But You Need DirectX 12
A couple of days ago, we reported that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 wont feature SLI, and that news alone puts a sour taste for the 249 USD card. With a full specification and slides leaked, we’ve found out that the GTX 1060 supports MDA and LDA Explicit mode. In layman’s term, MDA or Multi Display Adapter, is a new feature built within the DirectX 12 API, allowing the developers to mix match any GPUs should they enable the feature to work. LDA or Linked Display Adapter on the other hand has two modes: LDA Explicit, and LDA Implicit. Implicit being the LDA mode used by the Nvidia SLI, while LDA Explicit is the mode that can be used by the DirectX 12 API to enable two identical GPUs to act as one graphics adapter.
The news about these modes are nothing new, and has been a major feature of the DirectX 12 API since its launch with Windows 10. However, we just confirmed the support of the GTX 1060 for MDA and LDA modes so there’s that. Don’t get your hopes up to 100% though, as it is up to the DirectX 12 software developers to enable such feature. For now, the only confirmed available game with such modes supported is the Ashes of The Singularity. Rise of the Tomb Raider might also support both features but we haven’t checked if DirectX 12 MDA and LDA Explicit modes are supported in that game.
Now as for the GPU itself, slides suggests that the GTX 1060 fully supports Nvidia ANSEL and I’d be damned if it didn’t. Together with full ANSEL support, the card will feature the latest technologies built within the Pascal Architecture, and that includes the Turbo Boost 3.0. With Turbo Boost 3.0, an enough cooling solution, and a souped up VRM configuration, the GTX 1060 is able to hit 2 GHz boost clock speeds. 2012 MHz to be precise.
The card hits 2 GHz on air, with a GPU temperature hoovering at 74 Degree Celcius at the Unigine Heaven Benchmark. Current FPS readings from the screenshot is at 52 FPS, with a possible resolution of 1920 x 1080.SAUCE