AMD has received a fair amount of attention lately thanks to the Radeon RX480, a graphics card that is capable of VR gaming with the Rift and Vive, yet is priced around $200 to $250 in the US and several other major markets (though it is priced significantly higher in many developing markets). It was only a matter of time before NVIDIA answered the RX480 with something of similar caliber and pricing, and that’s exactly what we get with the upcoming GeForce GTX 1060.
Despite the naming convention, the 1060 has more in common with the GTX 980 series than its higher-end 1070/1080 brethren.
Nvidia says the new 1060 will offer the same performance as you’d get with the 980, but at a cheaper price and greater efficiency, thanks to the latest microarchitecture used. The GTX 1060 is built using the 16nm FinFET process and has 1,280 CUDA cores, a clock speed of 1.7GHz, a 120W TDP, 6GB GDDR5 video RAM, and five display outputs: three Display Ports, a DVI port, and one HDMI port.
The GTX 1060 is expected to retail for $249 when it arrives July 19th, alongside a limited founders edition for $299. Keep in mind that we don’t know how cheap the card will be in other markets. It’s also hard to say how the new card will stack up against the AMD RX 480. Regardless, the takeaway is that the cost of entry into the VR game is quickly decreasing, and that’s a great thing for consumers!