Gigabyte slaps GDDR5X on its GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB cards

It's been a slow week because of incoming Christmas festivities, but suddenly, out of nowhere, there are new GTX 1060 6 GB cards. Gigabyte's announced a trio of GTX 1060 6 GB cards with GDDR5X chips, an apparent upgrade from the boring old GDDR5 in standard-issue cards.

We looked at the newcomers quite hard and we're hard-pressed to find meaningful differences between them and the previous models. The GPUs' resource allotment and RAM speed reportedly all match the outgoing versions, and the chip clock speeds are also in the same ballpark.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming D5X 6G

Gigabyte readied three GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB takes, distinguishable from the regular offerings by the "D5X" marker. The G1 Gaming D5X has a base clock of 1620 MHz and will boost to at least 1847 MHz. This variant has a metal backplate, a triple-fan cooler, and RGB LED lighting.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC D5X 6G

The next card in line is the Windforce OC D5X. This variant is just a little slower than the G1, with 1582 MHz base and 1791 MHz nominal boost clocks. The cooling apparatus is still a triple-fan affair, though it's devoid of blinkenlights.

Gigabyte GTX 1060 6 GB Windforce 2X

Finally, the Windforce 2X OC D5X makes do with a two-fan cooler and drops the backplate, likely owing to its shorter overall length. The clock speeds are the same as its sibling. As always, keep in mind that all of these clock figures will likely go higher in practice thanks to Pascal's smarts.

Our best take about these cards is that they're a result of an inventory-clearing move. Nvidia probably found itself with an abundance of GP104 chips and GDDR5X, and arranged with partners to build these cards. According to TechPowerUp, the new cards should perform exactly the same as the old ones, save that there's better memory overclocking potential thanks to the higher-grade chips.

It's possible that the move is also intended to help lower the store price of GTX 1060 6 GBs in general to more competitively position them against the RX 580 8 GB. Newegg has a Zotac card with GDDR5X on sale for $200, but there's no telling if that's simply a great temporary deal or an indication of a price trend.

There's currently no pricing information for the new cards, though we figure we'll see them on virtual shelves soon enough. Thanks to Tom's Hardware for the tip.

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    • tviceman
    • 10 months ago

    Another site did a review of a GDDR5X equipped GTX 1060 and found that the memory overclocks like crazy (+40%) to “normal” GDDR5X speeds, making these OC’d GTX 1060’s match OC’d RX 590’s. …Just food for thought.

    • rephlex
    • 10 months ago

    Never buying another Gigabyte graphics card again. I’ve had no less than three RX 480 G1 Gaming 8G cards die on me. The first one exhibited graphical corruption out of the box and would crash before completing 3DMark. The second one started off fine but started crashing after a few months. Third one also started off fine but after some months wouldn’t always power on when the computer did. Fuck them.

      • DoomGuy64
      • 10 months ago

      Gigabyte had a noticeable decline in quality ever since AM3. Everything during the AM2 era was great, but after that they cut corners so bad that nearly every product of theirs had quality issues. They’ve gone from being one of the best, to one of the worst, all while they still market their products as high quality. There might be a few things that hold up, but it isn’t worth the chance, outside of extremely positive reviews and only those products.

    • MOSFET
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<]It's been a slow week because of incoming Christmas festivities, but suddenly, out of nowhere,[/quote<] You could finish that sentence several legitimate different ways... *Gigabyte brings back the 1060 *TR has a new editor-in-chief *PCPer seems to have lost Ryan, Allen, and Ken all at once *Ryan Smith now works for Hostess (i'm so sorry, i had to)

      • NovusBogus
      • 10 months ago

      In gaming news…

      -CIG sold out and started taking on investors
      -inXile got bought by Microsoft, the grim reaper of PC gaming (technically a few weeks old but they didn’t include it in a backer message until now)
      -GOG convinced 2K to give them the first two Bioshock games

    • NovusBogus
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<]Nvidia probably found itself realizing that mid-size Turing is a really bad idea, and arranged with product and engineering to cook up a stopgap that doesn't embarrass the company too much.[/quote<] FTFY

    • Voldenuit
    • 10 months ago

    “Nvidia probably found itself with an abundance of GP104 chips and GDDR5X, and arranged with partners to build these cards.”

