GeForce GTX 1060 Spotted In Shipping Manifest - Sports A Wider 256-bit Memory Interface

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, May 21, 2016 4:30 PM

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? 

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22:44 May-30-2016

Gtx 1060/1060ti performance will be between 970/980


http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-confirmed/

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19:39 May-30-2016

i think NVIDIA is trying to make the cheapest high-end graphic card

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14:36 May-29-2016

I got my sights locked onto GTX 1070, as you can see from my test rig. :P

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00:27 May-29-2016

we will see if this will have vram like 970 :D so 3,5gb on 256bit and 0,5gb on lower bits but I think nvidia will never try cheat like with 970 :)

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20:57 May-24-2016

This is my Opinion:
GTX 1060 256BITS 4GB GDDR5 I think about 6-7GBPS Memory Speed
219-299$ Price
AND A 5-10% better performance than GTX 970
100-120W TDP AND ofc a higher base/boost clock than previous generation :D

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00:00 May-25-2016

If AMD pulls a "cheap VR" move with r9 480(X) at like 200-249 then I think this gpu will be priced in the similar category .. as of right now, Nvidia has a large gap between 199$ Gtx 960(4gb) and 300-329$ Gtx 970 .. I think AMD will pull more gpu market share in the next couple of monts cuzz of 200-299% price range polaris 10 gpus :)

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06:43 May-27-2016

if AMD implemented something similar to simultaneous multi projection, that would substantially reduce the compute requirements for a VR ready card, like if a 24 CU version of Polaris 11 is put out (my math puts it just ahead of a 970 in compute), there, we have like a sub $150 VR ready card, or bump up the clock speed of full P11 so it is equal to or greater than a 970 in compute

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05:16 May-24-2016

i hope they dont delay it as they did with GTX 960

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14:16 May-23-2016

Wainting for this or R9 480.

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00:25 May-29-2016

renamed R9 380x u mean :D

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12:18 May-23-2016

256bit vram will need significantly more power than 128bit vram,
so either it will not require additional power connector OR it will have 256bit vram OR will be heavily underclocked

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16:58 May-23-2016

It wont be heavily underclocked .. It will have 256-bit bus, 4gb or 8gb memory, and probably 1280 cuda cores ... so, GTX 1070 has 1920 CC, and 150w TDP .. you dont need "high" TDP for 1280 CC on 16nm arhitecture .. probably under 75w card with no aditional power connector or with one 6-pin connector for overclocking .. :)

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20:56 May-22-2016

"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."


Typo...

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17:14 May-29-2016

I think 4GB will be standard, if it is 8GB GDDR5 i think it will cost a little expencive!

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18:45 May-22-2016

If a gtx 1060 exists i'll buy it :)

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19:08 May-22-2016

You might want to upgrade your CPU first.

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07:35 May-23-2016

Yes , obviously I would upgrade it or else it would bottleneck seriously

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16:22 May-22-2016

how much would i have to oc my cpu not to bottle neck it by much? I have a Arctic Freezer 13 on it but i didn't oc yet because it works fine with my current gpu

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18:02 May-22-2016

iv seen a test with that cpu and a 260x and 290 the 290 only managed about 10% more fps than the 260x so i don't think overclocking will really help you so much, that cpu already boosts to 4.1 and could probably clock to around 4.5/4.6

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15:12 May-23-2016

alright, i'll check that out. thanks

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15:21 May-23-2016

your welcome :) i cant remember where i seen the test but google will know the way

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15:54 May-22-2016

If I were to guess I would say that the 1060 will have 4GB GDDR5. That would be the one of the ways to hit a lower price range.

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15:48 May-22-2016

Not sure if my CPU will bottleneck any of the 1000 series. I really DON'T wanna buy a new motherboard as well as a new CPU just for a new GPU. sigh

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01:36 May-23-2016

Intel 3rd Gen processor doing fine for now until DDR4 Mobo become new mainstream.

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14:18 May-23-2016

If you just want to get 60 FPS you'll be fine with an i5. ;)

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15:35 May-22-2016

Hmm, I could've waited, but I had a 1080p display and the 560ti was not good enough for it...

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12:05 May-22-2016

Should I buy 970 now or wait for 1060?

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13:05 May-22-2016

wait

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11:20 May-22-2016

Should i get this 1060 or 1070 lol? I only need 1080p gaming. I'd love to get that 1070, even for future proof. Better now just wait for both of them released.

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17:56 May-22-2016

For future 1070 will be really good.

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10:16 May-22-2016

i really want but get a 1070 but if this card has amazing performance for the money i may just get it.

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10:33 May-22-2016

your cpu would bottleneck a 1070, probably even the 1060

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12:00 May-22-2016

What about mine?

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13:02 May-22-2016

there is still bottleneck! you need an i5 at least!

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15:47 May-22-2016

Hate to even ask, but I was told two different stories. Would mine bottleneck? I have an i5. Seems fine for my 770 then again the card is old..then again so is my CPU. Someone told me it would, but another said it would be fine for the1070?

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16:28 May-22-2016

you will probably have a slight bottleneck if you went with the 1070, when running with a titan x your cpu doesn't drop many frames compared to mine so if you wanted a 1070 i wouldn't worry about it too much

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17:34 May-22-2016

It depends on the game being played and which version of DirectX the game uses. Open world games & some RTS games using Dx11 may suffer just a little, but Dx12 & Vulkan games should be alright for your older i5.

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09:25 May-22-2016

This with a FX 6300? Need help.

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10:02 May-22-2016

i used to have that cpu :) . . . its a little hard to tell without seeing benchmarks of the gtx1060 but tbh id be surprised if that cpu didn't bottleneck it, the 1000 series cards are looking to be really good

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14:50 May-23-2016

hmm okay then.. i just hope i would be able to..

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15:25 May-23-2016

its said the fx8350 needs to be clocked around 4.5 to keep up with a gtx970, the 1060 will be on that level if not above it so it doesn't look too bad but equally doesn't look good either, sorry buddy nvidia is making good cards atm

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15:32 May-23-2016

personally if i was you id get the 1060 clock the 6300 as far as it would go, (mine would hit 4.4) and have peace of mind that i was getting the most out of my system :)

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09:09 May-22-2016

Shall I go with an i7-4770 with this GPU?

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10:20 May-22-2016

an i5 will be fine but id get the i7, id wait for Polaris to compare as well, i have a similar pc only just got a GT730 but ended up giving that to a friend so was looking at this to go with a G3460, it looks overly powerful for that cpu tho so seeing what Polaris has or going to wait for a 1050 to see what that's like

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06:37 May-22-2016

Yey! I hope it has at least 6GB vRAM :)

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11:07 May-22-2016

Shouldn't be possible if it has 256bit bus.

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