Unboxing the GTX 1060

The Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 arrives in a sturdy box which can also be used for display.DSCN1512

The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is made with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminum body, and a thermal solution designed to run cool and quiet. Like the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founders Edition boards, a dual-FETs power supply is used to improve power efficiency, along with a low impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators.DSCN1525Unlike the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070, the GTX 1060 lacks a complete backplate.DSCN1526

Unlike the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 which use a single 8-pin PCIe connector, the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 uses a single 6-pin connector.  There is also no SLI connector for the GTX 1060 as Nvidia is focusing their multi-GPU resources on the high-end GPUs like the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070.  This makes sense as many newer games do not support multi-GPU at all.DSCN1519

The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition has been designed and built by Nvidia and it was made with premium materials and components including a faceted die cast aluminum body that definitely has a very solid feel to it.  GeForce_GTX_1060_Front_TherThe Founders Edition is built around a radial fan and featuring two copper heat pipes embedded in the base of an aluminum heatsink, and it moves all heated air outside the chassis. The surface area of the heatsink is over 50% larger than the reference heatsink used on the GTX 960.

The connections are the same for all 3 Pascal cards.DSCN1521

Other Features of the GTX 1060

Ansel has been Integrated into Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and later on in the Witcher 3  this Month

The GTX 1060 also supports Nvidia Ansel technology, a game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore and share gaming art in new ways. With Ansel, users can compose their gameplay shots by pointing the camera in any direction and from any vantage point within a gaming world, and then capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing with a VR headset or with Google Cardboard.

The first game to support Ansel is Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be available later this month. More Ansel-supported games are in development, including Epic Games’ Fortnite, Paragon and Unreal Tournament; Cyan Worlds’ Obduction; Thekla’sThe Witness; Boss Key Productions’ Lawbreakers; Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division; and No Man’s Sky from Hello Games.

VR Funhouse is now on Steam and adds GTX 1060 supportfunhouse

Nvidia VR Funhouse – the company’s VR carnival game – is now available for free from Valve’s Steam digital distribution service. Developed on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, VR Funhouse will work on GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs with HTC Vive VR headsets. It will also be open sourced to developers and artists so they can create their own VR Funhouse attractions.

Let’s check out the test configuration.