It’s official: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has 1152 CUDA Cores

As reported by ITHome, At a special event in Asia, Nvidia has officially confirmed the specifications of the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Variant. With 1151 CUDA cores and a boost clock of 1.7GHz, the TDP remains the same as the 6GB variant – at 120W. So from the specs, it appears that the only difference between the 6GB variant and the 3GB model is the CUDA core count.

GTX 1060 3GB
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The boost clock will also be similar – at 1.7 GHz. Both variants – the 6GB and 3GB models – feature 3X DP1.4/HDMI 2.08/DVI-D for display connectivity. The cards will require additional 6-pin connector though.

The fact that Nvidia is launching two products with the same model name but with different GPU configs is quite strange. The GTX 1060 6GB variant could have been named GTX 1060 Boost. Instead, now there are two GTX 1060 cards with same name but with different CUDA core count and different frame buffer.

GTX 1060
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GTX 1060 3GB First Models Revealed

Gainward has already revealed the first models of the GeForce GTX 1060. The pic shows 3GB GDDR5 memory and 192-bit memory bus.

GTX 1060
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GTX 1060
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GTX 1060
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The pic above shows 106 TMUs. This is reported incorrectly. It should actually read 72 TMUs, not 106.

The GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB model will also have NVIDIA SMP Support, NVIDIA ANSEL Support, DirectX 12 / Vulkan API Support and VR-Ready gaming performance, just like the 6 GB variant. The GTX 1060 is likely to be priced close to $199 US. This pricing means it will compete against both RX 480 4 GB and RX 470 custom models.

GeForce 10 Pascal Family Specs –

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan X
Graphics CoreGP106GP106GP104GP104GP102
Process Node16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size200mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2
Transistors4.4 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1518 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1733 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz
FP32 Compute4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs
VRAM3 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface192-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP120W120W150W180W250W
Display Outputs3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateSep-1613th July 201610th June 201627th May 20162nd August 2016
Launch Price$199 US?$249 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US

The GTX 6GB variant features same specs as the desktop but with lower clock speeds. With 1280 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and ROPs, this variant clocks at 1405 MHz and 1671 MHz boost clock with memory at 8 GHz. The GTX 1060 has high clock speeds during performance tests that definitely exceed its specifications. It can boost up to 1800 MHz while consuming less than 80W. Now that’s a really good performance! Although not as great as GTX 980 (mobility), this is fair considering the GTX 1060 is priced lower.

The GTX 6GB and 3GB variant are likely to capture a decent share of graphics card market. Both are priced competitively for the performance that they offer.

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