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NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM

The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)
The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)
NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.

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.

Spec comparison of available GTX 1060 variants. New 5 GB variant is highlighted in yellow. (Source: Videocardz)
Spec comparison of available GTX 1060 variants. New 5 GB variant is highlighted in yellow. (Source: Videocardz)

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Expreview (Chinese) via Videocardz and Hexus

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12-27 (Update: 2017-12-27)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.