Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB vram will be available from July 19th

Nvidia has announced the GeForce GTX 1060. The video card has a Pascal GPU with 1280 cuda cores and a 192-bit wide memory bus. The midrange video card, which does not support sli, performs equal to the GTX 980, according to Nvidia.

Nvidia bases the GTX 1060 on a smaller version of the Pascal GPU. The GPU, which goes through life as GP106, has 1280 cuda cores. That is exactly half the number of cores on the GTX 1080. With 1.7GHz, the maximum boost speed is equal to that of the GTX 1070. According to Nvidia, the GPU speed of the GTX 1060 can ‘easily’ be overclocked to 2GHz.

There is 6GB of gddr5 memory, with a speed of 2000MHz, which results in a data throughput rate of 8Gbit/s. The total memory bandwidth is 192GB/s due to the use of a 192bit wide bus. Before the announcement, there were rumors that Nvidia would also come with a 3GB model, but the manufacturer has only announced a GTX 1060 with 6GB of ram. Nvidia does say it is considering releasing other variants of the card at a later date. A GTX 1060 3GB therefore seems a possibility for the future.

Nvidia states that the GTX 1060 delivers comparable performance to the GTX 980. However, the new video card is more economical with a TDP of 120 watts. Nvidia’s Founders Edition features a single six-pin power plug. It is not possible to create a sli setup from two GTX 1060 cards; the required connector for a slip bridge is missing.

No reviews of the GTX 1060 have been published yet, but benchmarks have already leaked out in recent days. 3DMark results show that Nvidia’s midrange model is ten percent faster than AMD’s RX 480 in the synthetic benchmark. Tests will show how the two video cards compare to each other in games.

The GeForce GTX 1060 will go on sale worldwide on July 19. As with the GTX 1080 and 1070, Nvidia is releasing a “Founders Edition” with reference design for a suggested retail price of $299. In contrast to the more expensive video cards, only Nvidia itself releases such an FE and this version will only be for sale directly through the manufacturer. Nvidia itself does not sell video cards in the Benelux.

Other manufacturers are making their own designs and those variants will be available for purchase immediately upon release on July 19, starting at $249, Nvidia said. Asus, Evga, Gainward, Galax, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac, among others, come with their own versions.

Recommended Euro prices have not yet been announced. Converted including VAT, the dollar prices come down to 272 and 327 euros. The actual euro price may be higher, which is currently also the case with the GTX 1080 and 1070.

Update 16.55: Nvidia has announced the suggested euro retail price of the GTX 1060. According to the video card maker, prices will start at 279 euros. This is probably the simplest models with a blower cooler. Nvidia sells its own Founders Editon for 319 euros, but it is not delivered in the Benelux.

Video card RX 480 GTX 980 GTX 1060 GTX 1070 GTX 1080
GPU Polaris 10 GM204 GP106 GP104-200 GP104-400
Process 14nm finfet 28nm 16nm finfet 16nm finfet 16nm finfet
cores 2304 2048 1280 1920 2560
base clock 1120MHz 1126MHz 1506MHz 1506MHz 1607MHz
boost clock 1266MHz 1216MHz 1708MHz 1683MHz 1733MHz
Vram 4/8GB gddr5 4GB gddr5 6GB gddr5 8GB gddr5 8GB gddr5x
Memory bus 256bit 256bit 192bit 256bit 256bit
Bandwidth 224/256GB/s 224GB/s 192GB/s 256GB/s 320GB/s
tdp 150W 165W 120W 150W 180W
1x 6pin 2x 6 pin 1x 6 pin 1x 8 pin 1x 8 pin
Price €219/269 ~ €400 from € 279 ~ €500 from ~ € 700