Rumors Regarding GTX 1060 3GB Emerge As 6GB Version Approaches Launch
Even before its official announcement, there have been rumors that Nvidia’s upcoming budget GPU, GTX 1060 will have two versions, one with 6GB of memory and the other with 3GB. Since then the rumors have only been further solidified. Even Nvidia’s manufacturing partners have been saying that they are working on a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB version based on the Pascal architecture.
According to a recent report, the GP106 chip will have a single streaming microprocessor lopped off. This will result in it delivering 1152 CUDA cores instead of the 1280 cores in the 6GB version which is expected to launch on July 19th.
There are however even reports that Nvidia has actually completely abandoned the plans for the GTX 1060 3GB version. According to an ‘industry insider’ of TweakTown, the GPU manufacturer will now be shipping the 3GB version as GTX 1050 instead of a 1060 with slightly lower specs.
Judging by the small number of cores removed from the 3GB version, it feels weird to release an entry level GPU like 1050 which on paper will have specs pretty close to the mainstream GPU except for the video memory.
But then again creating a GTX 1060 3GB also makes no sense considering the game requirements these days and the fact that 1060 will be the mainstream GPU used by most gamers for 1080p performance. Even AMD has a minimum of 4GB in their mainstream RX 480 graphics card.
Hopefully with the launch of 6GB version of GTX 1060, Nvidia might make these rumors clear.
The GTX 1060 will be available in 238 countries starting on July 19th. Custom cards built by Nvidia’s partners such as EVGA and MSI will start from a very lucrative $249 price tag. Considering the price of RX 480 8GB model is at $239, this is going to be really tough battle for those looking for a 1080p upgrade over the summer.
The GTX 1060 will feature a 192-bit memory bus, 6GB of GDDR5 memory and a base clock of 1506MHz. It is built using 16nm FinFET process and on Nvidia GP106 chip.