NVIDIA’s Pascal GPUs have shattered all previous records in overclocking by breaching the 3 GHz barrier at the GALAX GOC 2016 finals in Wuhan, China.

The card to have marked this landmark achievement is (once again) the Galaxy GeForce GTX 1060 HOF. Powered by a Pascal GP106 core, this is the same card that delivered 2.8 GHz on LN2 last month. Overall, the success story of the GTX 1060 HOF stands as a testimony to the overclocking prowess of Pascal’s FinFET node and architectural specifications.

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The Galax GTX 1060 HOF GOC carries 6 GB of GDDR5 memory alongside 1280 CUDA cores. The core clock and boost clock are maintained at 1620 MHz and 1847 MHz respectively. It features a 8 + 6 Pin power configuration. Despite having a TDP rating of 120-watt, the hefty PWM and VRMs demand a lot of power to ensure that the GPU remains stable even when at the peak of its overclocking potential.

As for the record-breaking 3GHz+ performance, three different teams were able to achieve it. The chip took only 21.685 seconds to finish GPUPI (10M) calculations, closely followed by the others. Apart from that, it also achieved a texture and pixel fill rate higher than that of the GeForce 1070. In fact, it fared better than even the GTX 1080 when it came to pixel fill rate.

On a related development, GALAX surprised many at the event by announcing a new compact, single-slot GeForce GTX 1070 card. So far we know, the forthcoming card will make use of a metallic shroud with an exposed area right on the surface to reveal the heatsink (entirely made of pure copper). The blower-type cooler is expected to do a pretty neat job in pushing the heat straight out of the vent. Meanwhile, the PCB which is smaller compared to the reference variant will feature an extended shroud cover.

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Other key specs include dual SLI connectors, single 8-Pin power connector, single HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort. The card is likely to debut in early 2017 and set back users $379.