Now that Nvidia gave the OK, everyone's releasing gussied-up GeForces with hot-clocked RAM. The GeForce GTX 1060 gets a potential step up to 9 GT/s, while the GeForce GTX 1080 can move to 11 GT/s like its bigger brother the GTX 1080 Ti. We had a glance at some Aorus cards already, but Asus, MSI, Zotac, Inno3D, and EVGA are getting in on the action today.
EVGA has the most revised cards coming out, at a total count of five versions. The GTX 1060 SSC2 Gaming and GTX 1060 FTW2 Gaming are obviously based on the GeForce GTX 1060, and they primarily differ in boost clock rates. The SSC2 card is spec'd to hit at least 1835 MHz, whereas the FTW2 model should reach a minimum of 1860 MHz. The FTW2 card should also be the overclocker's choice thanks to its reinforced power hardware.
All three of EVGA's new GTX 1080 cards come with the company's iCX cooler. One of the cards is simply called GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming and it's set to boost at around the reference 1733 MHz clock. The GTX 1080 SC2 Gaming bumps the card's nominal boost speed to 1847 MHz, but appears otherwise unchanged from the previous version. Lastly, the GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 DT Gaming card is spec'd for the reference clocks as well, but don't be fooled: this card isn't for the faint-hearted. It takes a pair of eight-pin power connectors and has 10+2-phase power delivery hardware—twice as many as its simpler siblings.
MSI has four new cards coming soon, all helpfully marked with a plus symbol in the name. All of the company's new cards use the excellent Twin Frozr VI cooler. The Geforce GTX 1060 Gaming+ 6G steps up from the reference 1708 MHz boost clock to at least 1746 MHz in OC mode. Its bigger brother—unsurprisingly named the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X+ 6G—is spec'd to boost around 1809 MHz, and it also gets a further bump to its memory clock to 9.1 GT/s.
Like its GTX 1060s, MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080s come in Gaming+ and Gaming X+ variants. The Gaming+ card will nominally boost to 1771 MHz, while the Gaming X+ card should hit at least 1847 MHz. Also in a similar fashion to the GTX 1060s, the Gaming X+ card steps its memory clock up 100 MT/s to 11.1 GT/s. Both of these cards take a six-pin power connector in addition to the standard eight-pin plug.
Zotac had the same idea as MSI, and is also using the "plus" nomenclature for its upgraded Pascal cards. The Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition+ appears to be more or less identical to the original GTX 1060 AMP! Edition, but appearances can be deceiving. Besides the move to 9 GT/s memory, this card also increases its nominal boost clock to 1835 MHz.
Meanwhile, Zotac's GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme+ is spec'd for a scorching 1911 MHz boost clock and also overclocks its memory to 11.2 GT/sec. Zotac says this card will draw 270W of power, 90W more than the reference design. Fittingly, it takes a pair of eight-pin power connectors to power it.
Asus' new GeForces are named in perhaps the most straightforward fashion. Its GeForce GTX 1060 is called the Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC Edition 6GB 9Gbps, and its GTX 1080 is the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC Edition 8GB 11Gbps.
Despite their uninspiring names, these cards are beastly. The GTX 1060 is spec'd to boost around 1847 MHz and run its memory at 9.1 GT/sec in OC mode. Its bigger brother runs its GP104 GPU as fast as 1860 MHz and its memory at 11.1 GT/sec. Compared to the reference designs, Asus traded a DisplayPort connector for a second HDMI port on both cards.
Finally, even though we don't see them much here in the 'States, we'll take a look at Inno3D's trio of new GeForces. The iChill GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 9Gbps X3 V2 runs its GPU core at up to 1771 MHz, and it should stay nice and frosty given that it uses a massive triple-fan cooler. That heatsink is also present on the iChill GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps X3, spec'd to boost its much-larger GPU to at least 1898 MHz. Inno3D's iChill GTX 1080 11Gbps X4 mentions that same boost clock rate, but uses a fourth fan on the side of the card to help keep its VRMs frosty.
All of these cards have just been announced, and none are available just yet. Judging at least by EVGA's pricing, expect these souped-up GeForces to carry a significant price premium over their predecessors. We're curious to see what effect the faster memory has on frametimes, and whether it justifies the extra cost.