NVIDIA unveils a GTX 1060 3GB GPU at a Chinese Press Conference

NVIDIA has showcased their new GTX 1060 3GB GPU at a Chinese Press conference, though the GPU is showing as GTX 1060 in reality, it’s not same as the 6GB version of GTX 1060. The 3GB Version not only lost half its memory but also has 128 less CUDA cores, a total of 1152 CUDA core compares to 1280 CUDA core of 6GB version. This 3GB version looks a lot more like a GTX 1050 Ti than a traditional GTX 1060.

GTX 1060 3GB

The GTX 1060 3GB with its less CUDA core will give 10% less performance around 4.0TFLOPS than the GTX 1060 6GB 4.4TFLOPS performance. The naming of this card as GTX 1060 3GB will confuse a lot of consumers, making them think they are buying the same GPU with less memory which in reality they are not. Personally, I think NVIDIA should name it GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti to differentiate from the regular GTX 1060 6GB cards.

Right now it is unknown if this GPU will be released outside of the Chinese market and what pricing or release date is but we can assume this new card will come in at a similar price point of AMD $199 RX 480 8GB.

  GTX Titan X GTX 1080 GTX 1070 GTX 1060 (6GB) GTX 1060 (3GB)
GPU Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal
Process node 16nm 16nm 16nm 16nm 16nm
SP FP Performance 11 TFLOPs 9 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 4.4TFLOPS 4.0TFLOPS
CUDA Core Count 3584 2560 1920 1280 1152
VRAM Type GDDR5X GDDR5X GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
VRAM Cappacity 12GB 8GB 8GB 6GB 3GB
Memory Bus Size 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 480 GB/s 320 GB/s 256 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s
Base clock speed 1417MHz 1607MHz 1506Mhz 1506MHz 1506MHz
Boost clock speed 1531MHz 1733MHz 1683MHz 1708MHz 1708MHz
TDP 250W 180W 150W 120W 120W
Power Connection 1x 8-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 8-pin 1×8-pin 6-pin 6-pin
PCI Express  PCIe 3.0 PCIe 3.0 PCIe 3.0 PCIe 3.0 PCIe 3.0
MSRP $1200 $599 $379 $249 $199 ??
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