The month June was great for AMD. Their release of the Radeon RX480 graphics card has spread like wildfire among the gaming world – and quickly got to many recommendation lists focused at mid-range, $200-$250 GPUs.
To get in the same line, Nvidia has rushed to release a decent competitor to this model – which is now the brand new GPU named the GeForce GTX 1060. Ahead of schedule just so it can ‘steal the show’ of the RX480, the GTX 1060 is the third major release after the famous and excellent GTX 1080 and 1070 models.
So, what does the brand new mid-range GeForce GTX 1060 have to offer?
First and foremost, it packs the same Pascal architecture which is definitely a great thing – and the break-through technology announced by Nvidia this year in the top tier GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 models, and especially the new-gen GTX 980 chip card. Speaking of, the GTX 1060 will have the most similar Pascal architecture to the GTX 980 with the same performance, yet cheaper and more efficient thanks to the latest microarchitecture.
This guarantees a great bang for the buck. The GTX 1060 is built using a 16 nanometer FinFET process and has 1,260 CUDA cores (which is half the number of the GTX 1080), a clock speed of 1.7 GHz, 6 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory as well as a 120W TDP and five display outputs. It includes an HDMI,DVI, and a trio of DisplayPorts.
On the other hand, the GTX 1060 is definitely shorter than the one found in its senior siblings. Although it is not as cool as them, it still extends to the familiar length of around 10 inches which leaves open the potential for the Nvidia hardware partners to come up with their own and more compact cooling methods. The water cooling systems can be the next breakthrough.
So, it is still hard to judge the GTX 1060 at this point – but it definitely looks like it is a great mid-range graphics card. Although there are not at all tests of its performance and power in practice, we can translate these raw numbers into a cheap GPU great for low budgets – and yes, a worthy rival to the AMD RX 480 model.
The global release for the GTX 1060 will be on July 19th, along with the limited Founders Edition for $299 as well.
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