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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Review

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NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 1060, its third consumer graphics card based on the "Pascal" architecture, which we are reviewing today. We absolutely love the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 this architecture debuted with, but those SKUs are pricier than expected, especially with custom-design cards using the costlier "Founders Edition" pricing instead of NVIDIA's MSRP for those SKUs as a baseline. This is a problem as NVIDIA had nothing new below the $380 mark.

AMD recently launched the Radeon RX 480 priced at $229. It offers performance at least on par with $350 SKUs from the previous generation, presenting an attractive option for people still gaming on 1080p or even 1440p with moderate details. This caused NVIDIA to accelerate the launch of its GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card from its rumored Fall 2016 launch.

NVIDIA is pricing the GeForce GTX 1060 at a surprising $249 price point, which is just $20 more than the Radeon RX 480 8 GB. Its Founders Edition reference-design SKU, which we are reviewing today, is priced at a $50 premium, at $299. We hope custom-design boards orbit at around the $249 MSRP and not the $299 GTX 1060 Founders Edition price, although we expect them to start somewhere between those two price points instead.

The GeForce GTX 1060 is based on the third ASIC derived from the "Pascal" architecture, the GP106. Built on the 16 nm FinFET process, this chip features 4.4 billion transistors and a die area of just 200 mm². It features exactly half as many shaders as the GP104, although its memory interface is just 33% narrower. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector and its TDP is rated at just 120W.

The GTX 1060 is endowed with 1,280 CUDA cores spread across ten streaming multiprocessors, 80 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 1506 MHz, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1709 MHz, and the memory runs at 8 Gbps, belting out 192 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

NVIDIA is claiming performance figures for the GeForce GTX 1060 that match the GeForce GTX 980 from the previous generation. This is interesting because the GTX 980 not only plays everything at 1080p, but is also very capable at 1440p. In a way, NVIDIA is bringing high-detail 1440p gaming to the masses.

GeForce GTX 1060 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 960
R9 380X
R9 390
GTX 970
RX 480
R9 390X
GTX 780 Ti
GTX 980
GTX 1060
Radeon R9
Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX Titan X
GTX 1070
Shader Units10242048256016642304281628802048128035844096281630721920
Graphics ProcessorGM206TongaHawaiiGM204EllesmereHawaiiGK110GM204GP106FijiFijiGM200GM200GP104
Memory Size2 GB4 GB8 GB4 GB4 GB / 8 GB8 GB3 GB4 GB6 GB4 GB4 GB6 GB12 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width128 bit256 bit512 bit256 bit256 bit512 bit384 bit256 bit192 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock1127 MHz+970 MHz1000 MHz1051 MHz+1120 - 1266 MHz1050 MHz876 MHz+1126 MHz+1506 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+1000 MHz+1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1753 MHz1425 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz
Price$170$210$260$265$199 / $229$310$390$360$249 / $299$530$600$440$1150$379 / $449
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