GeForce GTX 1060 Review

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Introduction

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Founders Edition 
Lower Price / Still Heaps Of Powah!

Hot on the heels of the competition and starting today, Nvidia offers their all new GeForce GTX 1060. In this article we'll review the founders edition model, aimed at the mainstream segment in a sub 299 USD price bracket. These cards perform ABOVE or around the GeForce GTX 980 and will become available in both a 3 GB and 6 GB model, though primarily and predominantly you will see 6 GB models. Will they have enough muscle to tackle the Radeon RX 480 8 GB? Well, lets find out. The new GeForce GTX 1060 is once again based on Pascal, fabbed at a 16 nm node with fins baby. As it turns out, the smaller 16 nm FinFET fabrication process works out really well for Nvidia. The 1070 and 1080 have been a high clocked success story ever since their launch. Meanwhile the GeForce GTX 1060 really wasn't supposed to be launched already. But you guys can thank AMD for that, the Radeon RX 480 release definitely made some eye-browses frown at team green. Originally the 1060 was planned and due for release at the end of the summer, however again... 16 nm works out well for Nvidia and they very simply moved forward the introduction as starting today you will spot the GTX 1060 in the stores. Again high clocks, again nice memory configurations (8 GHz effective BTW) and again a product series that will be massively interesting.

It's never been a busier Summer, but hey, we aim to please and as such today we offer a review on the reference card from Nvdia. Nvidia definitely stepped it up as cooling wise we do not see the cheaper plastic designs, the 1060 will receive something similar to the 1070/1080 founder edition coolers as well. The GeForce GTX 1060 might have the GP106 GPU housed on it's PCB. Where the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2,560 shader processors and the GeForce GTX 1070 with its 1,920 shader processors, the GeForce GTX 1060 has 1,280 of them. This means it is has 10 SMs active (10 streaming multi-processors x (2x64) 128 shader cores). The cards will be equipped with properly fast memory as well, you can choose either a 3 GB or 6 GB model, though we strongly recommend the 6 GB models to be a bit more future proof. That memory is tied towards a 192-bit wide bus locked in at 2,000 MHz which is 8 GHz (GDDR5-effective) at a memory bandwidth of 192 GB/s. 
  • GeForce GTX 1080 offers 9 TFLOP/s Single-precision floating point performance
  • GeForce GTX 1070 offers 6.45 TFLOP/s Single-precision floating point performance
  • GeForce GTX 1060 offers 4 TFLOP/s Single-precision floating point performance
If you combine the specs you can already tell that the 1060 will be a terrific card in the 1080P domain, and even at monitor resolutions of 2560x1440 this card should hold up really well with GTA-V, Total War Warhammer, The Division and many other game hip 'n trendy titles. Well, that's enough of an introduction I think, have a peek at the GeForce GTX 1060, and then let's head on-wards as we're going deeper underground with Nvidias latest kid that rocks, the GTX 1060...
 

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GeForce GTX 1060 Founders edition with the Nvidia GP106-A1 GPU ( 1,506 MHz core / 1,709 MHz boost / 8,008 MHz memory )

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