.

The 6 GB GTX 1060 model does come out faster than the RX 480 8 GB in most cases so we could see around 90% (+/- 5%) GPU performance of the 6 GB model on this card. Expect availability in September in various custom models from NVIDIA’s AIB partners.

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 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 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 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 TBD 13th July 2016 10th June 2016 26th October 2017 27th May 2016 2nd August 2016 10th March 2017 6th 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 1050 Rumored To Launch in October – Performance Close to GTX 960 at $149 US?

The second card that has been rumored for launch this year is the GTX 1050. According to IThome, this card will be priced very close to $149 US and will be replacing the GTX 950 which was based on the GM206 GPU. We can not tell if this will feature the GP106 GPU or something else but the site alleges that the card would feature 128 bit bus interface.

Performance wise, the card will hit the performance numbers of the GTX 960 graphics card at a very low price point and with much higher efficiency. We can expect the TDP to be below 100W and just like the 950, we can see some models that don’t require extra power connector. The card will be aimed at the RX 460 which does a well job against the R7 370 from last year. The RX 460 4 GB models ship at price of $119 US+ so we can expect NVIDIA’s model to feature higher performance at a higher price point.

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