Gigabyte GTX 1060 6 GB with GDDR5X RAM breaks cover

Rumors of a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB card with GDDR5X memory on board have popped up in the past couple of days, and now Gigabyte has revealed an actual product bearing that high-speed graphics RAM. The GTX 1060 G1 Gaming D5X 6G indeed purports to offer 6 GB of GDDR5X memory on a 192-bit bus. Quite unlike the average GTX 1060 6 GB, this card has a large triple-fan cooler and an eight-pin power plug. The mysteries only begin there, however.

The rest of the product page for the GTX 1060 D5X 6G is pretty bare and even a bit contradictory. Gigabyte doesn't list core or memory clocks for the card, but it says peak memory bandwidth is the same as that of the reference GTX 1060 6 GB at 192 GB/s. If this card actually implemented GDDR5X running at its usual speed of 10 GT/s, we'd expect memory bandwidth to rise to 240 GB/s. Given that fact, we'd bet this specification is a placeholder for actual specs to come.

The company also says the D5X 6G has 1280 CUDA cores, again identical to the existing GTX 1060 6 GB and its GP106 chip. If recent rumors are correct and the GPU underneath this card's cooler is actually a GP104 chip (as seen in the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080), Nvidia could be ridding itself of some quite flawed GP104 dies or we could again be looking at a placeholder ahead of an official launch. Whatever the case may be, the appearance of this product page raises more questions than it answers. Thanks to TR tipster SH SOTN for the heads-up.

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    • homerdog
    • 1 year ago

    I guess this could perform worse than the regular 1060 if they operate the GDDR5X in QDR mode since it has twice the latency?

    • albundy
    • 1 year ago

    I wonder if they will price this even higher? the 1070’s have been offloading on ebay like crazy for $200 or less if you can catch their discount code day.

      • the
      • 1 year ago

      Probably people offloading their crypto mining hardware while they can.

        • Krogoth
        • 1 year ago

        Yep, they are saving up their pennies for the next crypto-boom which will most likely be work best on Turing silicon.

    • strangerguy
    • 1 year ago

    If the 1070 Ti vs 1080 is of any indication, GDDR5X for the 1060 isn’t going to help much the GPU much.

    • busmaster@gmail.com
    • 1 year ago

    The 1060 came out over two years ago and can be had for less than it is going for today. I don’t care who’s buying it for mining, this is some serious collusion and I’m not upgrading my 7870 any time soon…

    • xrror
    • 1 year ago

    Makes me miss the days when you could still unlock “disabled” resources on video cards.

    On a more relevant note… do they really have enough GDDR5X laying around to burn on cards like this? Were they “forced” to use GDDR5X vs GDDR5 in order to make this a compelling product?

    I’m assuming that a GP104 based GTX 1060 using normal GDDR5 would just end up being a more power hungry 1060 with no upside vs the normal GP106 one.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    Can’t fathom why they wouldn’t call this a GTX1060Ti.

      • Freon
      • 1 year ago

      It seems there’s a possibility performance is not really increased, so perhaps it makes sense not to rename it.

      Or perhaps they’ll let users overclock the RAM themselves back up to GDDR5X speeds. Not sure how much that will impact performance given we have cards like the 1070 Ti which seem to be neutered in the other direction.

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    Geforce GTX 1060 WABE (Weekend At Bernie’s Edition).

      • James296
      • 1 year ago

      Weekly Active Barbecue Edition?

      • EzioAs
      • 1 year ago

      It’s Bernie’s 2 even. Nobody asked for a sequel

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