Nvidia recently launched the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB which was confirmed at a Chinese tech conference not too long ago.

Whereas in previous generation cards, a difference in onboard memory is just a difference in onboard memory, the new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB not only has just 3GB GDDR5 memory, but it also has one of its SM units disabled giving it just 1152 CUDA cores rather than the 1280 on the full GP106 die. Other specifications include a 192-bit memory interface, 48 ROPs, and 72 TMUs. The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is expected to be clocked at 1506/1708MHz core/boost and 8GHz effective memory out of the box.

Model GTX 1060 3GB GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1070 GTX 1080 GTX Titan X
GPU GP106 GP106 GP104 GP104 GP102
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal
Fabrication TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm
Clock (Core/Boost) 1506/1708MHz 1506/1708MHz 1506/1683MHz 1607/1733MHz 1417/1531MHz
CUDA Cores 1152 1280 2048 2560 3584
TMUs 72 80 128 160 224
ROPs 48 48 64 64 96
Memory Interface 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit
Effective Memory Clock 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 10 Gbps 10 Gbps
TDP 120W 120W 150W 180W 250W

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is designed for the entry level to mid-range and comes in at a very appealing $199 MSRP. This puts it in direct competition with AMD’s Radeon RX 470 which was also launched last month.