Rumor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Ti) could feature 6GB RAM

Published: Apr 30th 2016, 10:18 GMT

In graphics industry leaks come from various places. Normally a single forum post should be treated with a lot of skepticism, but since ‘Topway’ is the same leaker that brought us one of the first Pascal GP104 pictures, I think it’s worth considering this new info.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Ti) with 6GB RAM?

Although the leaker clearly says GTX 1060 in his post, I think it’s too early to be sure if third GP104-based graphics card would be named after GTX 1060 or GTX 1060 Ti, as former GTX x60 Ti parts (GTX 660 Ti and GTX 760 Ti) were both based on GK104 silicons.

The GTX 1060 (Ti) is rumored to feature GP104-150 GPU and 6GB GDDR5 memory, whereas GTX 1070 would use GP104-200 and 8GB GDDR5. Finally GeForce GTX 1080 would come with GP104-400 GPU and 8GB GDDR5X frame buffer. So all these cards are supposedly based on Pascal GP104 GPU, but in different configurations. The 6GB variant would probably require 192-bit memory bus, which is actually not that surprising. Even GM204 had 192-bit variant, although it was only used for mobile GeForce GTX 970M and desktop GTX 960 OEM.

As we know Polaris 10 is aiming at mainstream segment. Therefore GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 (Ti) could become its direct competition. Should GeForce GTX 1060 (Ti) only feature 4GB RAM, it would look poorly in comparison to Polaris 10 with 8GB RAM. So in my opinion decision to increase frame buffer on this mid-range part was probably dictated by Polaris 10.

NVIDIA Pascal GP104 Graphics Cards
ModelGPU VariantMemory SizeMemory Type
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080GP104-400-A18GBGDDR5X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070GP104-200-A18GBGDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Ti)GP104-150-A16GBGDDR5

New NVIDIA Pascal Boards

I recently noticed a large shipment of new NVIDIA boards. These new boards include PG413, PG411, PG610 and PG611.

It may be too early to say which GPU these boards use, but let me remind that PG600 utilizes GM200 GPU and PG401 features GM204. We also know that PG418 is the new board with GP106 silicon, which was shown during GTC2016 with Drive PX 2 module.

Clearly there’s a lot of logistic movement, either indicating preparations for Editors’ Day or shipment of qualification samples to Add-in-Board partners.

NVIDIA PG610 PG418 PG413 PG411

Source: Chiphell

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