The first entry for the GeForce GTX 1060 has been spotted in a shipping database. Whilst Nvidia has yet to confirm such a graphics card even exists, it’s basically inevitable the mid-range Pascal GPUs will arrive later in the year. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 is set to be the first card to ship with a GP106 GPU, and the great news is the shipping information all but confirms Nvidia has upped the 1060 to a wider 256-bit memory interface, up from the measly 128-bit on the GTX 960.
As bottlenecks go it was quite a major one for the 960, but doubling up the bus width should hopefully ensure the GTX 1060 is a decent choice for gaming at 1080p or possibly even 1440p. Details are obviously a little scarce at this early stage, but it’s thought the GTX 960 will come with either 4GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory as standard.
Looking towards the chip itself, rumours point towards it packing 1280 CUDA cores, down from 1920 on the GTX 1070. That gives you some idea of where the GTX 1060 could sit in terms of performance, roughly 60% of the performance of the full fat GTX 1070. In regards to the current crop of graphics cards, this would put the mid-tier GeForce GTX 1060 alongside the GTX 970.
One other exciting factor though is the improvements to efficiency. We’ve seen it with the GTX 1080 and we’re going to see it here with the GTX 1060 - more performance for lower TDP. In fact, the GTX 1060 may even run entirely off of power from a PCIe slot, as we saw with the GTX 750 Ti.
Considering pricing is likely to be around or slightly above GTX 960 launch, we can see a card like the GTX 1060 launch from anywhere between $240 - $300. Should it be at the lower end of that scale it enters must-buy territory, particularly those looking for a cheap VR solution to go with their expensive headsets.
Plenty of you no doubt have you eyes on an upgrade soon, but will you be waiting for a GeForce GTX 1060 later this year? Or are you looking elsewhere for your graphics card fix?