Nvidia's entry-level GTX 1060 totally smokes the GTX 980

Nvidia's entry-level GTX 1060 totally smokes the GTX 980

Nvidia is out to prove it can deliver a graphics card that’s as affordable and even more powerful than the AMD Radeon RX 480.

Announced today, the GTX 1060 is officially the third graphics card built on Nvidia’s new Pascal architecture. Although it replaces the GTX 960, Nvidia claims the GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980-level performance.

Spec-wise, the Nvidia GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 – rather than the GDDR5X RAM on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 – memory running at 8Gbps. Users can easily achieve a boost clock of 1.7GHz, which they can then overclock to 2GHz for even more performance.

Despite putting a ton of emphasis on power, the latest GPU is also dramatically more power efficient and it only consumes 120-watts of electricity while driving the latest VR and DirectX 11/12 PC games.

Available starting July 19, pricing for the Nvidia GTX 1060 starts at $249 (about £192, AU$331) while the Founders Edition comes at a higher $299 (about £230, AU$398) premium.

A new graphics card isn’t the only thing Nvidia is introducing this month. Ansel, the company’s new in game screenshot tool, will also see its debut in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Additionally, Nvidia plans to release its VR Funhouse, a virtual reality experience designed for the HTC Vive, later this month as well.

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