Nvidia GTX 1060 Founders Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

nVidia GTX 1060 Founder Edition Review

Introduction

The Pascal equipped nVidia range has been a star so far. Performance comparisons are always worthwhile so that we can see how a new GPU might compare to our current range and the comparisons of the new models make for good reading. If you've missed our reviews so far then the GTX 1080 is around a GTX 980 SLI equivalent, the GTX 1070 is similar to a GTX 980 Ti, and today's review of the GTX 1060 promises to bring a GTX 980 level of smoothness to your gaming for a very affordable price.

You still get the Pascal benefits of the nVidia version of Freesync, a technology that gives you no screen tearing regardless of frame rate without requiring proprietary hardware and Ansel which lets you unleash your creativity by producing artistic screen grabs freed from the constraints of the game engine.

Normally with these midrange cards the performance emphasis for gamers comes from the affordability of pairing them up in SLI to give top-range performance for a sensible price. This is something which the GTX 1060 no longer supports as it is equipped with no SLI bridge fingers at all. Maybe nVidia are tired of people not buying their top models. However, we're getting ahead of ourselves, so let's look at the specifications.

Technical Specifications

The hardware of the GTX 1060 is, with a few minor exceptions, half the card that the GTX 1080 was. We have half the Graphics Processing Clusters which means half the number of SMs, half the CUDA cores and half the Texture Units. ROP units are slightly down from 64 to 48, and the memory is 6GB of regular GDDR5 rather than the 8GB of GDDR5X of the GTX 1080. Clock speeds remain high when compared to the recent generations of nVidia cards, and there are also the full range of display outputs. With half the price and half the features of the big GTX 1080, perhaps that lack of SLI capability is understandable.

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Most Recent Comments

19-07-2016, 09:02:03

AlienALX
£275 too spenny. Is that from Nvidia's site for the FE?

Nice card but it literally comes down to the pennies with this and the 480s. Literal pence between them.

Edit. Went to Nvidia no date. I predicted this but from what I was hearing I was all prepared to be wrong. So I will stand by what I said - Vapor launch.Quote

19-07-2016, 09:17:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
£275 too spenny. Is that from Nvidia's site for the FE?

Nice card but it literally comes down to the pennies with this and the 480s. Literal pence between them.

Edit. Went to Nvidia no date. I predicted this but from what I was hearing I was all prepared to be wrong. So I will stand by what I said - Vapor launch.

Pretty sure clockers have stock.Quote

19-07-2016, 09:31:23

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
£275 too spenny. Is that from Nvidia's site for the FE?

Nice card but it literally comes down to the pennies with this and the 480s. Literal pence between them.

Edit. Went to Nvidia no date. I predicted this but from what I was hearing I was all prepared to be wrong. So I will stand by what I said - Vapor launch.
Mindfactory has stock for five aftermarket cards.
It starts at 279€ in germany for an acceptable card, which is a tenner more than an 8GB reference 480, if i were in the market i'd probably get that over a 480. In a week or two they'll probably be down to ~260€. But there are also cards like the Strix OC for up to 350€, that's just too much money.Quote

19-07-2016, 09:38:14

King of Old Old School
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
£275 too spenny. Is that from Nvidia's site for the FE?

Nice card but it literally comes down to the pennies with this and the 480s. Literal pence between them.

Edit. Went to Nvidia no date. I predicted this but from what I was hearing I was all prepared to be wrong. So I will stand by what I said - Vapor launch.
Sorry dude not Vapor launch even places here have them in stock.Quote

19-07-2016, 09:44:33

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by King of Old School View Post
Sorry dude not Vapor launch even places here have them in stock.
Yup seems I was wrong Quote
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