Following its soft-launch a few days ago we're now ready to take the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 through its paces. The card is targeting a considerably lower price point than the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with a smaller GPU -- codenamed GP106 -- that still manages to support all of the key Pascal architectural features. What we have is a $250 GTX 1060 facing off against a $240 RX 480 8GB and this fight over the mid-range market should be great news for consumers.
Touted as the perfect VR solution for the masses, AMD is hoping to claw back a bit of market share with the new Radeon RX 480 which is aimed at the mainstream $200-250 segment, with other affordable Polaris GPUs expected to follow.
Since first testing the reference Founders Edition GTX 1080 a month ago, we have been eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the board partner versions. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming is a triple fan cooled 1080 that also boasts a redesigned PCB. Even though it's currently out of stock pretty much everywhere, we expect availability to improve shortly.
First to market with a true next generation GPU is Nvidia and this could very well be the biggest step in GPU technology we've seen in recent years. The new GeForce GTX 1080 is faster, built using the 16nm design process and packed with GDDR5X memory, it promises to put away the Titan X while consuming less power than the 980 Ti. We put this and other bold claims to the test.