I was not expecting NVIDIA to release the GeForce GTX 1060 so soon. We know it was coming, but not this soon. A few days ago, right before AMD was about to release their new Radeon RX 480, a photo of a certain GeForce GTX 1060 shows up from Hong Kong. After reviewers published their respective Radeon RX 480 reviews, Videocardz leaked some slides revealing partial specifications of the GeForce GTX 1060. NVIDIA is also holding an event this July 7, which is most probably the event where NVIDIA will officially announce the GTX 1060. No doubt that the slides look like an official marketing material from NVIDIA. The new GeForce GTX 1060 will combat AMD’s RX 480, offers “much faster” performance than the RX 480, and is said to have a performance like a GTX 980. Check out the slides below.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Specs and Release Date Revealed
According to the leaked slides, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is based on a Pascal GP106 die, a smaller version of the GP104 powering the GTX 1080/1070, and will feature 1280 CUDA cores with a boost clock speed of 1.7GHz. It will also have 6GB of GDDR5 memory, with 8 Gbps of memory speed, 192 GB/s memory bandwidth and runs on a 192-bit memory interface. Its TDP is 120W and will draw power from a 6-pin PCIe power connector. It will also feature the usual output connectors: 3x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0B and DL-DVI.
The leaked slides didn’t mention that the release date is on July 7. But since they got a copy of the press slides already, I’m pretty sure they also know when the NDA for the GTX 1060 lifts. Not sure if the GTX 1060 will immediately become available on July 7 (probably not). But even if this is just a paper launch, NVIDIA is trying to say “hey don’t buy the RX 480 yet, we have a mainstream card, and it’s faster and better than the RX 480” something like that.
The price for the GeForce GTX 1060 was not leaked, but if the GTX 1070 can go for as low as $379 (SRP at launch) and the RX 480 is around $199-$239 (depending on the memory size), probably the GeForce GTX 1060 will be a $250-ish graphics card.
For those who are planning to buy the RX 480, now that you know the GTX 1060 is just around the corner offering faster speeds, will you hold off and wait for some GTX 1060 vs RX 480 benchmark/reviews? Or are you already convinced that the RX 480 will be your next graphics card?