As expected, here's the official announcement from NVIDIA regarding the GeForce GTX 1060. The bad news is this is another paperlaunch but the good news is that both the custom versions and the NVIDIA Founder's Edition (aka the reference card) will start shipping on July 19th. The Founder's Edition is priced at $299 whereas the custom cards from NVIDIA's partners will start at $249.
The full specifications were revealed today and NVIDIA claims the card will offer GTX 980-level performance but for actual reviews to confirm the performance claims you'll have to wait until July 19th. The GP106 GPU powers the GeForce GTX 1060, this GPU features 1280 CUDA cores and has a 192-bit memory bus with 6GB GDDR5 memory. There is no 3GB GDDR5 version so it seems this model either got cancelled or the rumors were inaccurate.
The base clockspeed is 1506MHz, the Boost clockspeed is 1708MHz and the GDDR5 memory is clocked at 8000MHz. The recent leaks were correct, the GeForce GTX 1060 has a 120W TDP and the reference card uses a 6-pin PCIe power connector. It's 9.82" long and features 3x DP 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b, and 1x Dual Link-DVI outputs.
At the $249 price point and with an expected performance advantage of 8-10 percent, the GeForce GTX 1060 will definitely turn up the heat for AMD's Radeon RX 480. The latter costs $239 in its 8GB configuration and has a 150W TDP - which it typically exceeds according to a wide variety of reviews. The real question of course is how widely the GTX 1060 will be available at launch.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today added the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 to its Pascal™ family of gaming GPUs, complementing the GTX 1080 and 1070, which have set records for speed and power efficiency following their launch two months ago.
Like the entire Pascal architecture GPU lineup, and with a starting price of only $249, the GTX 1060 has been crafted for speed and optimized for performance per watt. Manufactured on the leading-edge FinFET 16nm process, the GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980-level performance and twice the energy efficiency in VR. It consumes only 120 watts of power while driving the latest VR and DirectX 11/12 PC games at blistering speeds.
The GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps and a boost clock of 1.7GHz, which can be easily overclocked to 2GHz for further performance. Across the top gaming titles, GTX 1060 is on average 15 percent faster and over 75 percent more power efficient than the closest competitive product at stock speeds.(1)
GTX 1060 for Every Gamer, Everywhere -- Starting at $249
GTX 1060 custom boards will be available starting July 19 from NVIDIA GeForce Partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. The NVIDIA GeForce Partners represent a global network that will deliver GTX 1060 to gamers in 238 countries and territories. The MSRP will start at $249.
SMP Technology Integrated into Top Game Engines; More Than 30 Titles in Development
The GTX 1060 supports NVIDIA VRWorks™, a software developer kit that allows developers to intertwine what users see, hear and touch with the physical behavior of the environment -- convincing them that their virtual experience is real.
Included with VRWorks is NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which allows the GTX 1060 to seamlessly project a single image simultaneously to both eyes, yielding a 3x VR graphics performance improvement over previous generation GPUs. This allows GTX 1060 users to play VR games with higher levels of detail, without sacrificing performance or quality, for a more realistic, immersive experience.
Simultaneous Multi-Projection is being integrated into the world's biggest game engines, Unreal Engine and Unity. More than 30 games are already in development, including Unreal Tournament, Poolnation VR, Everest VR, Obduction, Adr1ft and Raw Data.
NVIDIA Ansel Integrated into 'Mirror's Edge: Catalyst' and 'Witcher 3'; Available this Month
The GTX 1060 also supports NVIDIA Ansel™ technology, a powerful game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore, capture and share the artistry of gaming in ways never before possible. With Ansel, users can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction, from any vantage point within a gaming world, and then capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing with a VR headset or Google Cardboard.
Gamers will be able to experience Ansel for themselves with Mirror's Edge: Catalyst next week, and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, later this month. Many more Ansel-enabled games are in development, including Epic Games' Fortnite, Paragon and Unreal Tournament; Cyan Worlds' Obduction; Thekla's The Witness; Boss Key Productions' Lawbreakers; Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division; and the highly anticipated No Man's Sky from Hello Games.
VR Funhouse Available This Month on Steam, Adds GTX 1060 Support
NVIDIA VR Funhouse -- the company's VR carnival game -- will be available for free later this month from Valve's Steam digital distribution service. Developed on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, VR Funhouse will work on GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs and HTC Vive VR headsets. It will also be open sourced to developers and artists so they can create their own VR Funhouse attractions.
Special Limited Founder's Edition, Direct from NVIDIA
The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder's Edition board -- designed and built by NVIDIA -- will be available starting July 19 for $299 at www.nvidia.com only. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder's Edition is crafted with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminum body machine finished for strength and rigidity and a thermal solution designed to run cool and quiet.
Like the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founder's Edition boards, a dual-FETs power supply is used to improve power efficiency, along with a low impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators.