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Nvidia launches the 3GB GTX 1060

Back before the GTX 1060 launched, we did hear whispers of a cheaper, 3GB version of the card and today, Nvidia officially launched it. Going forward, if you don’t quite have the budget for a 6GB GTX 1060, then you can pick up the slightly cut down 3GB version for £189.99.

There are a couple of differences between the 6GB and 3GB GTX 1060, as they use slightly different configurations. Memory and clock speeds between the two cards remain the same but the 6GB GTX 1060 features 1280 CUDA Cores, while the 3GB GTX 1060 features 1152.


Nvidia won’t be offering additional frame buffer options for either GTX 1060 going forward, these will be the only two versions. Retail availability should hit in the next few weeks with prices starting at £189.99, though partner cards with custom coolers could end up costing more.

A new Game Ready driver will be coming today too, adding in support for this new GTX 1060.

KitGuru Says: We don’t know how much of a performance gap there will be between these two GPUs just yet so it will be interesting to see comparisons and reviews. Would you be tempted to go with the 3GB GTX 1060 at its proposed price point? Do you think there is enough of a gap between it and the 6GB version?

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  • Billynolegs

    Why the ambiguity with 2x 1060 versions, it’s just the “titan x” debacle all over again.

    It has cut down cores and half the ram of the current 1060, it’s not the same card in essence. Feels like shady marketing. Call it a 1050 / 1050ti or w/e you want, but don’t literally have 2x 1060 cards with notably different specs.

  • Maurice Fortin

    especially when their mobile variants are NOT cut as such. might be binning and yields etc, but that is Nvidia problem, should not be customers problem, 1060-1060Ti would make sense as at least this way here they can do 3-6gb for both offering and different clock speeds etc.

    Hate Nvidia have for many years now for many reasons, this move by them is just shaddy as hell as the mentioned mobile part, this does not happen, hell the mobile 1070 is even more potent then the desktop variant lol guess this is where they will start charging premiums to make up for what they were not or unable for desktop wise Nvidia “the way we played you”

  • Mike

    It’s not a huge difference in power, and the price is cheaper, and this is an attractive card for me being I won’t be gaming in 4k or vr for years yet.

  • Keyser Söze

    1152 CUDA cores, 72 Texture Units, and a 3GB framebuffer.