Originally Posted by Hardware Hoshi
Is this small change that automatically requires the naming of the card change? I fear this scenario because in the late 90's we had half a dozen names for the same chips. It was so confusing and whenever a new offer / card came up you had to compare every damn card with lots of sheet tables and reviews to even have a clue in what performance class the hardware is in.
The GTX 1060 3GB is not that far away from its bigger brother. A "1050 label" would indicate othewise and meaning a complete other class meaning a 75W if the latest naming conventions stay the same. An additilan "TI" would not change anything. With overclocked core up to way over 1800 MHz this card performs within reach of the 6GB version in raw performance. At the same time it has the same 8000 MHz memory clock and 192-Bit memory interface. Would the last two have changed, it could be reason to rename the card, but not otherwise.
Yes, it does require a name change. Because simply saying 3 GB without anything else is by definition misleading, it points to the card simply having 3 GB instead of 6 and that's not the end of it as we know.
As I said above, Nvidia has done it right before. GTX 260 Core 216, GTX 560 Ti, 448 Core Edition. Interestingly in these cases, when it's to denote a better card they do it right away.
They have also launched the GTX 650 Ti Boost, which is a cut GF106 die, essentially just below GTX 660 performance, so yes, they have done it before and it would be the right thing to do here. 1050 Ti would fit just fine. And let's not forget the 660 Ti which was was based on the GTX 680 / 670 die.
But if not, 1060 3GB LE would do too.Edited by tpi2007 - 8/24/16 at 8:31am