NVIDIA launches the GeForce GTX 1060 video card
The rumors that have been circulating the Internet in the past few days have turned out to be correct – NVIDIA has just launched the mid-range GeForce GTX 1060 video card in order to compete with AMD’s Radeon RX 480, which was released a few days ago. Previously the GTX 1060 was expected in the August-September 2016 timeframe.
Now on to the tech specs of the GTX 1060. The new card is based on the GP106 Pascal GPU and features a 16 nm FinFET production process, 1280 CUDA cores and 6 GB of GDDR5 memory at 8 GHz. The GPU runs at 1506 MHz but reaches 1708 MHz in Turbo mode, while the memory boasts a 192-bit memory bus. NVIDIA says that the GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980 performance at a lower cost and at lower power consumption. For instance, the cheapest GTX 1060 will sell for USD 249. The card also needs just 120W of power, down from the 165W needed by the GTX 980. In addition NVIDIA says that in most popular games of today the GTX 1060 is 15 per cent faster than the Radeon RX 480, while needing 75 per cent less power.
The DirectX 12-enabled GTX 1060 will be in stores on July 19. The card will be sold by companies such as Palit, Zotac, ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA and others.