In August, NVIDIA announced the new RTX 20-series graphics cards with Turing micro-architecture and Ray-Tracing technology. Yesterday, NVIDIA silently introduces an updated GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory, which is one of the most popular gaming graphics cards for mainstream consumers.
This is not the first time NVIDIA makes a different version of GTX 1060. It originally came with 3 GB/6 GB of GDDR5 memory at 8 Gbps, and later got updated to 9 Gbps. Now, the new variant is equipped with faster GDDR5X memory, which should at least run on 10 Gbps or more.
Other than the memory type and speed, the specifications of the new GTX 1060 remain the same, which has 1280 CUDA cores on the Pascal GPU micro-architecture. The GPU is clocked at 1506 MHz and can boost up to 1708 MHz for the Founders Edition card. The TDP is set at 120 watts. The GDDR5X memory is running on the same 192-bit bus, that can provide bandwidth up to 240 GB/s (10 Gbps). It is about 11.1% larger than the 9 Gbps model’s 216 GB/s.
The higher bandwidth should result in slightly better performance, and continue to operate perfectly for 1080p and 1440p gaming. At the same time, AMD is rumored to release the Radeon RX 590, which is a refreshed version of the RX 580. It would be interesting to see how the new GTX 1060 stack up against the RX 590.
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