Nvidia Rumoured To Launch Mid-Range GeForce GTX 1060 In Autumn With Pascal GP106 GPU

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 12:45 PM

While we’ve had our eyes firmly on the upper end of Nvidia’s imminent Pascal range of graphics cards, there are of course a bevy of budget cards in the works for the entry and mid-level markets. The latest rumour to emerge from team green is that of the GeForce GTX 1060, which is purported to be launching this fall.

Replacing the current GeForce GTX 960, the 1060 will be a mid-range graphics card sporting a GP106 Pascal GPU. As we’ve come to expect Nvidia is leading with its higher-end graphics cards first, before sliding in with its mid-range consumer cards later in the year.

According to reports the GP106 will be arriving in late Q3 or early Q4 2016. Based on the few leaked shots of GPU dies doing the rounds it looks as if the GP106 will have a pair of Global Processing Clusters, equating to somewhere in the region of 1280 CUDA cores. By comparison the GTX 960 has 1024.

Despite being a GPU at the weaker end of the spectrum, the advances Nvidia has made with the 16nm FinFET fabrication process means we should still expect some significant performance and in particular efficiency gains. Pascal offers somewhere in the region of double the performance per watt over even Maxwell, so the GTX 960 will be sipping on a tiny amount of power, relatively speaking. Everything else in regards to performance is just guesswork at this stage, but anything that can be done to close the gap between the GTX 1060 and the performance of a GTX 970 is going to make it a tempting budget proposition.

No word on pricing just yet, but if the GeForce GTX 1060 follows in the footsteps then expect prices ranging from $180-$220 depending on which manufacturer you opt for.

Are you holding out for a GeForce GTX 1060? Or are you saving up the big bucks for the earlier GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics cards? 

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18:28 May-17-2016

I really hope it has that price tag! Then I might have a decent pc yet!! Currently I have a GT 440 DDR3 lol

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03:45 Apr-23-2016

Can't wait to spend $200 on 4 more fps!!!

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12:16 Apr-27-2016

lol, that's really pessimistic look.

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22:56 Apr-27-2016

I wouldn't blame him with the pace of hardware evolution for the past 5-6 years

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23:52 May-01-2016

Yeah I guess, but still lol x)

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19:08 Apr-22-2016

Any tdp specs from the 1060 available? Maybe I can sell my 960 to a friend of mine and upgrade to 1060. The 70 is a bit overkill for me though

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20:21 Apr-22-2016

For sure won't worth the upgrade, the difference of performance between 960 and 970 is about 50%, so probably 1060 won't be more than 20-30% better than 960.

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23:21 Apr-23-2016

The GTX 960 to a GTX 1060 you wouldn't notice too much of a difference which if i was in his shoes i would wait for the GTX 1160 instead.

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10:05 Apr-25-2016

Yes, I went from the 560ti to 960, maybe wait till 1360 :D

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23:29 Apr-25-2016

560 ti to a 960 is 4 generations over while the 960 to the 1060 is only 1 generation a part so really you wouldn't notice a thing.

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13:47 Apr-22-2016

Maybe I'll wait for GTX 1060 or AMD equivalent.

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08:06 Apr-22-2016

I'm just going to wait for AMD's Vega..

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18:38 Apr-23-2016

I prefer smaller die-size GPUs, I wish they didn't make those 400mm2+ Chips, this way the best GPUs will be power and heat efficient and cheap, while running all the games as good as the big GPUs would, because for example if the gtx 1060 or r9 480 were the best GPUs, games wouldn't have as good graphics, thus they would run them really good.

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01:27 Apr-22-2016

Still looking at my new GTX 970 & then looking at a grey moth flying out of my empty wallet O.o
Oh well. If I can buy a pair of GTX 550 ti's upon the Keplar card launch 4 years ago, I might as well do the same for my GTX 970 for SLi.

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00:47 Apr-22-2016

Uhh....not that I'm trying to nitpick or anything, but paragraph 2 is suggesting the 1060 GPU to be part of their high-end line, which isn't quite right. It's the top of their mid-range, sure, but that's about it. Since the 4xx series GTX cards, generally speaking the 50/60 class are mid-range, with the low and high being above and below these....


Just saying!

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23:23 Apr-23-2016

On the 400 series the 450 was a GTS not a GTX.

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00:09 Apr-22-2016

Sounds like my newly acquired EVGA GTX 970 SSC will still be relevant and able to keep up for the time being based on this.
This new generation will make the 970 a mid-high end card from it's current high end status.
Sadly, I feel that full Direct X 12 games will start to make the 900 series obsolete.

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09:43 Apr-22-2016

Why I've been recommending the 390/X for awhile now. Purely for the full DX12 usability.

