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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Gets GDDR5X in Fourth Makeover

AgentLozen

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If Nvidia isn't modifying the clock speed of this GTX 1060 then its performance probably won't be a lot higher than the original 1060. I wonder if they're just trying to burn through GDDR5X reserves to pave the way for GDDR6.
 

King_V

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I mean, have some slight variations.

Maybe the 3GB version as the 1060LE (since it's a slightly cut down version on CUDA cores, not just memory), and the GDDR5X/cut-GP104 as the 1060Ti.

Maybe the 9Gbps as a 1060GT or something.

Is the 5GB version for the SE Asia market only?


There's no reason for these all to have the same name like this.

BUT - maybe perversely, I'd love to see a performance comparison between all 5 variants, at 1920x1080, 2560x1080, and 2560x1440.
 

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Neither the CUDA core count nor the clock speed change between various GTX 1060 models . A memory speed change alone would have be beneficial under circumstances where the memory was the bottle neck and not the computational power of the video card. In other words, some games would benefit but many would not.

I don't expect there to be a big difference between cards but it would still be neat to see what the benchmarks have to say about it.
 

King_V

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Well, the 3GB variant has the cut-back number of CUDA cores, TMUs, and SM units.

The 5GB version, oddly, a lesser memory bus and 8 fewer ROPs.

The 6GB and 6GB with 9Gbps RAM, well, yeah, memory speed.

The new one switching to GDDR5X *and* using GP104 instead of GP106 (albeit a cut down GP104).

Although, overall, I agree. I don't imagine differences would be huge (well, the lesser memory ones, maybe, in some games). Still, it seems these days that memory throughput is more of an issue than clock speeds.

Would be nice to see a comparison, though. I think 2560x1080 is going to become more common as ultrawide gets more adopted, and it would be interesting to see if these tweaks/upgrades make it capable enough for 1080 ultrawide with max details @ 60fps
 

King_V

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Oh, I should probably throw in, I'd love to see how their performance on those resolutions compares to the RX 570 and 580, and, if rumors are to be believed, the supposedly upcoming RX 590.
 
Looks clear that the 2060 will be $400+ so Nvidia has a huge hole for AMD to step in with a 590/680. It looks like the 1060 GDDR5x update is an attempt to hold that segment. Least until Nvidia can get a 2050/2050ti sometime next year.
 

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It uses different RAM and a different GPU. I'd say it's worth benchmarking.
 

bit_user

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Exactly my thought. Perhaps they ordered too much GDDR5X during the crypto boom (even though it wasn't the best memory for that, but a lot of GPU demand was certainly displaced up to the cards that did use it), and now they're just trying to burn through the rest of that inventory.
 

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How about a 2080 with GDDR5

 

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The early rumors are is the AMD 590 refresh is only going to be about 5-10fps faster than the current RX 580. If that's true then Nvidia is probably only looking to bump the 1060 to match AMD's (keeping it competitive)
 

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Would also likely require silicon-level changes. Perhaps they could design memory controllers that support both, but that would be more expensive and wouldn't even make sense as recent GPUs are fairly bandwidth-starved.
 

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