Friday, August 19th 2016

GIGABYTE Releases GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Cards with 3GB Memory

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the addition of the 3GB models to its GeForce GTX 1060 lineup. Delivering brilliant performance and power efficiency, the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 graphics card equipped with 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory will be available in gamers' favorite G1 GAMING, dual-fan WINDFORCE OC, and compactly-built Mini ITX OC Edition, providing a wide range of factory overclocked solutions for the budget conscious gamers.

The GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 3GB ups the ante with Super Overclocked GPU, the signature WINDFORCE technology, and RGB Illumination for those who crave superior cooling and overclocking capability. Through GIGABYTE's GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in the G1 GAMING cards push the overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The highest-grade components augmented with 6+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.
The WINDFORCE 2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans with the unique blade design and composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, together keeping the card cool and quiet even when heavily overclocked. The semi-passive fans remain off when the system is running at low load or idle. An LED fan indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The card brings vibrancy to PC builds with its full-spectrum RGB and lighting effects that can be customized using the newly developed XTREME Engine utility software. At rear, a sleek-looking metal back plate adds rigidity and protection to the card. The smart power LED indicator helps to ensure the system stability at all times in case of any power abnormality.

GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 3GB
The GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 3GB comes with a solid backplate and runs sufficiently cool and quiet with the help of WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring two semi-passive 90mm fans, a pure copper composite heat pipe with direct touch to GPU, and unique blade fan design. Alternate spinning fans further reduce turbulence to a minimum. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can enjoy smooth gaming right away with a simple click of the button to overclock the card without the hassle of any manual adjustment.

GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB
Measuring 17cm in length, the small form factor GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB is perfect for building compact gaming rigs or HTPC. Equipped with a pair of 8mm composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to GPU and a single 90mm unique-blade fan with semi-passive cooling, the custom-designed cooler can dissipate heat effectively, while maintaining remarkably quiet even under loads. The card is built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output.

For more information, visit the product pages of the GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB, GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 3GB, and GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 3GB.
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12 Comments on GIGABYTE Releases GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Cards with 3GB Memory

#1
lanlagger
I wanna see a reviews of this 3GB... I bet it is like RX 480 (4GB vs 8GB) - hardly a single fps advantage, but a hefty price advantage....
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evernessince
lanlagger said:
I wanna see a reviews of this 3GB... I bet it is like RX 480 (4GB vs 8GB) - hardly a single fps advantage, but a hefty price advantage....
There are two problems with your prediction. 1st, the 4 and 8 GB RX 480 have the same number of stream processors. The GTX 1060 3 GB has 11% less CUDA cores than the 1060 6 GB and not only cut down in Memory but also processing power. The second problem is that there was a significant different between the 4 GB and 8 GB RX 480s on ultra textures or at a resolution greater than 1080p. The 1060 will strictly be a 1080p card and at that it might even struggle, especially in newer games that will require more than 4 GB of vRAM to run without stutter. A shortage a vRAM may not show in the FPS but you can bet your bottom if you have an FPS over time chart you will see a spiky FPS.
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FrodBonzi
evernessince said:
There are two problems with your prediction. 1st, the 4 and 8 GB RX 480 have the same number of stream processors. The GTX 1060 3 GB has 11% less CUDA cores than the 1060 6 GB and not only cut down in Memory but also processing power. The second problem is that there was a significant different between the 4 GB and 8 GB RX 480s on ultra textures or at a resolution greater than 1080p. The 1060 will strictly be a 1080p card and at that it might even struggle, especially in newer games that will require more than 4 GB of vRAM to run without stutter. A shortage a vRAM may not show in the FPS but you can bet your bottom if you have an FPS over time chart you will see a spiky FPS.
Except that the 4gb and 8gb 480s initially released were EXACTLY the same... the 4GB models simply had different firmware that tricked your computer into thinking it only had 4gb.... Google for the way to "change" your 4gb card to an 8gb card :)
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#4
evernessince
FrodBonzi said:
Except that the 4gb and 8gb 480s initially released were EXACTLY the same... the 4GB models simply had different firmware that tricked your computer into thinking it only had 4gb.... Google for the way to "change" your 4gb card to an 8gb card :)
usually when someone says "except" they are going to try to disprove your point. You are off topic. You are taking one small sample of RX 480s and trying to apply it to my example of all RX 480s. It's like saying all haystacks will have needles because this one does.
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#5
D007
3 gb sounds gimped to me.
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#6
ppn
This card is of similar performance as GTX 780Ti 3GB. I never had any stutter on 1440p noAA 60 FPS just below 3GB. The test in rise of the tomb raider shows me that 1080p produces 50% more frames while filling 300MB less compared to 1440p, same settings. So I guess 1080p will struggle much more than 1440p if that makes any sense, since the quality of textures can be upped more hitting the 3GB mark.
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#7
Recon-UK
These 3GB cards will have to be priced VERY competitively to be of any effect to RX 470.
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#8
Chloe Price
D007 said:
3 gb sounds gimped to me.
Nah, didn't sound gimped when 780/780Ti were the thing, doesn't sound gimped when it's a mid-end card in this 1060's case.


That WF2X model costs ~250eur here in Finland, which isn't even bad IMO.
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alucasa
9700 Pro said:
Nah, didn't sound gimped when 780/780Ti were the thing, doesn't sound gimped when it's a mid-end card in this 1060's case.


That WF2X model costs ~250eur here in Finland, which isn't even bad IMO.
..., Is your avatar from Yandere sim?
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#10
ppn
I wish gigabyte will think of including spare fans, and the fins of the heat sink should be oriented to exhaust the air from the case, not to keep it inside. Now with this 17cm dodgy, it looks more like 15x17cm to me, square shaped, so kind of defies the idea of ITX to be really compact. I'm sorry to be too critical now, it's just my impressions.

And 1060 1152 edition when OC will reach 1280 levels of performance, 470 and 480 are much slower than that by 10-30, so the price adjustments - more like -30% and -10% on the AMD side.
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#11
Chloe Price
alucasa said:
..., Is your avatar from Yandere sim?
Yep. :D
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#12
Octavean
I've seen a few of these for sale already and the odd part is that they were actually in stock. The not so odd part is that they were about ~$30 USD more then they should be.
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