Ahead of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060‘s general release day on 19 July, several manufacturers have slowly started to unveil their version of the new graphics card. As you might have heard, the new GTX 1060 card is the latest addition to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series and promises to bring GTX 980-level of performance to more gamers than before at a much more affordable price tag.
However, these manufacturers are still holding back plenty of information regarding their new GTX 1060 cards given how the release date is still a week away. Some companies don’t even reveal the photo of their actual cards at the moment.
One such manufacturer that does that is ZOTAC who nevertheless has announced that it will releasing two versions of GTX 1060 called AMP Edition and Mini that apparently have shorter than most graphics card. Even though the company has yet to release any official photos for both products, they have been leaked out by the serial graphics card leakers at VideoCardz.
Being the more powerful model out of the two cards, the AMP Edition carries ZOTAC’s own IceStorm thermal solution which consisted of 8mm copper heat pipes, copper plate, and dual 90mm fans that operate dynamically according to the card’s temperature. The GTX 1060 AMP Edition is also factory clocked to be higher than NVIDIA’s own GTX 1060 Founders Edition card.
Meanwhile, ZOTAC’s GTX 1060 Mini is even more compact than its brother at only 17.4 cm in length and is equipped with a single 90mm fan together with aluminum heatsink to help dissipate heat from it. While the card is clocked at the same speed as GTX 1060 Founder Edition, it apparently will be made available with either 6GB and 3GB GDDR5 which is quite an interesting thing to note.
Next in the list is MSI who teased its GTX 1060 through the tweet below:
— MSI (@msitweets) July 8, 2016
No other specific information was announced but based on the image, it seems that MSI will likely to release its GTX 1060 with Twin Frozr VI solution. If that holds true, we expect the card to be factory overclocked as well – just like the Gaming X and Gaming Z cards for GTX 1080 as well as GTX 1070 that MSI launched recently.
As for ASUS, the company have confirmed that it will released at least three GTX 1060 cards. However, no other details have been mentioned apart from their thermal solutions which will come in the form of Turbo that has single fan cooler, Dual with two fans cooler, and the RGB-laden triple-fan ROG Strix.
We've got all of GeForce GTX 1060's friends coming to join the party! pic.twitter.com/VXZjdF0pEw
— ASUS ROG (@ASUS_ROG) July 7, 2016
Another manufacturer that will be releasing GTX 1060 with RGB lighting is GIGABYTE as part of its G1 Gaming offering. Just like other manufacturers we’ve mentioned above, GIGABYTE is keeping the card’s actual specifications close to home but has more or less confirmed that the card will come overclocked from factory.
At the same time, it will also be equipped with Windforce 2X dual-fan dynamic cooler, composite cooper heat pipes, 6+1 power phases, power indicator, and metal back plate alongside high-grade chokes and capacitors. All in all, it seems like GIGABYTE’s GTX 1060 G1 Gaming could be one of the most premium GTX 1060 option around.
Palit who is yet another manufacturer that does has official presence in Malaysia has also unveiled its own GTX 1060 cards that will come in three different variants. Leading the family will be the Super JetStream model which comes standard with factory overclocked GPU at boost speed of 1,847 MHz and dual-fan cooler.
The Super JetStream GTX 1060 also carries LED lighting that correspond to the GPU’s temperature, dual BIOS setup, and back plate. Palit will also be offering standard JetStream and Dual version of GTX 1060 which could be equipped with less features and lower price tag.
It is likely that there will be more GTX 1060 custom cards to be announced soon but nevertheless, the list we gathered above showed that consumers will not be short of options when the new graphics card enters the market on 19 July.
For Malaysia though, the question remains whether retailers are able to obtain enough stocks and keep the pricing sane enough which have become growing concerns within the PC gaming enthusiast community at the moment. Well, we shall know soon enough.