Take a look at the GTX 1060 in the first ever close up picture
There have been reports surrounding NVIDIA Corporation’s (NASDAQ:NVDA) plans to launch a third GPU in the Pascal lineup after GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, which successfully launched in May and June. The third GPU is none other than the GP106 powered GTX 1060, which will be positioned as the midrange offering in Pascal lineup and go head-to-head against Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMD) RX-480.
An image has popped up on the internet out of Reddit which provides us with the first look at what is allegedly GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition (via Videocardz). The graphics card features a similar design we’ve seen with GTX 1080’s and GTX 1070’s Founders Edition, there are more areas colored in black on the shroud in comparison and the same blower type fan.
The picture also reveals that NVIDIA will release a Founders Edition version for its midrange GPU. Rumors thus far indicate that GTX 1060 will feature 1280 CUDA Cores, 192-bit memory interface and 6GB GDDR5 memory.
According to Benchlife, there will be two variants of GP106 chip. The first is a 6GB version powered by GP106-400, and the second is 3GB version powered by GP106-300. Now that we have gotten our first look at the GTX 1060 in all its glory out from manufacturing, we can safely assume that the GPU is on its way for a Q3 2016 release. It should release sometime in August to tackle AMD’s RX-480 in the same segment.
AMD has positioned RX-480 as a strong contender for any GPU in the mainstream market. Its $199 price tag and performance close to a GTX 980 gives it a very strong standing in the market. NVIDIA must deliver on performance without a price tag that could play in favor of RX-480. At launch, it seems that AMD will have the edge as NVIDIA is assumingly going to launch Founders Edition first, and we know that it will not cost cheap.