GRAPHICS FIRM NVIDIA has added another pixel-pushing slice of silicon to the Pascal architecture-based card line-up aimed at mid-range gaming performance.
Nvidia described the GeForce GTX 1060 as having the equivalent gaming power of the GTX 980, a high-end card from the firm's previous generation of GPUs, but with lower power consumption.
The new card can deliver proper performance but consumes only 120W when running virtual reality (VR) games and those that make use of the DirectX 11 and 12, the firm said.
The GTX 1060 is effectively the smaller sibling of the GTX 1080, and has 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at a swift 8Gbps and a clock speed of 1.7GHz when running at full whack.
Nvidia claimed that the processor can be pushed to a nippy 2GHz when overclocked, which it said makes it on average 15 per cent faster yet 75 per cent more efficient than rival cards from the likes of AMD.
That’s fighting talk given that AMD has several competitively priced graphics cards that offer a good dollop of performance eked out of the Polaris architecture. For reference, the GTX 1060 starts at $249, while AMD’s latest mainstream GPU, the RX 480, is a snip at $199.
Like its bigger brothers, the GTX 1060 has Nvidia’s VR Works software to enable the creation and rendering of realistic virtual environments, and ray traced audio that dynamically traces virtual audio waves to deliver sound that feels real in a virtual setting.
Nvidia appears to have an ace up its sleeve in the form of Ansel, an in-game tool that allows players to take 360-degree screenshots for viewing with VR headsets. There are also several effects and the ability to capture pictures at a heady 32MP.
An Nvidia spokesman described it as "Instagram for gaming" and said that gamers can share in-game pictures from titles such as The Witcher 3.
The GTX 1060 will be released on 19 July and will make the already competitive GPU arena something of a silicon bloodbath as Nvidia wades into the fight with AMD. µ
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