    Also, they didn’t want to drop prices on Pascal, because RTX 2060 is going to be an eye-watering $400, and who in their right minds would pay for that if the outgoing cards were actually [i<]good value[/i<]?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 10 months ago

      Nvidia controls our minds and wallets.

        • jihadjoe
        • 10 months ago

        All hail Jen Hsun’s leather jacket!

      • NovusBogus
      • 10 months ago

      They should just skip the RTX 2060 entirely and rebrand 1070 as GTX 2060, but the horse is probably already out of the barn. Unless it’s somehow using a completely different architecture than the other Turing chips, it’s going to fail hard at raytracing and also be such a ridiculously large die that NV can’t actually cut prices all that much without screwing up their revenue stream.

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 months ago

        It’s a cut-down TU106 with 30 RT cores, so 20% less than a 2070. I expect no miracles.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 10 months ago

          A Christmas miracle is all it needs.

        • jihadjoe
        • 10 months ago

        Considering how cut down the 1070 is relative to the 1080 I guess you could argue that the 1070 was a 1060Ti all along, and the 1070Ti that came out later on was the real 1070.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 10 months ago

        I don’t believe for a second Nvidia can’t cut prices. AMD’s Vega cost more to build than any of Nvidia’s RTX cards. Also, long time ago people could buy Fermi’s dirt cheap, which was one of Nvidia’s most expensive cards to build they ever made.

        Nvidia’s HBM cards are all professional tier that cost thousands of dollars. They’re price gouging. I’ve seen hardware component breakdowns of RTX that say the 2070 could easily be dropped to $300, and consequently the 2060 could be dropped to $250.

        Nvidia is just asking more because they do raytracing now, have a mindshare monopoly which nobody buys AMD even when they have better perf/$ cards, and have a large overstock of Pascal that they want to still profit from. Hell, the real travesty is that even though they have this large overstock, they aren’t dropping prices on that either. The GDDR5X 1060 is a response to AMD’s 590, as well as an excuse to not drop prices.

        At this point, I believe Nvidia is so greedy that they will literally throw away all their pascal overstock once the accountants say it is more profitable to do so, meaning that there will never be a price drop, even on Pascal. They have their price gouging down to a science at this point. Nothing is going to stop it outside of consumers waking up and refusing to buy their cards, which means everyone is going to have to confront their own internal bias. I doubt that will happen, considering how long it takes bias to be overcome. Just look at racism for a historical perspective of that. Not going to happen. The masses are too ignorant to think for themselves, and almost always require a large external force to change direction. That said, there may still be a possibility, considering that non-corporate independent thinkers have pushed revolts against EA, Bethesda, and Blizzard recently. So, maybe, but I think hardware review sites still hold a large hold over the community, since they never had the trust problems associated with the gaming press, and they aren’t going to take a stand over price gouging as long as AMD doesn’t offer a high end product that competes with the Ti.

          • Krogoth
          • 10 months ago

          Actually, I believe the TU102 chips and cards are more expensive to make then Vega SKUs. GDDR6 isn’t exactly that cheap and tracings/PCB layers needed for those insane memory clockspeed are pricey in their own right. TU102 silicon in itself is not cheap to make nor are the Vega 11 chips.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 10 months ago

            Like I said before, I’ve seen hardware breakdowns of component prices, which GDDR6 is much cheaper than HBM, and Nvidia’s Fermi was also a large chip with expensive boards and large bus widths. Fermi’s board was more expensive than the 2070.

            RTX is priced nowhere near what it costs to build. Nvidia is charging close to over double the build price. They could drop prices, but aren’t because they have a mindshare monopoly, and a large pascal overstock.

            The high prices are there to force gamers to buy Pascal overstock, and also because they think raytracing justifies the price increase. It’s not related to build cost. There is several hundred dollars worth of profit margin on RTX, while AMD is pricing Vega closer to build price.

            Just look at Vega prices when we had the mining bubble. Was Vega being priced according to build cost? HELL NO. Neither is RTX, because Nvidia can get away with it. Once Nvidia hits a point where they NEED to lower prices, I guarantee RTX will drop to at least Vega levels, but the need will depend on the community’s tolerance for the pricing, unlike AMD being dependent on miners for the pricing. It’s not going to happen suddenly as Vega dropped, if at all.

            • jihadjoe
            • 10 months ago

            GDDR6 is pricey, but sure not more so than HBM2.

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