The recently released 3Gb model of GTX 1060 Graphics made a curious entry. It was rolled out a few days after it’s 6Gb Version came into the market. The GTX 1060 graphics card is loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, making it the perfect choice for the latest high-definition games. Let’s take a view of its features and how is it for gaming.
This product comes from the GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards which are powered by Pascal to deliver up to 3X the performance of previous-generation graphics cards. The drop in its memory from its predecessor has a little effect on the specifications of the device. This model sees a £50/$50 reduction from the 6Gb one, starting at £190/$199.
- CUDA Cores: 1152
- Base Clock: 1506MHz (1594MHz on MSI model)
- Boost Clock: 1708MHz (1796MHz on MSI model)
- Texture Units: 72
- Memory Clock: 8GHz
- Memory Bandwidth: 192GB/s
- ROPs: 48
- L2 Cache Size: 1536KB
- Transistors: 4.4 billion
- Die Size: 200mm2
- Process: 16nm FinFet
- Connectors: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Dual-Link DVI
- Power Connector: 1x 6-pin (1x 8-pin on MSI model)
- TDP: 120W
Comparing GTX 1060 3Gb Version from 6Gb, it has got a 10 percent reduction in the number of cores from 1280 to 1152. Looking at the prices it’s 15 percent cheaper than 6Gb version but the performance decline is only 7 percent. The 3GB GTX 1060 has the potential to become a hugely successful card, especially if prices drop below $200.
Between the 3GB and 6GB variant, there is not much difference other than VRAM and CUDA core and also little performance difference due to those factors. There is no evidence to suggest that the 3GB framebuffer causes issues – except in one title, Hitman. Titles like Crysis 3, The Division and The Witcher 3 amongst others clearly show that there is no degradation in performance when VRAM is managed well.
If you are too tight on budget and want great performance then 1060 3GB variant gives great value for money. There is hardly 50$/5000INR difference in prices of both cards but that difference if worth.
Because nowadays games are becoming more demanding, so 3 GB is not enough to play games on ultra graphics. Games that require more power and resources are being released and therefore 6 GB is recommended for a hassle-free play.
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