Asus and Gigabyte tease custom GeForce GTX 1060 cards

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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    • HisDivineOrder
    • 4 years ago

    Based on existing trends, Asus’s 1060 MSRP will be $309.99, often hitting $314.99 but eventually will have a MIR to get it down to $304.99. Gigabyte’s premium card will probably be $319.99.

    Making the 1060 a replacement for the 970-level pricing of last generation.

    That $250 MSRP nVidia’s spouting for the 1060 means as much as the $379 MSRP for the 1070 and the $599 MSRP for the 1080.

    That is, it means nothing. I don’t even know why they stated it except to confuse media outlets with “Wow, that’s great pricing for the performance you get!” I mean, it would be great. Except it’s not what you’ll get.

    Founder’s Edition pricing is the REAL MSRP. Because why would any OEM say their card is inferior to a barebones card with a blower? I don’t know and I don’t think any card manufacturers are taking up the opportunity to make a case for it, either. I guess they agree with me.

    nVidia’s MSRP’s are a pipe dream.

      • Airmantharp
      • 4 years ago

      So is AMD’s performance: and the two are directly related.

      • rahulahl
      • 4 years ago

      I recall seeing $620 GTX 1080s in stock. They just didn’t ship to Australia so it was useless for me. In reality the $599 isn’t too far off from what its available for. The problem is the limited quantity.

      • jihadjoe
      • 4 years ago

      IKR? NGREEDIA SUX. GTS 450 ought to have been enough for everybody if not for NGREEDIA and AMD colluding to slow down graphics in their drivers.

      • Pancake
      • 4 years ago

      You’re doubling down on your previous fail. You’re obviously economically literate as are many other posters. I, as a grown adult, will step in and correct.

      Here’s how it works. The MSRP sends a price signal to consumers. An expectation. Let’s say there’s a 1060 available for $275. If the MSRP is $250 then you’ll feel ripped off paying above the MSRP. You’ll hold on to your precious coins until the price drops. This isn’t a great situation for NVidia or the retailers. OTOH, if NVidia set the MSRP to $300 you’ll think you’ve gotten a great deal. In fact, you’d probably tell yourself you’d have been happy to spend $285 or $290.

      It’s a little bit of psychology messing with your head but you can have two completely different reactions to exactly the same product at the $275 price.

      NVidia have done us all a great favour by setting the MSRP low as it sets market expectations and this is a benefit to the consumer. Instead of railing against NVidia it would be appropriate for you to print out a full-sized photo of Jen Hsun Huang and prostrate yourself before it, apologising until your throat is hoarse.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 4 years ago

    great googa mooga – do these cards really need to be 12″ long and have three fans?

      • DarkUltra
      • 4 years ago

      I’d very much rather have a big and quiet card than a small and noisy one.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    Thats the FIRST time I’ve heard of “RBG” lighting.

      • tanker27
      • 4 years ago

      I see what you did there.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      It’s Nvidia’s GPU so they need their Really Big Green lighting.

        • Voldenuit
        • 4 years ago

        Shu…. shut up and take my +1.

        • Beahmont
        • 4 years ago

        And here I though Nvidia was trying to butter up Ruth Bader Ginsburg for another go at the Samsung lawsuits.

      • DrCR
      • 4 years ago

      You’ve been using CMYK?

      • DPete27
      • 4 years ago

      Arg, it’s been corrected now. You win this time TR.

        • drfish
        • 4 years ago

        Freaking ninja editors…

      • cygnus1
      • 4 years ago


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