Just before the official release of AMD’s new Radeon RX 480, a photo of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 shows up in Hong Kong. I wasn’t expecting to see the GTX 1060 to appear so soon, considering that the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 were recently released. Could it be that NVIDIA is planning to release the GTX 1060 earlier than expected to counter AMD’s RX 480 and the upcoming Vega 10?
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Pictured
The picture of the GeForce GTX 1060 was first spotted on Reddit and it bares NVIDIA’s reference design cooler. Most probably this will be called GTX 1060 Founder Edition as well, just a guess. However, the cooler on the GTX 1060 looks like a downgrade compared to the reference cooler on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. It looks somewhat plasticky, and if you look at the PCB portion notice that the actual PCB is shorter compared to the length of the cooler.
At this point in time, there are only a handful of rumors regarding the specs of the GTX 1060. It’s rumored to feature NVIDIA’s GP106 GPU and probably a 4GB or 6GB of GDDR5 memory. The price of the GTX 1060 is also a big question mark. And in terms of performance, it is also unknown and we can only speculate. If the GTX 1070 is on par or slightly faster compared to the GTX 980 Ti, perhaps the GTX 1060 could be on par with the GTX 970 or in between the performance of a GTX 980 and GTX 970.
Some are saying that AMD’s new Radeon RX 480 is potentially faster than the GTX 1060, or probably it’s the other way around. However, we are expecting that the new GTX 1060 will be released (shortly) after the Radeon RX 480 is released. The RX 480 will be officially released just a few hours from now, so we might be seeing the GTX 1060 probably towards the end of July or August, or sometime in fall.