Now that the 1080 and the 1070 are out of the way, Nvidia can focus on the swankier (and much more affordable) midrange graphics cards. Today, they unveiled the GTX 1060, and much like the other entries into the pascal line, it appears to be remarkably fast for its cost.
Arriving later this month, the GTX 1060 dishes up performance 2-3x faster than a 960, at least according to Nvidia’s own performance benchmarks, and it comes with 6GB of VRAM. On top of all this, the 1060 is also impressively power efficient.
Of course, much like with all benchmarks coming from the mouths of those who made the card, there’s a grain of salt to be had, but neither the 1070 nor the 1080 disappointed on a performance front (or any other front for that matter). Except maybe the front of price and availability. Both of those cards have been sold out everywhere, and much more expensive than their MSRP to combat the demand.
Nvidia’s own founder’s edition of the GTX 1060 has a price tag of $299 and will arrive first, only July 19th, and then – as per norm – the partner cards will show up a few weeks later for $249. I would wager that similar to the previous cards in the pascal line, they will sell like hotcakes, the prices will fly sky high, and actual availability won’t come until sometime later. But if you’re fast and lucky, then maybe you can score a GTX 1060 early and for an affordable price.
Because that’s just what the 1060 is aiming to provide. It’s impressive how much performance it’s dishing out for its cost. This comes right on the heels of AMD revealing their own RX 480. They’re definitely in competition, and honestly it seems like both cards can hold their own.
For anyone in the market for a new graphics card and can’t or isn’t willing to shell out the dough for a 1070 or a 1080, then a GTX 1060 or an RX 480 is right up their alley. I’m still not sure I’d recommend upgrading if you’re sporting a 900 series card, but it’s hard to resist the smell of a brand new video card.
This I know.