Nvidia Announces the GTX 1060 - Faster than a GTX 980 for Just $250

Nvidia Announces the GTX 1060 - Faster than a GTX 980 for Just $250

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Nvidia's newest video card crams more power than a GTX 980 into a $250 package.

If you've wanted to get in on the new Pascal-based Nvidia cards, but didn't want to shell out $400 or more, your time is coming. Nvidia has pulled the cover off their newest video card: the mid-range GTX 1060.

The GTX 1060 will feature 1280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8GHz, and a boost clock of 1.7GHz. According to Nvidia, you can 'easily' overclock that to 2GHz or more. The card is powered by a single 6-pin connector. The only catch is that it won't support SLI.

Like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 before it, the GTX 1060 will be available in a "Founder's Edition" that will carry an extra $50 on the price tag, and feature a blower-style cooler similar to one on the more expensive cards, only plastic instead of metal. There will also be numerous versions of the card available from Nvidia partners like EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte, and others.

Nvidia says that the GTX 1060 is not only faster than the GTX 980 (its $400 older cousin), it's also 15 percent faster and 75 percent more power efficient than the recently-released AMD RX480. The RX480 is likely the reason we're seeing the GTX 1060 this soon after the launch of its more powerful siblings. Nvidia isn't about to wait a few months and give AMD time to solidify a hold on that market, especially not if the GTX 1060 outstrips the RX 480 as much as they claim.

The GTX 1060 will be available from retailers on July 19, but if the last two cards Nvidia released are any indication, you might want to be fast on the draw. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 are still facing inventory issues at many retailers.

You can see off the official info on the GTX 1060 on Nvidia's website.

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Yuh-huh. Kind of like the 1070 is "just" $379. We'll have to see.

Now make a 960 equivalent for $50.

Ticklefist:
Yuh-huh. Kind of like the 1070 is "just" $379. We'll have to see.

Scalping happens whenever a new GPU generation comes out and the initial stock deliveries are small.

In six months time when supply is more steady and the me firsts have all got one prices will drop below rrp.

Just in time for Christmas!

ffronw:
The only catch is that it won't support SLI.

Do they even have a reason for this or is it just to get people who want to make cards mush bits together buy more expensive cards? This alone might screw them out of the RX 480's domain for anyone looking to add a GPU down the line.

LegendaryGamer0:

ffronw:
The only catch is that it won't support SLI.

Do they even have a reason for this or is it just to get people who want to make cards mush bits together buy more expensive cards? This alone might screw them out of the RX 480's domain for anyone looking to add a GPU down the line.

SLI /Crossfire X is something of a dead horse, very few games support it properly and it doesn't resolve the problem with increasing resolutions requiring more and more VRAM.

If you're spending the price of two mid range cards you may as well buy one high end card nowadays. The only places I would say dual GPU set ups are still in regular use is for folding, rendering and mining systems.

Might check this out for an upgrade in lieu of the 1070 considering how the UK is constantly shafted by imports.

I think it's about ?100 more we have to pay over here than the promised 'standard price label' that the lads over the Pond get for the '70.

Fuck that.

fix-the-spade:
SLI /Crossfire X is something of a dead horse, very few games support it properly and it doesn't resolve the problem with increasing resolutions requiring more and more VRAM.

All of that is solved in Dx12. And Dx12 (and Vulkan) is all that matters now. Dx11 benchmarks are irrelevant in 2016 and going forward.

Aaaand, that's precisely why this card is a piece of shit. 6gb of vram when the new standard has become 8gb. No SLI when dual GPU setups actually started to matter and have become affordable to more people. And the reason this card doesn't support SLI is that two of these cards would outperform their flagship GTX 1080 for less money, and Nvidia doesn't want to allow that. They couldn't gimp the card further because it wouldn't be able to compete with AMD RX480 so no SLI was their solution. This card will last you a year at most. That's how Nvidia makes them.

Oh and it is worth noting that DisplayPort on Nvidia's latest series of cards doesn't work with HTC Vive. It's not yet known if it's a hardware issue or a software issue. But some people think it's a hardware issue that won't get fixed. We'll see.

On the other hand we have AMD cards. They tend to stay relevant for years and with driver updates they get better and faster than Nvidia's more expensive equivalent. Not to mention that AMD hardware is inside both major consoles, and because AMD worked on Dx12 their cards perform better in Dx12 than Nvidia. So I'm just gonna get an AMD RX480, and probably another one early next year for a killer Crossfire setup.

Adam Jensen:

fix-the-spade:
SLI /Crossfire X is something of a dead horse, very few games support it properly and it doesn't resolve the problem with increasing resolutions requiring more and more VRAM.

All of that is solved in Dx12. And Dx12 (and Vulkan) is all that matters now. Dx11 benchmarks are irrelevant in 2016 and going forward.

Aaaand, that's precisely why this card is a piece of shit. 6gb of vram when the new standard has become 8gb. No SLI when dual GPU setups actually started to matter and have become affordable to more people. And the reason this card doesn't support SLI is that two of these cards would outperform their flagship GTX 1080 for less money, and Nvidia doesn't want to allow that. They couldn't gimp the card further because it wouldn't be able to compete with AMD RX480 so no SLI was their solution. This card will last you a year at most. That's how Nvidia makes them.

Oh and it is worth noting that DisplayPort on Nvidia's latest series of cards doesn't work with HTC Vive. It's not yet known if it's a hardware issue or a software issue. But some people think it's a hardware issue that won't get fixed. We'll see.

On the other hand we have AMD cards. They tend to stay relevant for years and with driver updates they get better and faster than Nvidia's more expensive equivalent. Not to mention that AMD hardware is inside both major consoles, and because AMD worked on Dx12 their cards perform better in Dx12 than Nvidia. So I'm just gonna get an AMD RX480, and probably another one early next year for a killer Crossfire setup.

