Nvidia’s GTX 1080 is a certified barn burner and the mainstream GTX 1070 at $379 (good luck finding it at that price right now) is no slouch, either. But as the world waits to see what AMD has up its sleeve with its next Polaris card, enthusiasts are also curious to see what Nvidia has in store for the lower-end of the market with its GTX 1060.
Alleged pictures of a reference design GTX 1060 have cropped up online. As you can see, the shroud doesn’t look all that different from what we saw with the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 save for the fact that there isn’t a translucent window (instead replaced with a black plastic cover).
According to the upstream supply chain via BenchLife, the GTX 1060 will be offered with your choice of 3GB of 6GB of GDDR5 with codenames of GP106-400 and GP106-300. Most agree that the card will likely arrive in early July to do battle with AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 480, reviews of which should be going live any day now.
AMD has already priced its RX 480 at $199 and $240 (4GB and 8GB, respectively) and if Nvidia wants to compete with the GTX 1060, it’ll need to come in around the same price, assuming performance is similar.
We’ll see how it all works out in the coming days and weeks.