Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Features Cut Down Version of GP106 GPU, Priced at $149
New details about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB version have surfaced on the web, which suggest that it could feature lower CUDA core count and a few other changes than the 6GB model.
According to a new report from BenchLife, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB sports 1152 CUDA cores against a total of 1280 cores on the 6GB version. Actually, the GPU has one of its 10 SM units disabled which results in a lower core count however, other specifications like the memory bus-width and bandwidth remain the same.
The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is based on the cut down GP106-300-A1 core, and could rival the Radeon RX 470 from AMD which features the cut down Polaris 10 GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 memory. If the report is to be believed, Nvidia could unveil the 3GB variant in mid-August at a price point of $149 for the custom cards, and the Founders Edition at $199.
The GTX 1060 6GB version is set to launch worldwide on July 19 at $249 MSRP, while the Founders Edition will be available for a price of $299. The card is based on the 14nm FinFET Pascal architecture featuring 1280 CUDA cores and 80 TMUs. It has the highest boost clock speed of 1.7 GHz which could be overclocked to 2GHz and beyond.
In terms of memory configuration, the GDDR5 memory is clocked at 8 GHz, and paired with a 192-bit bus interface, delivers a total of 192 GB/s bandwidth. The TDP is rated at just 120W and power is provided through a single 6 Pin connector.
Nvidia claims that the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB packs the power of a GTX 980 making it about 15% faster than AMD’s Radeon RX 480.