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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 is a $250 GTX 980 killer

Brad Chacos | July 8, 2016
The GeForce GTX 1060 is Nvidia's answer to AMD's Radeon RX 480.

Here’s what Nvidia’s Bryan Del Rizzo said when I asked him about it:

“GTX 1060 delivers tremendous performance and power efficiency in its class.

However, SLI was created to build the world’s fastest gaming platforms, bar none – and squarely focused on enthusiast and hardcore gamers.

In fact, very few gamers build SLI machines out of mainstream GPUs.

With SLI we focused our efforts on creating the biggest and the best gaming PCs possible, using our high end enthusiast-class GPUs with our new high-bandwidth bridges.”

The lack of SLI may be a major bummer for enthusiasts, but it makes sense here given that Nvidia’s offering the GTX 1060 for such a comparatively low price. AMD’s $200 RX 480 supports up to 4-way CrossFire setups, however. It’s worth noting that games built using DirectX 12 and Vulkan can opt to directly support multi-GPU setups, though.

Both the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition and custom cards from Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac will be available in just a couple of weeks, on July 19.

The story behind the story: The real question, though, is how much GeForce GTX 1060 stock will be available at the graphics card’s launch. The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 still suffer from crippling supply shortages more than a month after their respective launches, which Nvidia says is because it ramped up production faster than for any other GPU in the company’s history. It certainly feels like AMD’s $200 RX 480 forced Nvidia into rushing up the GTX 1060’s launch. Will you actually be able to buy one of Nvidia’s new cards when they hit the streets? That’s the million-dollar question.


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