Asus and Gigabyte tease custom GeForce GTX 1060 cards

— 9:27 AM on July 8, 2016

The GeForce GTX 1060 isn't even out yet, but Nvidia's board partners are already building up anticipation for their takes on the card. Nvidia's reference coolers aren't bad, but users who want to avoid the Founders Edition premium, or those who are simply looking for a bit more flash, might prefer to look elsewhere. Gigabyte and Asus have both posted teasers of their custom-cooled GTX 1060 cards for those who want something different.

A Gigabyte press release heralds the GTX 1060 G1 Gaming. Like the rest of the G1 Gaming line, this card will have RGB lighting and a semi-passive Windforce cooler. The specific "Windforce 2X" cooler on this card has a pair of 90mm fans. Gigabyte talks up the the enhanced power delivery of its non-reference board design, too. The six power phases on the G1 Gaming card are double that of the Founders Edition GTX 1060, a change that might improve overclocking performance.

Meanwhile, Asus announced a trio of GTX 1060 cards on the Asus ROG Facebook page. It didn't give as many details about the cards, but apparently the GTX 1060 will be coming from Asus in Turbo, "Dual," and ROG Strix versions. The Turbo card resembles the GTX 1080 Turbo we've covered before, while the "Dual" card appears to have a fairly basic dual-fan cooler similar to older DirectCU designs. The triple-fan ROG Strix GTX 1060 has a logo indicating that it supports Asus' Aura RGB lighting system.

Neither Asus nor Gigabyte had any details about the pricing of these cards, but we'd expect them to fall in the $250-$300 range. The GTX 1060 launches on July 19, and given that the companies are already teasing these products, we hope they'll be ready on or shortly after that date.

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