When Nvidia launched the GTX 1080 Ti, one of its big features is that it had slightly faster DDR5X memory than the cards that came before it, namely the GTX 1080. Since Nvidia had figured out a method for making its current stock of memory operate at a higher frequency, it also announced it was going to upgrade the memory for the GTX 1060 as well, going from 8Gb/s to 9Gb/s across all models. This allows Nvidia partners like Gigabyte to sell both versions of the card, with nothing changed aside from the memory speed.
So we decided to do a quick review of this new card to see what the fuss is about, and to figure out if it’s really a significant boost over the vanilla version of the entry-level GPU. The card I’m looking at is Gigabyte’s midrange Aorus model, the 1060 6G 9Gbs (See it on Amazon). The card has an MSRP of $299, but can often be hard to find at that price. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how the upgraded card fares against the previous version of this GPU. Since nothing else has changed I won’t bother rehashing the GTX 1060 review we already published – be sure to take a look for an in-depth look at the card’s specs, design, overclocking capability, and more.