Everything you need to know about NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

On July 7, NVIDIA introduced their new generation Pascal GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. According to the manufacturer, the performance should be at the level of the GTX 980. In this article we will tell you all the latest information about this graphics card.

Appearance and cooling

Difference between 6 GB and 3 GB versions

We now know that there will also be a 3GB version. So will the new card differ only in memory size? Not. This card uses the GP160-300-A1 chip, while the 6GB version is equipped with the GP106-400-A1 chip. This card has fewer stream processors and other computing units, since 1 out of 10 clusters is disabled here. Apparently, the company has accumulated a lot of defective chips per cluster, which contributed to the decision to release a 3 GB version. And of course, the price will differ. The 3GB version will cost $ 149 instead of $ 249.

Comparison with competitors and representatives of the Pascal generation

Here we will present you a table where we will compare the new model with competitors in the form of the Radeon RX 480 and GTX 980 and other Pascal representatives (GTX 1070, GTX 1080, TITAN X). We also recommend looking at the mobile version of the GTX 1060 in laptops.

Comparison Chart for GTX 1060RX 480GTX 980GTX 1060 (3GB) GTX 1060GTX 1070GTX 1080

Chip Polaris 10 XT GM204 GP106 GP106 GP104 GP104
Technical process 14 Nm FinFET 28 Nm 16 Nm FinFET 16 Nm FinFET 16 Nm FinFET 16 Nm FinFET
Transistors, billion 5.7 5.2 4.4 4.4 7.2 7.2
Stream Processors 2304 2048 1152 1280 1920 2560
Core frequency, MHz 1120 (1266) 1126 (1216) 1506 (1708) 1506 (1708) 1507 (1685) 1607 (1733)
Bus width, bit 256 256 192 192 256 256
Effective memory frequency, MHz 8000 7012 8000 8000 8000 10000
Memory bandwidth, GB / s 256 224 192 192 256 320
Nutrition 6 pin 6 + 6 pin 6 pin 6 pin 8 pin 8 pin
TDP, W 150 165 120 120 150 180
Performance, GFLOPS (FP32) 5161 4612 ~ 3470 3855 5783 8228
Price at the time of release 200 $ / 230 $ 550 $ $ 150 250 $ 380 $ 600 $

Performance and positioning

NVIDIA markets this model with the motto: “The power of the GTX 980 for every gamer. The new video card will receive all the technologies that were presented for Pascal, such as a new 16 nm process from TSMC, GPU Boost 3.0, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA VRWorks Audio, and others (details about these technologies are available on the links). Thanks to all this, the video adapter will be great for VR.

The press release said that in many popular games (BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront, Witcher 3, Ashes of the Singularity, The Division), the GTX 1060 is on average 15% faster and 75% more economical than its main competitor AMD Radeon RX 480, compared to base frequencies. But AMD has a price advantage.

As for the 3 GB version, it is made to compete with AMD pre-computers, i.e. with Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470, this version will have a lower price.

Also at the moment it became known that FE (reference card) is well chased up to a psychological value of 2 GHz. At the same time, the chip temperature is only 74 ° C, and the turbine rotation speed is 61% of the maximum.


On July 19, the validity period of the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) disappeared and we learned the test results of the new brainchild from NVIDIA. These links provide text reviews from 3DNews and IXBT.

To summarize, in synthetics, the GTX 1060 in the 6 GB version is between the GTX 970 and the GTX 980, and is closer to the GTX 980. But the gaming tests show that the new card is very close in performance to the GTX 980 at stock frequencies and overclocked GTX 970 (GTX 1060 is still faster).

Which processor will power the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060?

Judging by the test results, it turns out that this video card is well suited for 1980 x 1080 at maximum graphics settings and its stock in this operating mode will be enough for future gaming projects. Also, the card should handle VR well. To unleash its potential in most games at maximum graphics settings, you will need an Intel Core i5-4430 or higher or AMD FX-8300 with a frequency higher than 4 GHz (all AMD FX-83XX and 9XXX processors are the same processor at different frequencies , so you can just overclock the youngest to the required frequencies). But for the full disclosure of the video card in all gaming projects, you will already need a processor of the Intel Core i5-6500 level.

Release date and prices

The card was officially released on July 19.
The 6GB Founders Edition (reference design) will retail for $ 299, while the other vendor options are $ 249. The 3GB version will retail for $ 149 and will be released in mid-August.

And in the comments, write how you like the new product from “Green”, and on which side are you in the confrontation between GTX 1060 vs RX 480?

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