Nvidia has announced a new variant of their GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card today, which features half the VRAM and a slight reduction in CUDA core count.
This new card, the GTX 1060 3GB, will go head-to-head with the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB at a $199 price point.
Normally when lower-capacity variants of a graphics card are released, the only change is the reduction in VRAM.
The GTX 1060 3GB does see a cut in GDDR5 frame buffer from 6 GB to 3 GB on the same 192-bit bus, but Nvidia has also disabled one of the ten SMs in the GP106 GPU for this model, which introduces a new core configuration under the GTX 1060 name.
With nine of the ten SMs active in this card, the core count drops from 1280 to 1152, and the texture units see a similar reduction from 80 to 72.
Clock speeds remain unchanged, at 1506 MHz with a boost to 1709 MHz, though rated compute performance decreases by 11 percent from 4.4 to 3.9 TFLOPs .