Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Ready to Take on AMD RX 480, Launching in Early July
The first picture of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 has apparently leaked out on the web, indicating that the new mid-range Pascal-based card is already in production and should hit shelves real soon.
The picture appears to be of a reference design GeForce GTX 1060 featuring the same angular theme implemented on other GTX 10-series Founders Edition cards. From the looks of it, the PCB could be only 70 per cent as long as the whole die-cast aluminum body with the cooler shroud extending beyond it. Though the output ports available and the presence of the power connector are not visible.
If a previous leak is to be believed, the GTX 1060 uses the 16nm FinFET based Pascal GP106 GPU – the same chip which is leveraged by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 AI supercomputer for automobiles. The card could come in two variants, 3GB and 6GB models, with high density ‘GDD(R5)’ memory spread across 192-bit bus interface.
Further, it is likely to use the reference Pascal display configuration of three DVI 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and also a single DVI port.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to deliver performance somewhere between the last gen Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards.
As for the availability, Nvidia has reportedly pushed the launch date of the GTX 1060 forward by a month. The product was originally planned for August, but with AMD aggressively pushing in the mid-range and mainstream sectors, the card could arrive in July around the same time when custom designs of the AMD Radeon RX 480 start hitting the market.
According to a report by DigiTimes, Nvidia is also likely to reduce pricing of their upcoming cards to make them more competitive against the $199 Polaris-based solutions.
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