The mainstream graphics card segment is one huge apple pie of gamers, and Nvidia isn’t going to let AMD have all the pieces for themselves alone with the reveal of the GeForce GTX 1060. A 249 MSRP graphics card built specifically to tackle the needs of the mainstream gamers backed with the features of the Pascal Architecture.

The card as seen above is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition, with an MSRP of 299 USD. AIB partner cards will probably retain the 249 value, but that will most likely depend on the design and the cooling solution. Now this card has the GP106 GPU, featuring a 1280 CUDA cores, a fitting base clock at 1506 MHz, with a boost clock at 1708 MHz. Memory speed is at 8 Gbps, so that’s 2000 MHz effective. Card is configured with 6GB of VRAM, which is quite interesting to see in action since the GP106 part has a 192-bit bus width, less CUDA cores, and what not. The card has a TDP of 120W, which is definitely less than the GTX 970.


The PCB of the GTX 1060 Founders Edition is shorter than the cooler itself, and without a back plate. One interesting thing to note here is the position of the 6-pin power connector, which is routed at the end of the cooler’s extension as opposed to older implementations. The GeForce logo is LED lit by the way.


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As for performance, the GTX 1060 is around 2x faster than the GTX 960 , with a 3x performance lead at VR due to Pascal’s VR oriented features such as the inclusion of Simultaneous Multi-Projection technique and better memory compression algorithms. Nvidia also said that performance is around the likes of the GTX 980 for less power, launch price, and of course less heat output.


Now the card isn’t directly set to battle the recently released Radeon RX 480. the RX 480 remains at 199 and 229 USD, and that should be kept in mind. The GeForce GTX 1060 is set to release by July 19th internationally and could potentially affect the release of the non reference RX 480 graphics.

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