The Pascal Plot
Yesterday, we reported about Nvidia hosting its secretive meeting where only the selected press around the world will be introduced to GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 alongside the World Premiere of next game from the battlefield franchise. These couple of months have been all about the leaks and speculations in between which GTX 1060 and GTX 1060(Ti) have been somewhere trapped inside the whirlpool away from the spotlight.
Information regarding GTX 1060 and GTX 1060(Ti) was leaked months ago along with other Pascal GPUs. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 stayed under the spotlight for long. Also, consecutive leaks about GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 kept the fire fueled. Both Pascal and Polaris GPUs have huge potential which leads this to a very serious competition.
- GP100: First generation Pascal flagship which will replace the GM200 die. Powers the “Tesla P100” based DGX-1 board.
- GP104: First generation high-end Pascal GPU which will replace the GM204. Thought to power the GTX 1080/GTX 1070.
- GP106: First generation mid end Pascal GPU which will replace the GM206. Thought to power the GTX 1060 and the Drive PX2.
- GP107/108: First generation low-end Pascal GPU which will replace the GM107/GM108 chips respectively.
Altogether, we know that all the cards presented by Nvidia at Computex are expected to exceed the minimum VR requirements.This will prove as a boost for the VR industry. Along with this, we reported about the leaked pictures of the GTX 1080 shroud just about last week. So this brings us to the actual specifications of the products. The following information will cover everything we know about the GTX 1060 and GTX 1060Ti.
The Geforce GTX 1060
According to rumours, GTX 1060(GP106) will be launching in the fall of 2016. This card may be placed at the bottom of the Pascal list but surely isn’t a low-end card which struggles to provide the required experience. This card will lean towards the budget gaming section. Image courtesy of VideoCardz.com
As for the size, the die size appears to be around 200mm². Also, if the GPU has two Global Processing Clusters then we can expect around 1280 CUDA cores (256 CUDA Cores per Streaming Multi-Processor and 5 SMPs per GPC). Nvidia GTX 1060 should work only on power provided by the PCIe by design but will probably have an optional 6 pin connector added by AIBs to ensure overclocking headroom.
We don’t have actual pricing information but expect this card to be placed anywhere near $179 to $229.
The Geforce GTX 1060 (Ti)
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As the name suggests, GTX 1060Ti (GP104-150-A1) will be more of a beefed up version of the GTX 1060. It will feature 6GB (DDR5) of video memory, larger than the 4GB of GTX 1060 which altogether points at a 192-bit bus.
Specifications for this card are yet to be revealed. Pascal architecture has incredible potential. Random benchmarks were spotted on 3DMark and if GTX 1060 (Ti) is one of them, then an overclocked version of the card can even be powerful enough to reach the VR minimum spec (GTX 970 performance levels) which will allow Nvidia to market an additional VR ready GPU.
Expect this card to be priced around $249 to $329.
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