Let's face it, with prices over $1000 AUD, the GeForce GTX 1080 is more of a dream than reality. But for the lucky few out there that reality is a blindingly fast 4K gaming experience with advanced graphical effect the likes of which the rest of us can only dream about. The more moderately priced GeForce GTX 1070 isn't far behind performance-wise, but it's also not that far behind price wise. Which makes the announcement of the more budget friendly GeForce GTX 1060 something to take note of. As it provides VR-ready GeForce GTX 980 performance for $250 USD.
When it releases later this month it'll be more expensive than the equally budget oriented AMD Radeon RX 480, but not by much. And like AMD's card it'll run off a single six-pin power connector, at a very reasonable 120 Watts of power. Which is more efficient than AMD's offering. Nvidia even boast that the card is 15 per cent faster and over 75 per cent more efficient than its "closest competitive product", referring to AMD's card. But as with all GPU performance stats, there are far too many variables to take into consideration.
But, it's safe to say that the GeForce GTX 1060 is an exciting proposition. And proves that the recent advancements in technology that made the 1080 possible, can also be used to increase performance across all entry points into PC gaming.