We don’t have a review yet, but I can show you shiny pictures!!
It’s probably not going to come as a surprise to anyone that reads the internet, but NVIDIA is officially taking the covers off its latest GeForce card in the Pascal family today, the GeForce GTX 1060. As the number scheme would suggest, this is a more budget-friendly version of NVIDIA’s latest architecture, lowering performance in line with expectations. The GP106-based GPU will still offer impressive specifications and capabilities and will probably push AMD’s new Radeon RX 480 to its limits.
Let’s take a quick look at the card’s details.
|GTX 1060||RX 480||R9 390||R9 380||GTX 980||GTX 970||GTX 960||R9 Nano||GTX 1070|
|GPU||GP106||Polaris 10||Grenada||Tonga||GM204||GM204||GM206||Fiji XT||GP104|
|Rated Clock||1506 MHz||1120 MHz||1000 MHz||970 MHz||1126 MHz||1050 MHz||1126 MHz||up to 1000 MHz||1506 MHz|
|Texture Units||80 (?)||144||160||112||128||104||64||256||120|
|ROP Units||48 (?)||32||64||32||64||56||32||64||64|
|Memory Clock||8000 MHz||7000 MHz
|6000 MHz||5700 MHz||7000 MHz||7000 MHz||7000 MHz||500 MHz||8000 MHz|
|Memory Interface||192-bit||256-bit||512-bit||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit||128-bit||4096-bit (HBM)||256-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||192 GB/s||224 GB/s
|384 GB/s||182.4 GB/s||224 GB/s||196 GB/s||112 GB/s||512 GB/s||256 GB/s|
|TDP||120 watts||150 watts||275 watts||190 watts||165 watts||145 watts||120 watts||275 watts||150 watts|
|Peak Compute||3.85 TFLOPS||5.1 TFLOPS||5.1 TFLOPS||3.48 TFLOPS||4.61 TFLOPS||3.4 TFLOPS||2.3 TFLOPS||8.19 TFLOPS||5.7 TFLOPS|
The GeForce GTX 1060 will sport 1280 CUDA cores with a GPU Boost clock speed rated at 1.7 GHz. Though the card will be available in only 6GB varieties, the reference / Founders Edition will ship with 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8.0 GHz / 8 Gbps. With 1280 CUDA cores, the GP106 GPU is essentially one half of a GP104 in terms of compute capability. NVIDIA decided not to cut the memory interface in half though, instead going with a 192-bit design compared to the GP104 and its 256-bit option.
The rated GPU clock speeds paint an interesting picture for peak performance of the new card. At the rated boost clock speed, the GeForce GTX 1070 produces 6.46 TFLOPS of performance. The GTX 1060 by comparison will hit 4.35 TFLOPS, a 48% difference. The GTX 1080 offers nearly the same delta of performance above the GTX 1070; clearly NVIDIA has set the scale Pascal and product deviation.
NVIDIA wants us to compare the new GeForce GTX 1060 to the GeForce GTX 980 in gaming performance, but the peak theoretical performance results don’t really match up. The GeForce GTX 980 is rated at 4.61 TFLOPS at BASE clock speed, while the GTX 1060 doesn’t hit that number at its Boost clock. Obviously Pascal improves on performance with memory compression advancements, but the 192-bit memory bus is only able to run at 192 GB/s, compared to the 224 GB/s of the GTX 980. Obviously we’ll have to wait for performance result from our own testing to be sure, but it seems possible that NVIDIA’s performance claims might depend on technology like Simultaneous Multi-Projection and VR gaming to be validated.
The GTX 1060 Founders Edition card has a TDP of just 120 watts and will have a single 6-pin power connection. With all the controversy and debate surrounding the Radeon RX 480 and its power delivery system, this is going to be looked at closer than ever. NVIDIA has set the TDP 30 watts lower than the 6-pin + PCI Express slot power is rated at, so this definitely gives them room for overclocking and slightly power target adjustment within those boundaries. In recent history as well, NVIDIA tends to be less aggressive on its power targets – I expect the GTX 1060 to fall well within the 120 watt level at stock settings. But we’ll know soon enough.
The starting MSRP for the GeForce GTX 1060 partner cards will be $249. The Founders Edition card, designed by NVIDIA and the one we were sent for our initial reviews, will cost $299 and will be available ONLY at NVIDIA.com. NVIDIA is listing this one as “limited edition” so I would assume that means we will not see the Founders Edition throughout the entirety of the life of the GTX 1060.
