Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Announced, Available from July 19 Priced at Rs. 22,999

by admin August 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

has announced its new GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, aimed at mainstream gamers.
Graphics cards based on the new GTX 1060 will be available worldwide
from partner companies including Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Zotac on July
19. There will be only one configuration featuring 6GB of GDDR5 RAM.
Pricing in the US is $249 (approximately Rs. 16,858) but the official
price in India has not been announced yet. We can expect it to be considerably higher to account for import duties and distribution

UPDATE, July 8 2016: Nvidia’s recommended pricing for India has been confirmed at Rs. 22,999.

The new GeForce GTX 1060 comes hot on the heels of Nvidia’s
high-end GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs, and seems to be aimed at the same
market segment as AMD’s new Radeon RX 480. The timing of the launch, and
of earlier leaks, could be a direct shot at AMD. Interestingly, the Radeon RX 480 with 4GB of RAM is priced $50 lower in the USA at $199, but AMD’s higher overheads give Nvidia a decisive advantage here in India. However, the GTX
1060’s price could make it less popular than its predecessor, the GTX 960 which sells for under Rs. 18,000.

will benefit from the same Pascal architecture that the GTX 1080 and
GTX 1070 are based on, although the actual GPU is a smaller unit
codenamed GP106, rather than the GP104 which the other two are based on.
The GTX 1060 has 1280 programmable graphics processing units and can
run at up to 1.7GHz when under full load. The 6GB of GDDR5 memory has a
192-bit pathway to the GPU, resulting in memory bandwidth of up to
8Gbps. The maximum power draw is rated at 120W, and cards featuring
Nvidia’s reference cooler will have a single 6-pin PCIe connector.


notably, the GeForce GTX 1060 dispenses with SLI connectors altogether.
Nvidia had de-emphasised SLI with the launch of the GTX 1080 and GTX
, first saying enthusiasts would need a special key to unlock it,
and then limiting it to two cards down from four. Now, the company says
its research shows that only a miniscule number of people ever used SLI
on mid-range cards, and it believes that one GTX 1060 delivers enough
performance on its own.

Nvidia will offer a Founders’ Edition
version of the GTX 1060, but it has a simple plastic
shroud and blower fan rather than the elaborate metal vapour-chamber
cooler that gives the GTX 1080 Founders’ Edition its premium pricing. It
will be available only in France, Germany and the UK, directly through
Nvidia’s online store, priced at EUR 319/GBP 275. Partner companies will offer GTX 1060 cards with
their own custom cooler and PCB designs, not Founders’ Editions with
their own branding, as is the case with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.

1060 cards will have three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs as well as a single
HDMI 2.0b port and one dual-link DVI-D port by default. Partners might
change this arrangement around on their custom designs, with extra HDMI
outputs most likely replacing DisplayPort to allow users to connect a VR
headset and monitor at the same time.


Nvidia’s new Pascal
architecture, which underpins the entire GeForce 10-series, is the
company’s first on a new 16nm process, which results in greatly improved
performance and lower power consumption than previous offerings. Pascal
has also been designed to enable simultaneous multi-projection which
allows for multiple perspectives of the same scene to be rendered in one
pipeline pass, greatly improving performance for VR and multi-monitor
experiences. SMP support is built into the Unreal 4 and Unity engines,
and will be coming to over 30 titles including Obduction, Raw Data,
Unreal Tournament, and Adr1ft.

The company also points out that the
Ansel screen capture feature which debuted with the more expensive cards
is also fully supported, and will debut in July with The Witcher 3:
Wild Hunt and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.

Nvidia promises equal or
greater performance from the GTX 1060 as from last year’s GeForce GTX
980, plus significant overclocking potential. Stay tuned for a full
review once these cards are available in the market.

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