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?