At $249, the GTX 1060 partner cards, available and shipping on July 19th, will compete very well with the 8GB variant of the Radeon RX 480, which at reference prices was only $10 less expensive. NVIDIA itself proclaims the GTX 1060 is “on average 15 percent faster and over 75 percent more power efficient than the closest competitive product” which obviously refers to aforementioned RX 480. (Claims to be tested by the 19th.)
The GTX 1060 Founders Edition has some unique traits. While the display output configuration is the now all-too-familiar combination of three DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DL DVI (which the RX 480 omitted), the PCB and cooler take an interesting form. The PCB is basically identical in size to that of the RX 480: 6.75-in (171.5mm) long. The blower style cooler extends past the PCB by another 3-in (76mm), making the Founders Edition 9.75-in (247.6mm) long.
The 6-pin power connection on the GTX 1060 Founders Edition seems only placed – rather than attached to the PCB direction, the 6-pin is put at the end of the cooler, meaning a cable exists inside the cooler to bring juice to the card itself. The reason for this is looks: the card looks more balanced and better in a windowed case with the 6-pin connection at the far end of the card rather than in the middle of it. It’s an interesting trade-off though, one that will make aftermarket coolers a bit more complex.
One interesting spot to see is the obviously missing or removed item from the back of the cooler. Three screw holes and a dip in the extruded metal suggest that something was planned for this spot or was on there but removed after production for some reason.
NVIDIA changed up the shroud on the cooler to help lower costs. The “window” area on the classic GeForce design is now just a black painted area and the design is tweaked slightly fewer, shallower polygonal angles. I’m still a fan of the design though and I think NVIDIA’s construction and build quality just “feel” better in the hand than the RX 480. Whether that matters to anyone installing this card into a gaming PC rather than putting it on a shelf is up for debate.
One thing that is missing from the GeForce GTX 1060 card? SLI bridge connection. There are none and the reason is simple: NVIDIA tells us that SLI is not going to be supported on the GeForce GTX 1060. Rumors have swirled since pictures first leaked that this meant NVIDIA was moving to a PCI Express based data transfer technology for the GTX 1060, similar to what AMD does with CrossFire on its entire lineup. That’s not the case, and would be crazy after the big push for a new SLI Bridge that NVIDIA made with the GTX 1080 launch. The GTX 1060, and we assume any future cards in this class, are not going to support multi-GPU technology.
The decision is kind of astounding to me, really. NVIDIA launched Pascal pushing 2-GPU SLI strongly and eventually ended up cutting out all higher count SLI configurations completely, in order to preserve the consumer experience of 2-Way SLI. Cutting out GTX 1060 owners from SLI because “that market doesn’t really utilize SLI” is just an excuse, not a reason. There is no substantial cost benefit to cutting validation testing for the GTX 1060 if you are continuing to run it for GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. There are plenty of consumers that love the idea of buying a ~$250 graphics card today and adding another down the line, potentially to scale to the performance of one of NVIDIA’s larger, more expensive graphics card. Even worse, you can actually see indentations and spacing on the PCB where SLI connections would have been inserted!
While we can’t report on performance of the GeForce GTX 1060, some leaks appeared on WCCFTech a few days ago and shed a little bit of light on what we MIGHT expect from the new mainstream version of the Pascal architecture.
Image source: WCCFTech.com
- 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Graphics Score
If these numbers hold up, it looks like the GTX 1060 is going to be 8.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480 and 17% faster than the GTX 970, at least in this single synthetic test. Based on these numbers though the GTX 980 maintains a 6.4% advantage, again bringing into question the claims of “GTX 980 performance” from NVIDIA.
What this does immediately do is put worry into the minds of AMD and buyers of the new Radeon RX 480. Will the GTX 1060 offer better performance and better efficiency for the same dollar amount?
Simultaneous Multi-Project Updates
NVIDIA provided a quick update on the status of Simultaneous Multi-Projection integration into software along with GTX 1060 information. If you missed the launch of SMP then you are depriving yourself of one of NVIDIA’s coolest new technologies that will drastically change how multi-monitor gaming and VR gaming are handled by the GPU.
According to NVIDIA, “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.” That a compelling reason to buy into SMP and GeForce if you are a multi-monitor gamer or looking to invest in VR this year.
More to come
That’s all we know or can say about the GeForce GTX 1060 for now. Reviews and benchmarking will be available at a later time, or just long enough for some other outlets to leak it all to the web. I did promise that this summer would be one of the most exciting in recent memory for PC gaming; NVIDIA and AMD are surely making that the case.
No, I’m saying the 1060 and
No, I’m saying the 1060 and OEM OC 480s should be just about identical in DX11, with the 1060 losing in DX12/Vulkan, and being more expensive.
