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Nvidia officially announces the GTX 1060

Nvidia is expanding its Pascal line-up of graphics cards today with the launch of the GTX 1060, promising GTX 980-level performance with doubled power efficiency for those on a tighter budget. We have been hearing quite a bit about the GTX 1060 through rumours in recent weeks but today, Nvidia has revealed all of the official details.

The GTX 1060 comes equipped with 1280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps and a boost core clock of 1.7GHz. Apparently the GTX 1060 will also be a decent overclocker, with mentions of it hitting the 2GHz mark easily with some manual tweaking.

GTX 1060

Aside from the jump in performance, there are other advantages to the Pascal architecture, with new features like Ansel and Simultaneous multi-projection. The former is a powerful game capture tool that is capable of taking ultra high-resolution screenshots while the latter allows Pascal GPUs to project a single image simultaneously to both eyes, generating a big performance boost in VR titles. You can read more about the benefits of the Pascal architecture and the new features it brings to the table, HERE.

The GTX 1060 is launching on the 19th of July, with partner boards from the likes of Asus, MSI, EVGA, Gigabyte and more starting at $249.99. However, Nvidia will also be doing a limited edition run of ‘Founder’s Edition’ GTX 1060 graphics cards, which will start at $299.99. Unlike the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, these Founder’s Edition cards will only be available through Nvidia’s own store.

KitGuru Says: The GTX 1060 is now official, though it will be a little while before we see reviews land on the web. Are any of you currently planning a GPU upgrade? 

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  • Lucas

    So probably slightly more powerful and slightly more expensive than AMD´s 480. If both deliver smooth 1080p gaming, I would say the 480 would still be the best choice. Why pay for more power you probably won´t use?

  • WiNG

    I liked the RX480, but I am liking this one better now. I am totally unconcerned for the VR tweaks, I am not interested in the technology at this stage, but the slightly better performance at 1080p over the RX480 for a minimal difference seems worth it if you do not like swapping your GFX every year and a half

  • RustyFukkit

    $50 more, 2gb less memory, a very small difference in power.. i’ll take the 480 and put the $50 into better cpu/ram/cooling

  • Георги Вълчанов

    So basically the reference design, which we all know provides worse cooling will be more expensive than the card with better cooling solution? Good that the RX 480 was introduced, otherwise this particular card would be way above the $300 mark.

  • Maurice Fortin

    The thing is, Nvidia will not do much of anything to boos this cards supposed performance in the long term if it is already supposedly 980 level cause that will bring it far to close to 980Ti which means 1070, they will not castrate their own sales. so the RX 480 IMO is still the better choice as 2gb more memory for around the same price AND its Radeon AND likely performance in say 6mth time will be much better then current at reduced power/temps as well due to very top of the line power circuitry.

    If you like Nvidia, go ahead, Nvidia was rushed into pushing this out, which is ok, cause they left glaring holes in the mid to low end for users, time will tell, the only thing I like about Nvidia is them snazzy looking “new” coolers.

  • grumpytrooper

    That is far too expensive. No-one in their right mind would buy that with the 480 being so cheap……And this is coming from a person who hasn’t owned an AMD GPU in over 10 years.

  • V Vaidas Narijauskas

    Have you seen the issues the 480 has with power? Especially when some reviewers don’t want to over clock it because of how much power it draws from motherboard….. Plus over all it drains much more than advertised when combining the PCIe power consumption and the one from a PSU, or you can use a fix by under volting the 480 and potentially under clocking it…. And their new drivers are shifting some of the power consumption onto the 6 pin connector, which I hope you have a nicely rated PSU otherwise you might be running into issues over there… Anyways, there’s more about it, just look up some reviews on 480s power consumption and how it interacts with it as with some mobos it can go over the advised limit of consumption from the PCIe

  • taisser tiao

    Psus of standard 2.2 and up can easily deal with that load. Psus from the last 6 years that is.

  • taisser tiao

    Oh nvidia. If only they didn’t pretend to act like the founders 3dition card would mean no AIBS will sell a 1060 at $250

  • Bulmez Alexandru

    You are actualy comparing it to the 8gb model of rx 480 which is 240$. So only 10$ difference for 10-20% performance boost + we are talking here about the reference rx 480 against custom cooling solution for the gtx 1060 at the 250$ mark.

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  • WhiteSkyMage

    I don’t see how is this a problem. Are you so worried that your power bill would rise too high or that your MB/PSU will be damaged? Let’s be realistic here – first of all, POWER IS CHEAP! 2nd – Until now, NOBODY has complained about damaged mobo or power suppy. And 3rd – As long as it performs better or on par with the 1060, it’s worth it.

    I do not understand why are people taking power consumption so seriously. It does NOT matter! I personally want a card from AMD that beats the next Titan P, even at the cost of 500W TDP.

  • rocky40

    Looks like a nice card but it is just a paper launch to make
    ripples in the pond to try to cut AMD sales down which shows Nvidia did
    not plan to release this card most likely until mid to end of august. I
    also would like to note that if it does have 48 ROP’s this is a good
    thing and is also pretty much what AMD should have done with the RX 480
    was to give it 48 ROP’s which would have balanced it’s performance out a
    lot in more games. I guess a 8 pin power plug would have been a good
    move as well..lol

  • Christopher Sellard

    um the 8 gig modle is 240. so what 10 buck’s more lol.

  • A) That was only happening in extreme cases that are just silly cases to even test with a RX-480. Seriously, why would you even want to try a 480 using 4K resolution on any game let alone a memory intensive one like Metro: Last Light?

    B) The driver update actually reduces power load and provides a slight performance increase – while also offering an additional power reduction option to consumers. That is pretty impressive for a driver that they made in just a few days.

    C) PCI-E actually has a over and under draw limit of +/- 9%, which the excess power draw of the RX-480 is within, so the problem has been blown out of proportion.

    D) The problem only exists in come cards, not all of them. In fact given how small the issue really is, I doubt that any partner cards (which are always the better value than reference cards) will have the issue.

  • In that case I would go with AMD, since AMD cards gain more over time from driver based improvements whereas eventually Nvidia gimp their cards via drivers to sell more of their new cards. Or at best stop adding improvements to old cards well before AMD do. So *IF* the cards are close I would expect the RX-480 to be more future proof.

  • Lucas

    That argument could also be used to buy a 1070, or 1080. Question is, do the additional costs justify the slight additional future proofing.