Nvidia Intros GTX 1060 3GB To Take On Two AMD Polaris Cards; No Founders Edition
Nvidia has officially announced the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card. It features the same GP106 graphics core as the GTX 1060 6GB variant, however the GPU has one of the SM units disabled which results in lower CUDA core count. The 3GB model has 1152 CUDA cores compared to 1280 on the full fat GP106 die. The TMU count is also reduced to 72 though ROPs remain the same.
Except that, the 3GB and 6GB GTX 1060 cards are exactly the same. Both have core clock speeds of 1506MHz with 1708MHz boost clock, and feature the same GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 GHz effective clock. Both models sport a 192-bit bus interface with a total cumulative bandwidth of 192 GB/s. Neither version offers support for SLI configuration.
Further, the GTX 1060 3GB has the same 120W TDP and power is delivered via a 6-Pin connector. The card would also retain all the basic features of its elder sibling including DirectX 12 / Vulkan API Support, NVIDIA SMP and ANSEL Support, and VR-Ready gaming performance.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Specs
- Graphics Core – GP106
- Process Node – 16nm FinFET
- CUDA Cores – 1152
- Base Clock – 1518 MHz
- Boost Clock – 1733 MHz
- VRAM – 3 GB GDDR5
- Bus Interface – 192-bit bus
- TDP – 120W
- Launch Price – $199 US
There is however no Founders Edition of this new Pascal card, instead it launches in a range of cards using third party coolers. EVGA and MSI have already announced new graphics cards based on the GTX 1060 design with 3GB of obboard GDDR5 memory.
Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB is set to compete against two AMD Polaris cards, the Radeon RX 470 and the RX 480 4GB variant. Given both Radeon cards have four gig of VRAM, we expect to see a tough competition between these mid-range Pascal and Polaris based cards.
As for the pricing, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB starts at $199 in the US, with a £189 cost in the UK. Nvidia is expected to release the card over the next few weeks.