Yesterday we saw the announcement of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060. Though NVIDIA is producing a reference Founders Edition card, as this is a more mainstream product, NVIDIA is leaving retail card production to their partners, who will be launching their custom solutions on day one. With the retail release still approaching what we have is more of a teaser then an announcement, but can begin to show us more of what the $250-$300 price bracket will start to look like as the GTX 1060 launch approaches.

ASUS has teased three separate renditions of the GeForce GTX 1060, as pictured above. These include a Turbo card with a blower, the Dual with two fans, and an ROG STRIX card. The last of which has the same cooler as the ROG STRIX 1080 and 1070, and as hinted by the AURA logo may feature the same RGB lighting found in the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 ROG STRIX cards. There is no news yet on specs or performance numbers, or price and release date for these cards, but we should see those as soon as the July 19 release of the GTX 1060.

Inno3D GTX 1060 Gaming OC X2

Inno3D has announced that two cards are on the way. First is the Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC X2, which features two fans and translucent highlights. We don’t yet know of any physical details aside from what is pictured. Next we have the Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 iChill X3.  This card appears to be longer and also has three fans. While this cooler may be more effective than the two fan Gaming OC X2 card, it appears that these cards have identical specifications with a boost clock of 1784 and memory clock of 8.2Gbps. That identifies these cards with a factory overclock, but performance should be identical with the numbers that are currently reported.

Inno3D GTX 1060 iChill X3

Finally, in the truest definition of a teaser by not even showing the whole card, Gigabyte is teasing its GTX 1060 G1 GAMING. The card features a dual fan Windforce X2 cooler, with RGB lighting built into the shroud. Gigabyte has also disclosed that the card will feature a 6+1 phase power design (as opposed to 3+1), which indicates that they'll be using a custom PCB for their card and not NVIDIA's reference PCB.

Mainstream NVIDIA card launches typically feature semi and fully-custom designs from NVIDIA's partners right off the bat, so no doubt we'll see more custom cards unveiled as we get closer to the 19th. Meanwhile with vendors no doubt eager to lock in sales with premium cards, it remains to be see how many of these designs will actually approach the $249 MSRP NVIDIA has announced.

Sources: Tom's Hardware & Tom's Hardware

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  • haukionkannel - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    These in pictures Are highend versions, so They will be more expensive than founders editions!
    So 300$+ 350$ maybe, with best coolers.
    But this is so small chip that one rotor cheap and light cooler is enough, and those versions will definitely be close 250$. Even AMD 480 Stock cooler would be overkill with these!
  • nevcairiel - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    Those high-end models at least haven't been that much more expensive for the 1070 or 1080 than FE, more like about the same level.
  • Stochastic - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    This is the critical question for me. At $250 an overclocked 1060 is a great value. For $280+? Not so much.
  • Michael Bay - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    So more a question of when.
  • nevcairiel - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    The high-end models will not, but many vendors typically also have entry-level models with bland coolers for the typical MSRP.
  • nirolf - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    I hope we'll shorter cards as well, not all of us have big towers.
  • nevcairiel - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    The reference PCB looked pretty small, albeit with a long-ish cooler as well (beyond the PCB). But at least the PCB size wouldn't make a smaller card impossible.
  • Peter2k - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    Gigabyte has a 1070 for mini ITX

    I'm sure someone is going to make a small 1060
    A quote:

    the GeForce GTX 1060’s circuit board is small—only about seven inches long, which is roughly equal to the RX 480’s PCB and a mere inch longer than the remarkably tiny Radeon Nano.
  • bigboxes - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    I've been rocking mid tower ATX boxes for the last 15 years. They may be bulkier than the smaller cases, however they are a lot more better for cooling, expansion and maintenance. I can put what I want into my machines without having to compromise.
  • metayoshi - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    I used to like tiny cases as well, simply because it fits better anywhere you put it. But I realized the GPU fans were literally sucking air from the practically nonexistent space between the bottom of my case and the card, so I eventually moved up a couple years ago to mid towers just to have that extra airspace for the fans to circulate air from. It also makes cabling a way easier.

    It's just kind of ridiculous when i look inside because I have a mini ITX motherboard with a giant GPU and then a ton of empty space between it and the bottom mounted PSU, but it handles high temperatures so much better.

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