Nvidia’s least powerful Pascal-based graphics card, the GTX 1060, will be released once again with reduced VRAM and CUDA Core count. The announcement was made official (sort of) during the company’s recently held press conference event in China.
To be more specific, the upcoming 3GB GTX 1060 graphics card has a CUDA Core count of 1,152; which is 128 less compared to the 6GB variant. Besides that, the FP32 (single-precision floating point) performance of the graphics card has also been lowered to 4.0 TFLOPs. These reductions translates to about a 10% decrease in overall performance of the 3GB GTX 1060 compared to its 6GB counterpart.
Aside from the aforementioned changes and lower VRAM count, other specifications of the 3GB GTX 1060 graphics card remain the same. It will still ship with a base and boost GPU clock speed of 1506MHz and 1708MHz respectively. The same can also be said about its TDP, which remains at 120W.
“Specifications of Gainward’s upcoming 3GB GTX 1060 graphics card”
It seems rather odd how Nvidia had decided to release a GTX 1060 variant with reduced performance instead of marketing it as an entirely different product (GTX 1050?). Unfortunately, the release date and official pricing for the 3GB GTX 1060 was not announced during the press conference; however, sources expect the graphics card to be priced similarly to that of AMD’s 4GB Radeon RX 480.