NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 Revealed, Brings 980 Performance for Under $250

    When graphics card company NVIDIA revealed its latest high-end gaming cards back in May, the company showcased the Geforce GTX 1080 and 1070 products. These not only promised better performance but also a massively reduced cost. Now the company has unveiled the baby of the bunch, the Geforce GTX 1060.

    Aimed at the mainstream consumer PC market the new 1060 promises performance similar to the GTX 980 and twice the energy efficiency in virtual reality (VR), but for a fraction of the cost.

    The GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps and a boost clock of 1.7GHz, which can be overclocked to 2GHz for further performance.

    Apart from performance one of the biggest notable changes between the GTX 1060 and the higher-end GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, will be the plastic housing design. There’s also no SLI connectors on the card. Connectivity wise there’s not a great deal of difference, it features a single dual-link DVI port, three DisplayPorts and HDMI 2.0. Power comes from a single six-pin PCI Express input, and consumes just 120W.

    Other features include support for NVIDIA VRWorks, a software developer kit and NVIDIA Ansel, a capture tool for gamers.

    Starting at $249 USD the GTX 1060 will launch on 19th July 2016 and custom boards from NVIDIA GeForce Partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac will be available.

    As with the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 NVIDIA will also be releasing a Founder’s Edition starting $299. This the company claims: “is crafted with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminum body machine finished for strength and rigidity and a thermal solution designed to run cool and quiet.”

    Earlier today NVIDIA announced its VR carnival videogame, VR Funhouse would launch later this month for free and work with all its series 10 cards and the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD).

    VRFocus will continue its coverage of NVIDIA, reporting back with the latest product and software announcements.