Palit reveals GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 GamingPro OC

Palit reveals GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 GamingPro OC

Palit reveals GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 GamingPro OC

Palit has officially listed a GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 graphics card on their official website, further confirming rumours that Nvidia has a new GTX 1060 SKU up their sleeves, further confusing the already muddles GTX 1060 brand name. 

This new offering is the Palit Geforce GTX 1060 GamingPro OC, with the main change to the graphics card being the change from GDDR5 memory to GDDR5X, promising users more memory bandwidth, an adjustment which could increase the card’s overall performance in certain scenarios, especially at higher resolutions.    

CUDA core counts remain unchanged from the graphics card’s GDDR5-based counterpart, though it is worth noting that side-on views of this GPU’s PCB showcase what appears to be spacing for SLI fingers, though these areas seem to be electrically inactive. This supports the theory that the GTX 1060 GDDR5X is made using GP-104 silicon, which is used to create the GTX 1070, 1070 Ti and GTX 1080. 

Palit reveals GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 GamingPro OC

When comparing this new model to Palit’s GTX 1060 GamingPro OC, we can see that the only major change on paper is the introduction of GDDR5X memory, with CUDA core base/boost clock speeds remaining relatively constant. 

On the memory side, Palit lists a memory clock speed of 8800MHz, which is a 10% boost over the 8000MHz GDDR5 memory that is used in the GamingPro OC. Nvidia has previously released a version of their GTX 1060 with 9000MHz GDDR5 memory, making the use of 8800MHz GDDR5X memory a strange decision on the part of Nvidia/Palit. To be blunt, there are faster GDDR5-based GTX 1060 GPUs than this new GDDR5X model, which just feels wrong. 

On the GTX 1080, Nvidia released models with 10,000MHz and 11,000MHz memory over the graphics card’s lifespan, making 8,800MHz GDDR5X feel very slow by comparison. Perhaps Micron was willing to sell their low-tier GDDR5X memory to Nvidia at bargain prices, as this is the only explanation that fits here. 

  Palit GTX 1060 Gaming Pro OC Palit GTX 1060 GamingPro OC
CUDA cores 1280 1280
Base Clock 1531MHz 1531MHz
Boost Clock 1746MHz 1746MHz
Memory Bus Size 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5X
Memory Capacity 6GB 6GB
Memory Clock 8000MHz 8800MHz
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB/s 210GB/s
GPU Power 120W 120W
Power Connectors 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin

Palit reveals GDDR5X-based GTX 1060 GamingPro OC

 

At this time it is unknown when Nvidia plans to replace their low-end Pascal series with new Turing-based models, as the company has not spoken about any future Turing-based graphics cards at this time. Will we have to wait until 2019 before we see an RTX or GTX 2060 graphics card?

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