Mid-range Nvidia Pascal GTX 1060 May Not Debut at Computex, Launch expected in Autumn 2016
With the launch of the Nvidia Pascal GTX 1000 series graphics cards only a few weeks away, rumors around the next gen GPU architecture are now making rounds almost every single day. According to the latest whispers, Nvidia could launch their first mid-range consumer graphics cards based on the GP106 silicon some time in Autumn 2016 (late Q3-early Q4).
The report comes from Sweclockers, which claims that the chip maker is currently focused on the high-end segment, where it will launch GP104 GPU based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. This might however delay its plans to release the next gen mid-range cards, including the alleged GTX 1050 and GTX 1060.
Until then, Nvidia will continue to push the GTX 960 and GTX 950 in the budget segment.
Based on the structural configuration of NVIDIA’s big GP100 silicon, and assuming the GP106 has two graphics processing clusters (GPCs), one can expect the GPU to feature a CUDA core count of around 1,280.
Further, Nvidia won’t opt for new power connectors for the GP106-based soutions, which means they will retain low power requirements as do the current gen Maxwell cards.
The next gen Nvidia Pascal architecture is built on 16nm FinFET process technology and is expected to enable a much reduced power consumption, as well as 2x performance per watt improvement over Maxwell.
As for the pricing, the next gen mid-range Pascal graphics cards could be aimed at the sub-$250 budget segment.
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