Nvidia has unveiled the much-hyped GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card which is due to release over the next few weeks. Like the GTX 1060 6GB released last month, the new 3GB variant uses the same GP106 graphics core but with one of the SM units disabled. This results in GPU having 1152 CUDA cores compared to 1280 on the full blown die. The TMU count is cut down to 72 though the card retains its 48 ROPs.
Other specifications including the core clock speeds, memory bus-width and bandwidth remain the same. The 3GB GDDR5 memory is clocked at 8 GHz effective clock across 192-bit bus, delivering a total of 192 GB/s bandwidth. The card features core clock speed of 1506MHz with 1708MHz boost clock.
The TDP is rated at the same 120W with power provided through a single 6-pin connector. The GTX 1060 3GB also retains the basic Pascal features such as support for NVIDIA SMP, NVIDIA ANSEL, DirectX 12 / Vulkan API and VR-Ready gaming performance.
Unlike previous GTX 10 series Pascal card, there’s no Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 3GB variant, instead it will launch in a range of cards using third party coolers. As for the pricing, the card starts at $199 in the US, with a £189 cost in the UK.
That being said, the GTX 1060 3GB is already available for purchase over at Lynx Tmall. The card in question is Gainward GTX 1060 3G Whirlwind priced at ¥1599 which roughly converts to $241.
Obviously, the price doesn’t match the $199 price-point but this is a common practice with vendors that list products before their official launch. Hopefully, we’ll see more reasonable pricing once the card hits shelves later this month.
Nvidia Finally Takes on AMD’s Polaris GPUs
In terms of performance, the cut-down GTX 1060 will rival two AMD Polaris cards, the Radeon RX 470 and the four gig version of the RX 480. Right now, AMD is dominating the lower to mid-range market sector with its 14nm Pascal based cards. Given these Pascal cards feature 4GB VRAM as the minimum, it won’t be easy for Nvidia to go up against its competition with a 3GB GPU.
While the more memory makes the card more future-proof, we can’t ignore the fact that Nvidia’s GeForce GPUs have a history of excellent memory management, and this has only got improved with the launch of their latest Pascal architecture. So we’re expecting to see some fierce competition between Pascal and Polaris in that area.
We’ll update you with more information on GTX 1060 3GB when it launches. Do you think this cut-down version can beat the Radeon RX 470? Let us know in the comments below.