Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Announcement

While many industry insiders were not expecting to see the new GeForce GTX 1060 Pascal based video card until August, NVIDIA has decided that the market is ripe for its newest "mid-level" GPU, the GP106. And if you think NVIDIA may not have its ducks all in line, reviewers already have Founders Edition samples in hand.

GeForce GTX 1060

Just the facts ma'am...

The GTX 1060 has been crafted for speed and optimized for performance per watt. Manufactured on the leading-edge FinFET 16nm process, the GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980-level performance and twice the energy efficiency in VR. It consumes only 120 watts of power while driving the latest VR and DirectX 11/12 PC games at blistering speeds

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As the elusive GTX 1060 goes I think the above graphics outline what everyone is wanting to know. The GTX 1060 is faster than the GTX 980, which of course we will put to the test in realworld gaming in our upcoming review. The GTX 1060 will have an MSRP of $249. The GTX 1060 is not a cut down version of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 chip, the GP104, it is rather a smaller less expensive chip, the GP106.

Pascal is Back

The GP106 is based on the Pascal architecture, like the larger die size GP104. 16nm Finfet process with GDDR5 memory.

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Cuda cores on the GP106 come in at 1,280 with a Boost clock of 1.7GHz. The GTX 1060 will come with a reference memory footprint of 6GB with a memory throughput of 8Gbps. Given how efficient the GTX 1080 and 1070 are, it should come as no surprise that the GTX 1060 will have a TDP rating of 120 watts that utilizes one 6-pin PCIe power connector. NVIDIA has told us that the GTX 1060 can overclock just as well as what we have seen on the GTX 1080 and 1070.

The GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps and a boost clock of 1.7GHz, which can be easily overclocked to 2GHz for further performance. Across the top gaming titles, GTX 1060 is on average 15 percent faster and over 75 percent more power efficient than the closest competitive product.

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GTX 1060 Founders Edition

I think we can all agree that the GTX 1080 and 1070 Founders Edition launch and execution was a cluster at best. NVIDIA has stuck with the Founders Edition cards at launch but has been retooled and will work much differently.

First and foremost, NVIDIA is working to relieve what is seen by many of us as an "early adopters" tax.

GTX 1060 custom boards will be available starting July 19 from add-in card partners worldwide, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. MSRP will start at $249.

Also, NVIDIA is scaling back the channels through which the Founders Edition will be available, however it will still carry a price premium for those that find value in it.

The special limited GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition boardآ—designed and built by NVIDIAآ—will be available starting July 19 for $299 at only. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is crafted with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminum body machine finished for strength and rigidity and a thermal solution designed to run cool and quiet. Like the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition boards, a dual-FETs power supply is used to improve power efficiency, along with a low impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators.

GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition Pictures

As mentioned above, we already have the GTX 1060 in hand, and have been told we will have the drivers today as well.

One takeaway you might get from these pictures is that the GTX 1060 does not support NVIDIA SLI technology since we see no bridges on top of the card. NVIDIA has not yet verified this, but it is rather our assumption at this time.

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Pascal Features Extended to 1060

While we have yet to see some of these features, we are promised that we will see some of these this month.

NVIDIA VR Funhouse will be available for download on Steam in a week or two.

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VR Support...

Like the entire GeForce GTX 10-series, GTX 1060 includes support for NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which allows the GTX 1060 to seamlessly project a single image simultaneously to both eyes, yielding a 3x VR graphics performance improvement over previous generation GPUs. This allows GTX 1060 users to play VR games with higher levels of detail, without sacrificing performance or quality, for a more realistic, immersive experience. Simultaneous Multi-Projection is being integrated into the world’s biggest game engines, Unreal Engine and Unity and there are more than 30 games are already in development, including Unreal Tournament, Poolnation VR, Everest VR, Obduction, Adr1ft and Raw Data.

Ansel is making an appearance finally in two current games.

NVIDIA Ansel Integrated into ‘Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst’ and ‘Witcher 3’; Available this Month

The GTX 1060 also supports NVIDIA Anselآ™ technology, a powerful game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore, capture and share the artistry of gaming in ways never before possible. With Ansel, users can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction, from any vantage point within a gaming world, and then capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing with a VR headset or Google Cardboard. NVIDIA is announcing the immediate availability of the first game to support Ansel آ— Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. The second, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be available later this month. Many more are in development, including Epic Games’ Fortnite, Paragon and Unreal Tournament; Cyan Worlds’ Obduction; Thekla’s The Witness; Boss Key Productions’ Lawbreakers; Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division; and the highly anticipated No Man’s Sky from Hello Games.