Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Reference PCB Not Suitable for Aftermarket Coolers
New images have emerged online which show that the GeForce GTX 1060 reference PCB features the PCIe 6-pin extension which apparently makes it inappropriate for aftermarket coolers and water blocks.
Nvidia brought forward the launch of its mid-range GeForce GTX 1060 to rival AMD’s Radeon RX 480. The company claims that the graphics card is faster than a GeForce GTX 960 at a price that would be half the 980’s launch MSRP. This means the GTX 1060 should also be faster than the Radeon RX 480 which offers performance comparable to the GTX 970.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is set to launch worldwide on July 19 at a starting price of $249 for the custom models and $299 for the Founders Edition which will be the reference model. As we’re nearing by the launch date, more details about this new Pascal card are hitting the web. According to a new report, the GTX 1060 reference PCB uses a PCIe extension so it won’t be suitable for water cooling or aftermarket coolers.
In other words, if you’re using a traditional full cover water block, you would either be left without a usable power connection, or with a PCIe extension cable hanging off the end of a watercooled GPU.
Nvidia will offer the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition as a limited edition GPU that will be sold to an extremely small userbase. In an attempt to provide the best user experience with this reference card, Nvidia has opted for unique design considerations for the power connection, giving users a more optimal location for the PCIe even that requires sacrificing compatibility with non-stock air coolers and water blocks.
Specs-wise, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is built using the latest 16nm FinFET Pascal architecture. The card sports the GP106 GPU featuring 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs. It has 6GB of GDDR5 memory spread across a 192-bit bus interface, delivering a total bandwidth of 192 GB/s.
The GTX 1060 features the highest boost clock speed of 1.7 GHz which is easily overclocked to 2 GHz and beyond. The TDP is rated at just 120W and power is provided through a single 6-pin connector. The card has three Display Port 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and also a single DVI port.