Nvidia unveils mid-range GTX 1060 GPU, promises faster speeds than the 980

Nvidia has revealed details of its new mid-range GTX 1060 graphics card.

Manufactured on the FinFET 16nm process, the GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980-level performance and twice the energy efficiency in VR. It consumes only 120 watts of power.

The GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps and a boost clock of 1.7GHz, which can be easily overclocked to 2GHz for further performance.

Nvidia claims that across the top gaming titles, GTX 1060 is on average 15 per cent faster and over 75 per cent more power efficient than the closest competitive product at stock speeds.

GTX 1060 custom boards will be available starting July 19th from Nvidia GeForce partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac to consumers in 238 countries and territories.

This is the latest entry to the 1000 series, following on from the 1070 and 1080 which were released earlier this year. 

With the GTX 1060, Nvidia is looking to compete with AMD and its RX 480 GPU, which comes in 4Gb and 8Gb versions. The RX 480 however is slightly cheaper in price at $199 and $239 respectively.

Nvidia will of course hope that its focus on power efficiency and reliability with the Unreal and Unity engines will see consumers opt for its product.

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