NVIDIA Released GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1060 with Updated Memory Architecture

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 04/21/17 09:03AM EDT

Almost a year after the release of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the leading GPU manufacturer released an upgraded version of GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1060. The upgrade features an additional 1Gbps memory clock speed that comes with increase in memory bandwidth. Both graphic cards will still have the same specifications aside from the upgraded features mentioned.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Upgrade, Price

Aside from getting a much powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti version, the latest upgrade on GeForce GTX 1080 was the first update for the 2016 flagship graphics card. Released towards the end of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 was the first among the NVIDIA GeForce 10 series graphics card to be released.

But more importantly, there was a big price drop is for the GeForce GTX 1080. When NVIDIA launched GeForce GTX 1080, the tag price of for the Founders Edition is US$699 and while US$599 for the custom variants. Fast forward to this era, with an upgraded 11Gbps memory clock speed and 352GB/s memory bandwidth, GeForce GTX 1080 is now sold for only US$499 according to WCCFTech.

In addition, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 retained the GP104 GPU (2560 CUDA cores) but with NVIDIA's FinFET architecture, this graphics card showed significant increase in clock frequency. The rejuvenated GeForce GTX 1080 was able to reach 2.1GHz clock speeds using air cooling system (1607MHz base and 1733MHz boost).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Update, Price

Meanwhile, GeForce GTX 1060 will also receive a 1GB/s memory clock speed increase which will also result in the increase in memory bandwidth. Currently at 8Gbps, the revitalized GeForce GTX 1060 will be offered at 9Gbps GDDR5 reaching up to 216GB/s bandwidth compared to the current 192.2GB/s version.

As many tech analysts would suggest, NVIDIA plans to fight AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card with its GeForce GTX 1060. Thus, the price of this upgraded NVIDIA graphics card at the mainstream market could be under US$300.

GeForce announced these so-called "Supercharged" graphic cards towards the end of February, weeks before the release of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Both GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps GDDR5X and GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps GDDR5 will be available at various price points from multiple partners.

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