$250 is way better on a budget, especially after blowing a good chunk on a Vive. And I keep my video cards for quite a while.

Display port doesn't work, but hdmi does just fine. I've got an adapter for display>hdmi and have my monitor plugged into that.

Ticklefist:
Yuh-huh. Kind of like the 1070 is "just" $379. We'll have to see.

Due to how fresh its release is, don't expect to see the high-end cards for their RRP for a while.

fix-the-spade:
SLI /Crossfire X is something of a dead horse, very few games support it properly and it doesn't resolve the problem with increasing resolutions requiring more and more VRAM.

If you're spending the price of two mid range cards you may as well buy one high end card nowadays. The only places I would say dual GPU set ups are still in regular use is for folding, rendering and mining systems.

I wouldn't say that they're a dead horse but definitely support has been lacking over the last few years from both the developer's side and Nvidia's. Hopefully as time ticks on with the new gains Pascal is getting from SLI and the potential of DX12, we may see more love for SLI users.

Adam Jensen:
All of that is solved in Dx12. And Dx12 (and Vulkan) is all that matters now. Dx11 benchmarks are irrelevant in 2016 and going forward.

Aaaand, that's precisely why this card is a piece of shit. 6gb of vram when the new standard has become 8gb. No SLI when dual GPU setups actually started to matter and have become affordable to more people. And the reason this card doesn't support SLI is that two of these cards would outperform their flagship GTX 1080 for less money, and Nvidia doesn't want to allow that. They couldn't gimp the card further because it wouldn't be able to compete with AMD RX480 so no SLI was their solution. This card will last you a year at most. That's how Nvidia makes them.

DX12 may be all the rage these days but it's not the new standard (yet) and DX11 hasn't fallen out of relevance yet either. Microsoft is talking a big game with DX12 but we're all still waiting to be impressed.

For a mid-range card I can't see why 6GB of vRam is an issue; the majority of people buying these cards will be running games med-high to high at 1080p and there are barely any well optimised games these days that use more than 6GB at 1080p. As for the performance, yeah maybe two of these could match a 1080 with proper driver updates and high enough clocks but in reality its not worth having two midrange cards in a SLI setup and they know it. Even if you consider the premium you pay for a single high end card you still get better performance, more vRam, power consumption and thermals, etc.

Adam Jensen:
On the other hand we have AMD cards. They tend to stay relevant for years and with driver updates they get better and faster than Nvidia's more expensive equivalent. Not to mention that AMD hardware is inside both major consoles, and because AMD worked on Dx12 their cards perform better in Dx12 than Nvidia. So I'm just gonna get an AMD RX480, and probably another one early next year for a killer Crossfire setup.

AMD have been doing well with their Crossfire support over the last few years, I just hope people know how hot and loud these setups run these days, because it really isn't pretty. Also the RX 480 is suffering problems with its power targets and frankly that single 6-pin connector is not enough. Hopefully they address these issues soon.

What's that? I think I hear my 750TI being replaced. Let's see how the TPD goes then I'll decide.

MercurySteam:

I wouldn't say that they're a dead horse but definitely support has been lacking over the last few years from both the developer's side and Nvidia's. Hopefully as time ticks on with the new gains Pascal is getting from SLI and the potential of DX12, we may see more love for SLI users.

I don't see DX12 improving dual GPU support in the slightest, a large portion of DX12 releases don't support SLI/Crossfire at all. Most of DX12's improvement seem to be aimed at mobile and low power applications, the very inconsistent performance of DX12/Nividia/AMD drivers for the high end cards seems to bare that out too.

MercurySteam:

Ticklefist:
Yuh-huh. Kind of like the 1070 is "just" $379. We'll have to see.

Due to how fresh its release is, don't expect to see the high-end cards for their RRP for a while.

The paper launches and Founders Edition pricing gimmicks haven't helped matters.

MercurySteam:
Also the RX 480 is suffering problems with its power targets and frankly that single 6-pin connector is not enough. Hopefully they address these issues soon.

Already fixed with a driver. 6pin is enough if you're not going to do any overclocking. That's why non-reference models will be equipped with an 8pin.

LegendaryGamer0:

ffronw:
The only catch is that it won't support SLI.

Do they even have a reason for this or is it just to get people who want to make cards mush bits together buy more expensive cards? This alone might screw them out of the RX 480's domain for anyone looking to add a GPU down the line.

It means a less complex PCB, less expensive parts. More money for Nvidia.

That is the reason. I mean... thought it was OBVIOUS.

Anyways, it seems like a good card otherwise, but is not for me. Would rather wait for the RX 490.

fix-the-spade:

MercurySteam:

I wouldn't say that they're a dead horse but definitely support has been lacking over the last few years from both the developer's side and Nvidia's. Hopefully as time ticks on with the new gains Pascal is getting from SLI and the potential of DX12, we may see more love for SLI users.

I don't see DX12 improving dual GPU support in the slightest, a large portion of DX12 releases don't support SLI/Crossfire at all. Most of DX12's improvement seem to be aimed at mobile and low power applications, the very inconsistent performance of DX12/Nividia/AMD drivers for the high end cards seems to bare that out too.

Here's an interesting read. Basically says that MS is making it easier to give basic support for multi-GPUs in DX12, although full support will still require a decent amount of coding, every little bit helps.

Mmm... I think this might end up being the successor to my 780. As it good as my current card has been and still is to some degree, it's struggling to keep up with the latest games.

Normally I'd buy a generation or 2 behind the current one but if this card performs as well as claimed there won't be any reason to (unless SLI is something you need I guess). I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for benchmarks in the following weeks.

 

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