NVIDIA GTX 1060 Founders Edition Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅19-07-16
Technical Specifications

Chipset:- GeForce GTX 1060
Digital max resolution:- 7680x4320
Core Clock:
- Base: 1506MHz
- Boost: 1709MHz
Memory Clock:- 8 Gbps
Process Technology:- 16 nm
CUDA Cores:- 1280
Memory Size:- 6GB GDDR5
Memory Bus:- 192-bit
Card Bus:- PCI-E 3.0
Memory Type:- GDDR5
DirectX:- 12
OpenGL:- 4.5
PCB Form:- ATX
Multi-view:- 4
- 1x Dual-link DVI-I
- 1x HDMI 2.0
- 3x Display Port 1.4
Suggested Power requirement:- 500W (6-pin external power connector)
Card Size:- 248mm x 98mm

Detailed Specifications

GP106 Block Diagram

SMs:- 10
CUDA Cores:- 1280
Base Clock:- 1506 MHz
GPU Boost Clock:- 1708 MHz
Texture Units:- 80
Texel fill-rate:- 120.5 Gigatexels/sec
Memory Clock (Data Rate):- 8,000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth:- 192 GB/sec
ROPs:- 48
L2 Cache Size:- 1536 KB
TDP:- 120 Watts
Transistors:- 4.4 billion
Die Size:- 200 mm²
Manufacturing Process:- 16 nm

The GP106 at the heart of the GTX 1060 is composed of 10 Shader Modules, with a hefty 128 CUDA Cores per SM. We understand that this is the full configuration of the GP106 and so wouldn’t anticipate a ‘GTX 1060Ti’ based on the same GPU. There’s plenty of scope for reduced specification GP106’s to be introduced lower down the range (notably including the rumoured 3GB variant with one fewer SM); this is unlikely to be the last we’ll see of this GPU model.

Comparisons with the Maxwell-era GTX 960 make for some pleasant reading. Despite a more compact Die Size (thanks in part to the new 16nm manufacturing process) and identical TDP, the GTX 1060 packs in 50% more transistors alongside 20% more CUDA cores. A wider 162-bit memory bus results in a 70% greater Memory Bandwidth, whilst the frame buffer size has been doubled to 6GB. All this, whilst the GPU engine still clocks to well over 1.7GHz in boost, as opposed to 1.2GHz for the GTX 960. It would be a shock of Leicester City proportions for the GTX 1060 to be beaten out but the 960, so lets see how it stacks up against more capable opposition.

Comparative Specs

Placed against the other members of the new Pascal range the GTX 1060’s position is clear. It features around half the CUDA cores of the GTX 1080 and less memory than the GTX 1070, resulting in a card that clearly targets lower resolutions and texture quality settings. On the flip side, the GTX 1060 still boasts the fast 8Gbps GDDR5 memory that has been used to great success in the GTX 1070 and premium Maxwell-era cards, so you can hardly accuse NVIDIA of opting for the cheap option.

The latest Pascal GPU also retains Pascal’s reputation for extremely high core clock capability, to the benefit of performance. NVIDIA have touted their dual-FET power supply design, which is in use for both core and memory power sources and improves power efficiency, whilst a low-impedence power delivery system and custom VRM’s should all serve to improve voltage stability. GTX 1060 hits higher boost clocks even than the GTX 1070, for which we have to thank both improved power efficiency and cooling more appropriate to the GPU. ASIC partners must be eager to show off what their own designs are capable of independent of the Founder’s Edition cooler design.

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