Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with gddr5x uses the same GP104 GPU as GTX 1080

Nov

14

2018

The new GeForce GTX 1060 video cards with gddr5x memory use the GP104 gpu, just like the GTX 1080. Probably Nvidia uses rejected or surplus chips and can be used by turning off half of the cores.

Pictures of a GTX 1060 video card with gddr5x of which the gpu is visible have appeared on the Chinese market place Taobao. This shows that it is the GP104 GPU. That GPU is larger than the GP106 GPU used for the regular GTX 1060.

The GP104 is the gpu of the GTX 1080 and when the gpu is fully used, it has 2560 Cuda cores. The GTX 1060 has only 1280 Cuda cores, or half of them. The use of the GP104 gpu explains how Nvidia can release a GTX 1060 with gddr5x instead of regular gddr5. The GTX 1080 was already combined with gddr5x.

There were rumors for years that Nvidia would use the GP104 GPU for a GTX 1060 variant. Until now, however, that was not confirmed. At the end of October , Gigabyte and Palit GTX presented 1060 video cards with gddr5x. To date, they are not yet available. Nvidia may position the new version with the AMD Radeon RX 590, which is expected this week.

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