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
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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
A customer care representative for Nvidia has responded to complaints on its community forum that its 397.13 driver release is causing installation headaches for some GeForce GTX 1060 owners, and perhaps owners of other video cards as well. The good news for those affected by the issue is that Nvidia is including a fix in its next driver release, which will be available "very soon.""We will be releasing a new driver very soon with a fix for this. I understand how inconvenient it is," the Nvidia representative said.In the meantime, the rep offered up a couple of temporary workarounds. The first is to disable and re-enable the GPU in the Device Manager, which will reload the driver. If that doesn't work, the rep recommends rolling back to the 391.35 driver release until the new one is made available.For whatever reason, the issue seems to mostly affect GeForce GTX 1060 owners. Those affected by it are getting stuck in an installation loop, whereby they're prompted to restart their PC … [Read more...] about Nvidia tells GTX 1060 owners that a new, non-buggy GPU driver is coming ‘very soon’
Nvidia released its 397.31 'Game Ready' driver package yesterday with optimizations for BattleTech and Frostpunk, but unfortunately it's not installing correctly for some users. Even worse, those affected by what appears to be a buggy driver release say they're getting caught in an installation loop whereby after restarting their PC, they're prompted to reinstall the driver, only to have it fail again.Almost all of the complaints on Nvidia's community forum have come from GeForce GTX 1060 owners, though one of the users says he's running into an installation issue with this EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW graphics cards. It's not clear if his issue is the same or an unrelated one."397.31 was offered through Geforce experience. After install it asked for a restart (which it has not on previous installs of drivers via Geforce experience). After restart i lost my second screen and open hardware monitor showed no GFX info. A pop up tells me to force reinstall driver; this did not work and kept … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s latest GPU driver is causing installation headaches for some GTX 1060 owners