By now, most of us might have already heard rumours about Nvidia planning to release two variants of the upcoming GTX 1060 graphics card with different VRAM capacities: 3GB and 6GB. Well, recent rumours indicate that Nvidia may be deviating from the “original plan” to release a 3GB GTX 1060 variant.
According to folks over at TweakTown, it seems that Nvidia is no longer planning to release a 3GB variant of the GTX 1060 graphic card – based on information gathered by the tech site from an “industry insider”. Come to think of it, was there even a plan to release a 3GB GTX 1060 in the first place? Who knows.
That aside, one might be wondering if Nvidia will ever release a 3GB Pascal-based graphics card. Fortunately, recent rumours say that Nvidia will indeed be releasing a GP106 GPU-based graphics card with a 3GB framebuffer and it will be called the GTX 1050. This graphics card will be based on the Pascal GP106-300 GPU, which is a cut-down variant of an unaltered GP106-400 GPU found inside the GTX 1060 (6GB).
“The GTX 1050 should be a direct successor to the older Maxwell-based GTX 950”
Think about it: releasing a GTX 1060 with less memory and reduced performance to compete with the Radeon RX 480 doesn’t make much sense now does it? This kind of specifications should ideally be placed into a new, less-powerful graphics card instead. Hence, the GTX 1050. Interestingly, the slated release date for the GTX 1050 is said to be around December this year.
Despite this, one has to note that this rumour came from a single source, so it would be wise to take this one with a grain of salt until Nvidia makes an official announcement.