Shopping for a GTX 1060? Hold up a moment will you?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2018 - 12:24 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 1060, gddr5x

Traditionally it is AMD that releases the silent ones, but today it is apparent that NVIDIA took a page from their playbook after The Inquirer spotted a report that they had released a new version of the GTX 1060.  This being 2018, nothing is simple and you will have difficulty spotting the cards which use GDDR5X.  There are now four versions of this card, a 3GB and a 6GB with the previous 8Gbps spec, a new 6GB model with slightly improved GDDR5 that can hit 9Gbps and finally a 6GB chip with GDDR5X which has yet to have frequency or bandwidth specifications published. 

This will make looking for a GPU in the $250-$300 range more interesting that it should be, especially with the eventual arrival of the RTX 2060.

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"With no official reveal, Nvidia's product page for the GTX 1060 - a rather capable graphics card that can run games full-whack at 1080p and 60 frames per second or push the higher 1440p resolution with a few tweaks - notes the GPU now sports nippier video memory."

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Source: The Inquirer

October 23, 2018 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

shouldn't this read GTX 2060 and not 1060?

"... This will make looking for a GPU in the $250-$300 range more interesting that it should be, especially with the eventual arrival of the RTX 1060..."

October 23, 2018 | 03:00 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

d'oh!

October 23, 2018 | 01:54 PM - Posted by John Miller (not verified)

notes the GPU now sports nippier video memory." "nippier" do you mean snippier?

October 23, 2018 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Well, that is a quote from The Inquirer so ...

October 24, 2018 | 02:09 AM - Posted by synonyma (not verified)

RTX 2060? Is that even going to be a thing? I remember hearing that RTX would be limited to the high end Nvidia cards.

October 24, 2018 | 07:34 AM - Posted by Jabbadap

Well RTX 2070 is full tu106 chip and I don't believe in perfect yields. Especially when we are talking about 445mm² sized chip.

So I would presume they might release RTX 2060 from that chip with couple of disabled sms and with 192bit bus thus 6 gddr6 memory chips. Price tag for such a thing might be still very high though(~$399). And then of course there's laptops, with mxm cards nvidia can get more revenue from selling less.

October 24, 2018 | 11:10 AM - Posted by IfYouFabItTheBinsWillNaturallyOccurAsTheResultOfTheProcess (not verified)

There will definitely be an RTX 2060 after enough TU106 DIEs accumulate that do not have enough working units necessary to be made into RTX 2070s. For Turing there will definitely be plenty of lower binned DIEs available what with that 445mm² and larger sized chips.

Nvidia's binning operation will be even more complicated by Turing's RT cores and Tensor Cores(Volta Also) that are New/New to Consumer GPUs in the Turing GPU Micro-Arch. So that's more that can end up defective that will have to be binned down so Nvidia can maintain revenues rather than having to write off an entire die.

Nvidia has to try and get as much Quadro SKUs from TU102 and TU104(this time around) also before any consumer variants are binned from both TU102 and TU104. Because Nvidia has such large Dies that will produce lower yields and those larger average Turing Die Mask Sets must have cost many millions more to create for the various TU102, TU104, and TU106 Tapeouts and there will probably be some smaller TU10# tapeout/s at some point in time for even lower end SKUs.

Maybe even a TU104 based RTX 2070Ti could be possible instead of using a TU106 DIE if there are enough defective TU104 DIEs that do not have enough working units to even make an RTX 2080 from. Nvidia has made GTX 1060s using the GP104 Die also if that can mean the difference between makeing an SKU and a sale or writing off an entire die.

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