UPDATE: Nvidia has officially confirmed the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X graphics card via an update on its official storefront.
The updated GeForce GTX 1060 has been released with very little fanfare, Nvidia effectively pushing it silently to market. The shift to GDDR5X from GDDR5 is a small yet welcome improvement that should provide a modest performance improvement.
On the surface, this appears to be a comparatively pointless move in the grand scheme of things, but the GeForce GTX 1060 is still Nvidia's most popular graphics card. With an AMD Radeon RX 590 rumoured to be right around the corner, this would leave Nvidia usurped within a crucial price bracket of the GPU market.
As it currently stands, we've got no actual performance figures to wrap our heads around. On memory clocks alone though, we're looking at a minimum of 10Gb/s memory speeds, compared to 8Gb/s on the original GTX 1060 and 9Gb/s on the first revision. The jump from 9Gb/s to 10Gb/s would increase memory bandwidth from 224GB/s to 240GB/s
This should translate to slightly faster performance at both 1080p and 1440p, although it's the former screen resolution at which the GeForce GTX 1060 has traditionally excelled.
Aside from the faster memory though, the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X is exactly the same specs as before. This means 4.4 TFLOPs compute performance and the same 120W TDP as the standard GTX 1060.
Original Story: 19-Oct-2018 - Rumour: Nvidia Has a GDDR5X Variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 in the Pipeline
Coming down firmly into rumour territory, reports have emerged that Nvidia could have a variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 with faster GDDR5X memory waiting in the wings.
Videocardz notes that sources familiar with Gigabyte are claiming the modified GeForce GTX 1060 could be inbound. While a reference model may be off the cards, it seems AIB partners could be looking to push the new, faster GTX 1060 6GB to market.
Functionally, we’d ordinarily expect a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X to probably be nearly identical to the current model. However, this particular model is allegedly based on a cut-down version of the GP104 GPU used for the GeForce GTX 1080, rather than the GP106 GPU traditionally used for the GeForce GTX 1060.
If true, this throws the potential specs of the GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X a little up in the air. However, it could obviously utilise faster GDDR5X memory rather than GDDR5, which should help in memory intensive titles.
As for why this would even need to be a thing, the smart money is on a quick stop-gap alternative to the rumoured AMD Radeon RX 590. This rumour has a little more substance to it though, with an apparent RX 590 cropping up in the 3DMark benchmark database. That particular graphics card looks to have around 10-15% performance headroom over a GTX 1060, so Nvidia could be looking to close the gap until the GeForce GTX 2060 is ready to hit the market.
What are your thoughts, can you see Nvidia upgrading the VRAM on its current GTX 1060? Or does this just seem a pointless endeavour when a new 2060 model is probably right around the corner?