Nvidia has just released the driver to enable Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) on Pascal GTX 1060 6GB GPUs and up. Nvidia went public with its decision to enable DXR in March – a surprise to many considering it is the signature feature of the RTX 20-series. But the move also raised many questions regarding performance, or lack thereof. Can a GTX 1060 6GB really ray trace? Ray tracing has been referred to by many as “the holy grail” of graphics rendering. The tech has actually been around for decades, lying in wait for capable silicon, and eventually finding its first break in the professional rendering scene. It wasn’t until Nvidia’s RTX 20-series generation, announced in Q3 2018, that this tech was implemented, in real-time, within games – emboldened by dedicated silicon in the form of RT Cores. These RT Cores are the reason Nvidia’s RTX 20-series GPUs can drive such computationally mammoth quantities of rays around a scene. Nvidia’s … [Read more...] about You probably shouldn’t activate DirectX Raytracing on an Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
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Remember those times Graphics Cards were used for mining? Yep. Bitcoin topped over $10,000 (19,783.06) a coin in mid-December of 2017! Etherium coin, which is kind of a GPU exclusive currency, reached $1,448 a coin in January 2018. Although most of the cryptocurrencies have died out by now, some are still on the rise. And one of the most popular and easiest ways to mine these things is by using a GPU. Since you’ll always have a CPU around (You can’t really run a PC without a CPU), the fastest way to level up your farming game is to get a GPU. But the GPU prices because of cryptocurrency mining were over the charts! Nvidia decided to counter this issue in their own exclusive way by developing a Mining-exclusive series. These are cheap GPU cards don’t have any display outputs. In other words, you can use these cards for their power, to compute stuff, but you can’t render on them. At least, that was the theory. Linus Tech Tips recently did a video on one of these … [Read more...] about You Can Use Nvidia P106 Mining Series GPU For Gaming, A GTX 1060 Equivalent That Only Costs $70
Cheap Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics cards bought on Ebay are turning out to be old GPUs of the Fermi generation. These dodgy graphics cards use some software and hardware trickery – such as renaming the GPU in the BIOS and scratching off GPU IDs – to pose as genuine Pascal cards. They’re being listed with lower-than-low price tags on the online marketplace that really are too good to be true. The fake GTX 1060 3GB cards, often coming from China or Malaysia, are selling for as low as €54 right now. The GPU at the core of these processors is not even of the Pascal generation, instead these cards come with a comparatively ancient Fermi GPU from the GTS 450, which launched back in 2011. Aside from tearing off the heatsink and taking a look for yourself, there are a few telltale characteristics that will help discern the wheat from the chaff. One such sign of phony cards is the inclusion of a VGA connector, a callback to a display standard Nvidia has … [Read more...] about Cheap Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics cards on Ebay really are too good to be true
For 1080p PC gaming, there are two graphics cards that immediately stand out: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 and AMD's Radeon RX 580. These popular graphics cards sit in the price versus performance sweet spot, often boasting better than console-quality graphics at double the frame-rate for just a few hundred dollars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, while a lot of PC gaming coverage focuses on high-end machines and components, it's affordable mid-range cards that are by far the most widely used. In fact, according to a recent Steam Hardware Survey, more than twelve per cent of gamers reported using a GTX 1060, compared to just over one per cent using a top-end GTX 1080 Ti. To help you decide between these two 1080p heroes, we'll take a look at how each card performs in nine different games, including modern titles like Battlefield 1, Assassin's Creed: Unity and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Of course, we'll also look at some classic titles like Crysis 3! While benchmarks are helpful, they're not the full … [Read more...] about GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 580: which is best for 1080p gaming?
Nvidia had good intentions when it released its 397.31 'Game Ready' driver package last week, which introduced performance optimizations for BattleTech and Frostpunk, and developer support for ray tracing. Not long after it arrived, however, some users started complaining of installation issues. A new hotfix driver (397.55) is supposed to fix those issues, along with a few others.Specifically, some GeForce GTX 1060 owners where caught in an installation loop, where the 397.31 driver would ultimately fail to install or crash, leading to a Code 43 error in the Device Manager.We've also seen a few complaints from owners of other graphics card models, though it seems the GTX 1060 is most affected. That's also the one that Nvidia acknowledges in its releases for its 397.55 hotfix. Here's a look at the full set of issues it addresses:After driver installation, Device Manager may report Code 43 error on a few GTX 1060 cards models.Netflix playback may occasionally stutter.Added support for … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s 397.55 hotfix driver addresses GTX 1060 issues and Netflix stuttering