Or are you suggesting the 1060 is going to be 18.5% faster than the reference 480 ?
“What this does immediately
“What this does immediately do is put worry into the minds of AMD and buyers of the new Radeon RX 480. Will the GTX 1060 offer better performance and better efficiency for the same dollar amount?”
So you found another opportunity to manipulate people into not buying a 480 and striking a blow at AMD. You have now managed to completely eliminate any window AMD had to sell a few cards without a competitive product released as yet. Now you just have to release your 1060 review and you would have accomplished your goal. What the fuck is wrong with you? I now get how you seem to come off as if you are being fair and objective while completely being otherwise. Kudos to you.
Raja coming to do the interview with you at your office was total class. Nevertheless, you went out of your way to fuck him and all the brilliant and hard working people at AMD.
I managed to eliminate the
I managed to eliminate the window AMD had? It's like I have made stock hard to get, or I built the power delivery on the card or I planned the release timing of the GTX 1060.
RYAN SHROUT LORDS OVER THE PC HARDWARE ECOSYSTEM. </booming voice>
You know the influence you
You know the influence you have and should use it in a responsible and unbiased manner. Putting that gratuitous comment I quoted in this post was completely unnecessary and biased at best. Notwithstanding the 1060, the 480 at its price point is a wonderful card and will not disappoint or result in regret. The non-reference cards are shaping up to be absolutely terrific. I would recommend this card to anyone looking to built a killer value system or needing a great card for an affordable price. The 480 will only get better with time as the 14nm matures and as more games are written for directx 12 and vulcan. Your comment had no place in that post.
Jeremy, this is below you.
Jeremy, this is below you. But I guess you feel the need to defend your unethical boss out of cowardice. Waiting for the rest of you to chime in. Guess I must be striking a nerve by speaking the truth.
Oh, your tears are the best!
Oh, your tears are the best!
Good God, man. Lighten up.
Good God, man. Lighten up.
LOL. Good one Jeremy.
LOL. Good one Jeremy.
This is a little insane. From
This is a little insane. From the video all I gathered is that the 1060 might be a little bit more powerful than the 480, but Ryan is still waiting to get final performance benchmarks to really validate it.
But if its under a 10% performance difference, I would still the AMD over Nvidia. With Vulkan and DX12 emphasising more GPU Compute, you will literally get a free performance boost with AMD cards in the long run than an Nvidia card.
Also, based on some research I saw AdoredTV managed to pull, it seems as Nvidia recycles its older gpu core in newer products they seem to nerf overall performance even though the same gpu in an older card gave better performance to encourage people to buy newer higher end cards.
**Disclosure I buy whatever is the best bang for my buck. In the past that was a Radeon 4850 and 7850, currently on a GTX 670M and GTX 970 and right now waiting on a 8gb RX 480 to become available at the 240 usd pricepoint**
AdoredTV… no need to add
AdoredTV… no need to add more…
How you can even compare to the benchmarking work done at PCPer?
Good one. Yeah Ryan. Get with
Good one. Yeah Ryan. Get with the program you have to lie to the AMD fanboys so they don’t get butt hurt over it.
I’ve got to say. PCPer did a
I’ve got to say. PCPer did a hell of a job engineering the 1060 down to the transistor for nvidia – great job!
Why did you think we picked
Why did you think we picked up that 3D printer!
How could a review site screw
How could a review site screw AMD? Lots of places are displaying leaks and most of us here are generally interested in new tech.
We haven’t even seen partner 480’s yet. Just think of what it could do with some extra juice to play with and different cooling.
I think AMD’s quick response to PCIe power draw shows their customer focus. That was partly mainlined by PCper.
If current Nvidia availability and pricing is a gauge, AMD still have time to play with.
“How could a review site
“How could a review site screw AMD?”
Aren’t review sites by definition there to help their readers make informed buying decision? So I would say the answer is by duping or misleading people into making the wrong buying decisions. I am so glad AMD was held accountable for their negligence or unethical intent and forced to act, but unlike Toms, Ryan and Allyn, in their passive aggressive way, made it seem much worse than it was. Ryan emphasized that despite the fix it was still out of spec. Considering what they learned from the mobo makers, I don’t think they needed to harp on this point.
Maybe a $400-$500 motherboard
Maybe a $400-$500 motherboard should be standard operating equipment for a budget $200-$300 card along with a beefier power supply for AMD cards. How would this be cheaper by any stretch?
Maybe MSRP should include a TCTO (total cost to own) quote as well.
