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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6GB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6GB

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6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

The arrival of NVIDIA's latest-generation Pascal architecture has given enthusiasts new ammunition in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The powerhouse duo sit atop NVIDIA's consumer product line offering cutting-edge performance and plenty of bragging rights, yet such prowess rarely comes cheap and the two top-tier cards are out of reach of the mainstream consumer.

Hoping to expand the reach of Pascal while simultaneously suppressing the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 480, NVIDIA is now gearing up to launch the third-rung GeForce GTX 1060.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

Introduced in both reference Founders Edition form and with partner boards arriving at the same time, July 17, the GeForce GTX 1060 will be priced from $249, making it massively cheaper than the existing GeForce GTX 1070.

A liberal cut in cost intimates a sizeable reduction in specification, and as expected, Nvidia's new 200mm² die, codenamed GP106, is understandably hamstrung compared to GTX 1080's GP104. The number of shaders has been chopped in half, from 2,560 to 1,280, while base and boost clocks have been shaved to 1,506MHz and 1,708MHz, respectively.

  GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980 GeForce GTX 970
Launch date May 2016 May 2016 July 2016 September 2014 September 2014
Codename GP104 GP104 GP106 GM204 GM204
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Maxwell Maxwell
Process (nm) 16 16 16 28 28
Transistors (bn) 7.2 7.2 4.4 5.2 5.2
Die Size (mm²) 314 314 200 398 398
Core Clock (MHz) 1,607 1,506 1,506 1,126 1,050
Boost Clock (MHz) 1,733 1,683 1,708 1,216 1,178
Shaders 2,560 1,920 1,280 2,048 1,664
GFLOPS 8,873 6,463 4,372 4,981 3,920
Memory Size 8GB 8GB 6GB 4GB 4GB
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Clock 10Gbps 8Gbps 8Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 320 256 192 224 224
Power Connector 8-pin 8-pin 6-pin 6-pin + 6-pin 6-pin + 6-pin
TDP (watts) 180 150 120 165 145
SLI support Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Launch MSRP $699 $449 $299 $549 $329

Such cuts are to be expected at this price point, yet Nvidia keeps the GPU well fed with 6GB of GDDR5 memory hooked-up via a 192-bit bus. Given that the Pascal architecture excels in efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1060 is able to put forth 4,372GFLOPS of performance in a 120W package requiring just a single six-pin power connector.

According to NVIDIA, GeForce GTX 1060 will deliver "GTX 980 performance at 2x energy efficiency. " We await reviews to see if those claims hold true, but all early indications suggest that the latest addition to the GeForce GTX 10-series range may have the upper hand over the rival AMD Radeon RX 480.

There is no SLI support this time around, however, as NVIDIA keeps the multi-GPU mojo for the higher-performing GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. What we can expect from the GTX 1060, going by the specifications, is excellent performance at 1080p in all of today's best-looking games. This is a real console-killing graphics card.


NVIDIA's 16nm Pascal architecture is about to become significantly more accessible with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 1060, priced from $249. Arriving as the first mainstream addition to the GTX 10-series product line, NVIDIA's latest will attempt to offer best-in-class performance in a modern, forward-looking and highly efficient form factor.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

A wide range of GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards will, of course, be available to purchase at Scan Computers.