NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM
We might soon see a new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 if the leaks by Chinese site, Expreview, are to be believed. The new GTX 1060 variant will come with support for up to 5 GB GDDR5 RAM. This will be connected to the GP106-350-K3-A1 GPU via a 160-bit memory bus. The GPU in itself will come enabled with 1280 CUDA Cores, 80 Texture Mapping Units (TMUs), and 48 Raster Operations Pipelines (ROPs) similar to the higher end GTX 1060 variants.
Expreview, which carried this report believes that the card will of interest to cybercafe owners, given that the 75W TDP (compared to a similarly specced Quadro P2000; not verified) would mean that extra power connectors can be ruled out, thereby, easing system maintenance. While the GTX 1060 3 GB should handle 1080p gaming fairly well, the rising popularity of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), which is a pretty demanding game, is drawing users a lot to cybercafes. Therefore, NVIDIA could be thinking of catering to owners of these cybercafes by creating a card that would be relatively affordable but with just the right specs to handle this game at 1080p max settings.
The source says that the card will be a China exclusive to be sold in bulk, therefore, will be bereft of any fancy packaging. That makes it out of the reach for other buyers elsewhere but there are chances that it could get sold via some unofficial channels.