The pocket change an Nvidia generally costs more than a comparable AMD card is well worth it in less electricity used as well as having features worth paying for.
AMD cards don’t hold their value too well as they always get heavily discounted in the months after launch. Sometimes Nvidias hold their price for a year or more. Why would you buy AMD card at launch knowing these will be a lot cheaper in a few months? Enough said.
Nvidia gimped this card to
Nvidia gimped this card to much and priced it too high.
PCB pictures clearly show 256bit bus.
Hopefully it indicates that 1060Ti is on its way.
Founder’s Edition price is
Founder’s Edition price is too high, not worth it in my opinion. Might as well get an RX 480 or the board partner 1060 (IF it stays at MSRP).
im neutral here all I want is
im neutral here all I want is 1000 FPS for like 50$. that been said i will always take 997 FPS for 50$ than actual 1000 FPS for 70$. as long AMD cards are in relative performance with Nvidia for 20-40% cheaper i think only careless fool who dont earn his own money or gets his money for free will buy nvidia. I went from GTX 670 to R9 390 will probably get 1070 because amd has no 1070 alike card out. I might contradict my self here but fact is if amd had 1070 alike card out or my choice would be rx480 or 1060 id probably go with rx480.
I think that there is great
I think that there is great need for Ranking system of PC review sites and their authors. And if there was such a system, I’m 99% sure that Ryan, Allyn and Co will receive 10/10 for Nvidia fanboyism and 0.1/10 for objectivity.
Such a waste of good review for personal preferences. Hope you guys received some gifts from the green folks such as free bonds, GTX 1060 or discount lunch tickets at Nvidia HQ.:D
Let the trolling begin. By
Let the trolling begin. By dx12 being better for AMD, it’s better now plus AMD is desperately cornering the market in dx12 games and optimizing it their way.
But Rise of Tomb Raider has broken dx12 because AMD cards don’t win like they should. When Nvidia snags a few dx12 exclusives we’ll talk again.
The only true indicator of dx12 is all non allied games without AMD or Nvidia logo. Until you win those when they come out, it’s too early to crown a champ.
About Asynchronous compute it isn’t the free performance you think it is. Look at the chart if you dare. Wow look at the wattage of the “free” async performance. Who knew wattage would increase? Surely AMD isn’t still marketing it as “free” performance. Surely Microsoft isn’t only touting efficiency of dx 12 by showing only CPU wattage drop without showing how much wattage of GPU increases. LOL I guess that’s how marketing spins everything.
In my opinion asynchronous compute isn’t as useful on PCs as it is with the consoles. The weaker your components the more it improves or is it just smoke and mirrors. If both cards get 5 fps jump from async and one gets 25 fps before and the other 50 fps before. Nice 20% jump for lower card. 10% jump for higher card. It’s all relative. Same increase but bigger jump.
No SLI no buy.
Nvidia is a
No SLI no buy.
Nvidia is a bunch of gready bastards. 2×1060 >= 1080 for over $100 cheaper this is why there is no SLI. Who do these fools think they are fooling by removing SLI. In order to truly compete with AMD they would have to lower their high end prices $100.
The reason x60 series owners don’t use SLI is because of Nvidia’s artificial price structure that makes SLI only cost effective on top two product offerings. Since they had to compete with the RX 480 they had to make this card better than their original plan. To compensate and protect their 1080 SLI disappeared.
This card may be faster than a RX 480 but you can still crossfire the RX 480 and you cannot touch the price/performance with ANY NVidia offering.
Challenge accepted any Nvidia
Challenge accepted any Nvidia offering OK. Take a look here.
I see Nvidia’s 950 and 750ti at top over a 270/370.
Where is Rx 480? It’s currently 15th. 1070 with it’s expensive tag is 11th. When price deflates on 1070 the ratio will be even higher.
I’ve never really liked price/performance ratio because an extremely low priced card will win even if it’s 3 years old or more. You always pay a higher premium for new stuff and older stuff is heavily discounted.
A true measure is to always list a card for it’s MSRP. That way even when a card is charged above or below due to demand, it is where the manufacturer intended it’s value to be. It’s a poor indicator of card worth otherwise.
Vega when it comes is going to be a poor value when compared to 2 Rx 480’s too. All high end cards are.
The 1060 is going to get
The 1060 is going to get murdered in DX12/Vulkan by the OEM custom 480s, and every new game is going to have DX12/Vulkan support.
R.I.P. 1060, it’s a dead duck already. A DX11 card in a DX12/Vulkan world. And it’s going to suck donkey balls at DX12/Vulkan. Just like Maxwell.