Nvidia announces new GTX 1060 card for $250

The answer to AMD's Radeon RX 480 is coming July 19.

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Well that didn't take long.

AMD just recently announced its new Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card for around $200, a card on par with the GeForce GTX 970 and capable of bringing VR to the gaming masses for a decent price. Not one to let the competition get a leg up, Nvidia today revealed its new GTX 1060 6GB for about $250, which it says offers the power of its GTX 980. 

The new card will go on sale July 19, with an aluminum clad Founder's Edition for about $50 more. Keep in mind the GTX 980 launched in 2014, but at around $550. While the new card is not as powerful as the newer GTX 1070 ($379) and 1080 ($599), the 1060 will support rendering techniques of its brethren giving rise to better performance for VR games.

Here are the specs for the 1060:

GPU Engine Specs:
  • 1280NVIDIA CUDA® Cores
  • 1506Base Clock (MHz)
  • 1708Boost Clock (MHz)
Memory Specs:
  • 8 Gbps Memory Speed
  • 6 GB GDDR5 Standard Memory Config
  • 192-bit Memory Interface Width
  • 192 GB/Sec Memory Bandwidth
Technology Support:
Display Support:
  • 7680x4320@60Hz Maximum Digital Resolution
  • DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI Display Connectors
  • Multi Monitor Support
  • HDCP 2.2
Graphics Card Dimensions:
  • 4.378" Height
  • 9.823" Length
  • 2-Slot Width
Thermal and Power Specs:
  • 94 degree C Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)
  • 120 W Graphics Card Power
  • 400 W Recommended System Power

Both cards are compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and early reports indicate the specs for both GTX and Radeon cards should handle the VR games with few issues.

I'm no tech whiz, so I'll leave it to you to choose which is better for the price. There is a Radeon RX 480 8GB version for about $240.

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From The Chatty

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    July 7, 2016 8:35 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, nVidia announces new GTX 1060 card for $250

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      July 7, 2016 10:12 AM

      While the Shack isn't really a hardware site, for an article like this, it would be nice if you could add a chart with all 4 cards (the 1 amd and all 1000 series nvidia cards).

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        July 7, 2016 1:50 PM

        Here you go.

        http://www.anandtech.com/show/10474/nvidia-announces-geforce-gtx-1060-july-19

        AnandTech is a GREAT hw site, I refer to them often.

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          July 7, 2016 1:53 PM

          That doesn't list the 980 or the RX 480

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            July 7, 2016 2:36 PM

            AnandTech has a search function.

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              July 7, 2016 3:32 PM

              Heh, that wasn't the point. It was just a suggestion.

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        July 7, 2016 1:50 PM

        It'd be nice if they did more Hardware articles like this from now!

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          July 7, 2016 2:06 PM

          We spend an exorbitant amount of time arguing over discussing video cards in chatty, seems to cover the shacknews demo one way or another.

          #pcmasterace

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        July 7, 2016 3:19 PM

        I read a lot of tech sites, and I swear the discussions that happen here on Shack about this kind of stuff are WAY better than the shit posting that goes on elsewhere. I haven't quite figured out why this community has entered that zone.

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          July 7, 2016 3:34 PM

          Ya, dunno why that is either. I suspect we all get to a comfort level, probably from seeing the same people on a regular basis instead of just random people on sporadic articles. So, I guess the comfort to speak comes from familiarity of who's in the community and that comes from the format of chatty vs. the traditional formats.

          ya, okay, that sounds good. ;)

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          July 7, 2016 3:53 PM

          We kinda aggregate stuff and because we're all using them as means to an end instead of an end itself that helps a bunch.

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      July 7, 2016 3:53 PM

      This people is perfect for almost the majority of people out there with standard 60fps monitors.

      I have a friend with some crappy 60fps monitor who recently got the 1070, he still doesn't believe my claims that getting it for such a monitor is the worst decision ever and you're just throwing your money away.

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        July 7, 2016 3:54 PM

        It's fine if he's going to keep it for 5+ years.

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          July 7, 2016 5:29 PM

          And by then it will be pretty outdated and we will have something like dx14 or something

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        July 7, 2016 5:42 PM

        Depends on res too

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          July 7, 2016 6:08 PM

          1080p

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            July 8, 2016 4:43 PM

            You should tell him he got the right card, and suggest he upgrade his monitor too. Maybe one of those nice 1440p ultrawides.

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        July 7, 2016 6:23 PM

        Don't you ever monitor shame me or my fellow crappy monitor owners ever again

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      July 7, 2016 3:55 PM

      Nice, much sooner than I thought. We can thank AMD for that. Hope it will be a worthwhile upgrade from a 970.

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        July 7, 2016 6:22 PM

        worthwhile from the 970 unlikely.. it will be faster sure but not a significant difference.

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          July 8, 2016 4:45 PM

          I agree with you on that. I'd suggest going 1070, or waiting for better parts, and prices to be lowered.