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Nvidia Disables SLI On GTX 1060 3GB Cards

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Jul 3, 2016
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As we approach the July 7th launch date for Nvidia’s upcoming GTX 1060 we’re seeing more and more information about the card leak. The latest comes from a Polish technology outlet PurePC, who’s editor revealed that GTX 1060 samples have been sent out to reviewers.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is set to launch on July 7th, giving reviewers approximately 3-4 days to conduct their testing. Which is more than sufficient but notably significantly shorter than the lead time Nvidia gave reviewers with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Perhaps lending some credence to the notion that Nvidia may have pushed the launch ahead to compete with the just released RX 480.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Comes In 6GB & 3GB Configurations – SLI Disabled On The 3GB Version

Additionally, VCZ reports that there are two variants of the GTX 1060, the more affordable of the two won’t support SLI. It’s believed that in a similar fashion to what AMD has done with the RX 480, the GTX 1060 will launch with two memory variations. These will be 6GB and 3GB, given the card’s 192-bit memory interface.  It’s not yet clear whether the two variants of the GTX 1060 will differ in other ways besides the memory configuration. However, it’s been reported that the two versions don’t even share the same driver codenames, unlike the 4GB & 8GB variants of the RX 480.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Official Specifications
Furthermore, it’s said that the likely reason SLI support has been disabled on the 3GB variant is to not affect sales of the higher end GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. Which hints at the potential performance of the GTX 1060 coming in at approximately half that of the GTX 1080.


This makes sense considering that the GTX 1060 has a similar boost clock speed to the 1080,  exactly half the number of CUDA and 60% of the memory bandwidth. So we’re likely looking at the GTX 1060 delivering roughly ~55% of the GTX 1080’s performance. Depending on how taxing a given game is on the memory subsystem we could see that figure go up or down. Which interestingly is exactly where AMD’s RX 480 currently falls-in compared to the 1080. So we’re set up for an extremely close race here between the 1060 and the 480.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Listed By Korean Retailer

Before we close this off there’s one additional interesting bit reported by our friends over at videocardz. A Korean retailer announced a new promotion on GTX 1000 series. The promo includes a free copy of Overwatch with the purchase of select Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. Among those cards is the yet unannounced GTX 1060.

GeForce-GTX-1060

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

 

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