Earlier today, graphics card manufacturer Nvidia unveiled the GTX 1060, their newest graphics processing unit as part of their Pascal line of cards. Set to compete with the newly-released RX 480 from AMD, the GTX 1060 will fill the role of an entry-level graphics card positioned alongside the more powerful GTX 1070 and 1080 cards.
While you might be quick to dismiss the GTX 1060 as a less-capable budget card, Nvidia is touting some rather impressive specifications. Built on the brand new GP106 chip, the GTX 1060 will feature 1280 CUDA Cores. Compared to the GTX 960, which packed in 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 6 Gbps, the 1060 will ship with a much beefier 6 GB running at 8 Gbps, with a 192-bit memory interface to boot. These specs were leaked a few days ago, though Nvidia has now officially confirmed the card’s existence and technical specs.
Nvidia is also promising performance on par with the GTX 980, with a TDP of 120 W. The increased efficiency is par for the course with the entire Pascal line, with the 1060 set to run off a single 6 pin connector. While a Founders Edition will launch for $299, third party boards will launch for $249. Both versions of the card will launch on July 19.