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03:47 Apr-23-2016

You'll be fine. Tech is stuck and they don't wanna admit it...

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18:39 Apr-23-2016

tech has been stuck since 2011, that's why so many people started prefering PC compared to consoles.

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20:43 Apr-21-2016

If they are a big enough upgrade I will probably get 2 of the next Titan class GPUs. IF they are a big enough upgrade over my current 980TI's.

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20:08 Apr-21-2016

GTX 1080Ti for sure

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17:58 Apr-21-2016

if GTX 1060 is more powerful than GTX 970 , it will be a great move by Nvidia , just imagine GTX 1070 OR 1080 , and next titan! , ofc less power consumption!

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18:03 Apr-21-2016

no titan pls, they should keep the die size below 400mm2

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00:49 Apr-22-2016

Well if previous GTX lines are an indication, the 1060 should be on par or slightly above the 970. For instance, the GTX 760 is about equal to the GTX 670, and the same goes for the next, my GTX 770 is mostly on par with the later 960.

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16:57 Apr-21-2016

still waiting for news of 1070, nvidia always nails that sweetspot :)

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16:40 Apr-21-2016

I think i have rushed my upgrade from 760 to 980... how do i explain my wife that i need expensive GPU again? ;(

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17:00 Apr-21-2016

It's easy just buy it tell her what happens and wait this few months untill she starts talking with you again ;)

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23:35 Apr-21-2016

Buy flowers for wife. Take wife out to dinner. Be nice to wife. Wife won't care about GPU :)

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04:52 Apr-22-2016

That only works if the total of dinner + flowers is more than for the GPU. As if...

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14:23 Apr-22-2016

That would be some crazy expensive diner :O

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16:28 Apr-21-2016

Interesting, It could be my next choice after a long time...I'm a x60 Lover :D

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16:23 Apr-21-2016

Can't wait to see these graphics cards on game debate and see the performance they will deliver compared to each others and targeted towards some games. I hope the 1060 will be 10-15% more powerful than the 970 with 40% less power usage.

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16:13 Apr-21-2016

Someone know when are Amd releasing their card sets . I am so excited :) I will definitely buy 1060 (70) or same price >performance card from amd >In mine country Nvidia is so expensive 960 is like 20 euros more Expensive the 380 .I was gonna buy 380 in couple of days but i think i can wait a little :) Ofc all will go with i5 4460 or i5 4670k if price of cpu go at least a little down which i doubt :P

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19:36 Apr-21-2016

AMD is launching their cards within a few weeks of Nvidia

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21:48 Apr-21-2016

Well then its great for me :) I was thinking of buying 380 or 960 (380 is less expensive where i am :) But i think i can wait a month or too ^_^ i think i will go for 200 -250 euros price point card so .. 1060 -1070 or amd equivalent . Great year for upgrade for me :)

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15:56 Apr-21-2016

Late Q3 falls into the timeline I have been telling people for awhile now.
Mid June: 1070 & 1080 (possibly GDDR5X)
Late August: 1060 & maybe 1050 (GDDR5)
November: 1080ti & next Titan series (HBM2)

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18:16 Apr-21-2016

Hooo. I thought Pascal line was going to be all hbm lines up v.v

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01:03 Apr-22-2016

Nope. Only the flagship cards like the next Titan & the 1080ti will have HBM2.

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15:33 Apr-21-2016

I wonder because of the low power consumption we could have a 1060 that runs directly off of the pcie slot and don't require any input from a power supply. This would be great for people that have a basic home pc but don't want to by a new psu because its a non modular.

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14:58 Apr-21-2016

So are the first pascal / polaris cards going to be 500 $ high end gpu's?

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15:09 Apr-21-2016

Yeah unfortunately, we will most likely have a repeat of what happened with the 900 Series with the GTX 1070 and 1080 releasing first, then followed by the GTX 1060 and then the titan card and so on.

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14:34 Apr-21-2016

So when this come out would it be equal or slightly more powerful than the current GTX 960 but more power efficient or will it be quite a bit more powerful than the current GTX 960?


I know this may sound stupid but I am really confused as to how this next leap in graphics cards works as I've been told by other people that the next gen cards will have roughly the same power but they will be more efficient which to me seems kind of pointless

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14:47 Apr-21-2016

Both...it will consume less power and give more performance

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14:50 Apr-21-2016

It will probably be as powerful as the current GTX 970 or slightly less powerful, however for a much more affordable price point and with less power consumption due to the lithography change from 28nm to 16nm.

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14:57 Apr-21-2016

Thanks for the reply, your explanation helps a lot

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15:02 Apr-21-2016

Np man, glad to help. :) I would of explained more but i ran out of text. XD

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