Nvidia announced that its GeForce GTX 1060 is to be released this month. The graphics card will take advantage of a new GPU core “GP106” that is based on the company’s new Pascal architecture. Like all the Pascal cards, it will be based on TSMC’s new 16 nm technology which drastically reduces power consumption while improving and enhancing performance. The GTX 1060 holds 1,280 CUDA cores with a base clock of 1.7 GHz, with the assurance from Nvidia that it’ll be able to handle overclocks up to at least 2GHz according to their tests. It will also have 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8GHz. No confirmation yet on bus size, though rumor has it for 192 bits wide.
Nvidia claimed that its GTX 1060 will offer noticeably more performance than its predecessor, the GTX 980, while consuming about a third less power.
Nvidia also stated it’ll sell its GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition for $299 (US), but the GTX 1060 itself caries an MSRP of $249, so versions from board partners will be around that price. This also puts the card in firm competition with AMD’s 480.
The GeForce GTX 1060 will be available from multiple retailers starting July 19.