New pictures of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 along with benchmarks have been leaked. Performance evidence in the form of synthetic test using the benchmarking software 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ultra.
We begin with the alleged specifications, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will use Pascal GP106 silicon with 1280 CUDA cores, 106 TMUs and 48 ROPs (not 32 ROPs, something unusual in this segment) arriving at a Base / Turbo frequency of 1506/1709 MHz, while the tested model was equipped with 6GB of GDDR5 memory @ 8.00 GHz together with a memory interface of 192 bits gives us a bandwidth of 192 GB / s with a TDP of 120W.
GeForce GTX 1060 Vs Radeon RX 480
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 *||AMD Radeon RX 480|
|Graphics processor||Pascal GP106||Polaris 10 XT|
|Process Node||16nm FinFET||14nm FinFET|
|1506 MHz||1120 MHz|
|1709 MHz||1266 MHz|
|Maximum performance||4.4 TFLOPs||5.8 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||3 / 6GB GDDR5||4/8 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Speed||2000 MHz||2000 MHz|
|Bandwidth||192GB / s||256 GB / s|
|Release date||July 2016||June 2016|
|Price||$ 249 (3GB)
$ 299 (6GB)
|$ 199 (4 GB)
$ 239 (8 GB)
* Unofficial Specification
Let’s talk about what matters most, the graphics card performance. The GeForce GTX 1060 scored 11,225 points in 3DMark Fire Strike and 3,014 points in 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra. Around 10% higher than Radeon RX 480 (10,537 in 3DMark Fire Strike and 2,718 points in 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra).
Previously, NVIDIA has officially announced it via slide that GeForce GTX 1060 will be 15% faster, but it is not the case (at least in synthetic test). So now it all comes down to the prices, so we will have to wait to see if NVIDIA is able to not tackle AMD but outshine its presence in the mid-range market, which favored a drop in prices of custom models.