GeForce GTX 1060: Not bad for a low-end card

While the card is competitive in its price range, depending on your upgrade path it may not make a lot of sense to drop the cash to leap from, say, the 980 or even the 970 to a 1060. It’s best to hold out, if you can, for later-in-the-year price drops or the ability to pick-up the 1080.

1060 Founders Edition

Nvidia’s Founders Edition of the 1060 looks very similar to the 1080 and almost identical to the 1070, but doesn’t include the 1080’s vapor chamber cooling system. The 1060 makes use of a radial fan and heatsink system. The fan exhausts the heat outside the chassis via an aluminum heatsink and two copper heat pipes (that’s one less than the 1070), making for lower system temperatures. The 1060’s heatsink surface area is more than 50 percent larger than the heatsink used on the GTX 960, according to Nvidia.

GTX 1060 Cards

  • ASUS Turbo Edition: $249
  • EVGA GTX 1060 edition: $249
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT: $249
  • ZT-P10600A-10L ZOTAC GTX 1060 Mini 6G: $249
  • EVGA GTX 1060 Superclocked (SC) Edition: $259
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor 6G OC: $259
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1060: $259
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming 6G: $279
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP 6GB: $279
  • Gigabyte GV-N1060G1 GAMING-6GD: $289
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G: $289
  • ASUS STRIX-GTX1060-6G-GAMING: $329

The Founders Edition is just as beautiful on the outside as it is in its Pascal-powered guts. Designed in-house by Nvidia, it has a machine-finished, faceted die-cast aluminum body and low-profile backplate. A section of the backplate can be removed to increase airflow between multiple 1070 cards when using an SLI configuration. The card has three DisplayPort connections, one HDMI 2.0b port and a dual-link DVI port.

The Founders Edition is only available directly from Nvidia.com for $299, though an array of partner cards are supposed to start hitting retail chains today as well. Those cards start at $249.

The card has the ability to render more accurately across multiple displays to provide distortion-free images on flat, surround, curved and spherical screens. It also can double the performance for virtual reality headsets by rendering the geometry for both eyes in an image on a single pass.

Much of these features are designed in reaction to advances or coming advances in display technology.

One of the more interesting new developments coming with the arrival of the 1060 is Nvidia’s reworked method for capturing in-game images. Ansel is designed to be your camera inside the games you play.

Ansel … so hot right now

Currently, Ansel is only supported in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst with support coming for The Witcher 3 sometime later this month. Other supported games include Tom Clancy’sThe Division, The Witness, LawBreakers, Paragon, Fortnite, Obduction, No Man’s Sky and Unreal Tournament, though no date (of support) has been set yet for those.

The Nvidia software suite allows you to pause a game, detach the camera to move it around and add filters to capture EXR, super high-resolution, stereo or even 360-degree images. Those images can then be viewed in VR.

The tech requires game developers to add code into their creations, but Nvidia says the work will be minimal. For instance, according to the company, The Witness required an extra 40 or so lines of code, while The Witcher 3 required about 150 lines of code.

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