Nvidia’s GTX 1060 is just £190 right now

Asus Nvidia GTX 1060

I’ve spent a large portion of today staring at the 4K HDR glory of Nvidia’s shiny ‘new’ G-Sync monitors, the Acer Predator X27 and the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – yes, those very same screens that were announced all the way back at the beginning of 2017 and are only just making their way to market in the next couple of weeks. More on those in the coming days.

Of course, even though I was at Nvidia’s press event to look at monitors, the inevitable ‘Is the great graphics card stock shortage finally over?’ question came up several times over the course of the day. And the answer, from Nvidia’s own mouth, was a resounding ‘Yes.’ Case in point: you can now pick up a 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 for as little as £189.98, or a GTX 1070Ti for a mere £400 (which is a damn sight better than the £600 it cost just a few months ago).

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We’ve seen prices gradually falling over the last couple of months, first with the GTX 1080 going back down to Black Friday price levels and second with Nvidia’s Founders Edition cards finally coming back in stock. Now, though, the price drop frenzy seems to have finally percolated down to other cards as well.

That Zotac GTX 1070Ti Mini is a particularly good steal, especially when most regular GTX 1070 cards still cost in the £400-500 region. As its name implies, it’s a miniature GTX 1070Ti, so it doesn’t have as many fans as other, larger GTX 1070Ti models, but if it’s anything like Zotac’s GTX 1080Ti Mini, which I tested for our big Final Fantasy XV graphics card performance article, then it should do just fine. For more info on how the card performs in general, be sure to check out our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti review.

The 3GB GTX 1060 is a bit more of a gamble. As we explain in our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review, 3GB of video memory is a bit on the stingy side in this day and age, as ideally you’d really want at least 4GB (such as on the GTX 1050Ti or entry-level AMD Radeon RX 580), if not the full 6GB that more expensive GTX 1060 models offer.

More memory not only improves performance in day-to-day titles, as it lets the card access more bits of game a lot faster, but it will also provide a bit more future-proofing in the long-term, too. It will be fine for 1080p gaming, but when you can find the GTX 1050Ti for £150 (such as the Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB StormX), it feels like you’re spending a little bit more than you need to in order to get a great 1080p experience. Indeed, when the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 OC V1 can be found for £246, you don’t have to spend that much more now to make your money go even further.

Now is an equally great time to jump into the GTX 1080 pool as well, with models such as the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Armour OC going for £460 and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC for £480. US prices aren’t quite as tasty, sadly – the cheapest being the $580 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC or $600 PNY GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB, but at least it’s better than the insane $1400 price points that were knocking around earlier in the year.

25 Comments

  1. mitrovarr says:

    Kinda tempted to get a new video card… I just upgraded my system core from a i7 970 to a Ryzen 2700x, but carried over my gtx 970. Unfortunately it seems I was GPU limited, as I didn’t see much performance improvement. So it’s a little tempting to get a video card too and have a whole new system at once. The gtx 970 is a bit weak at VR especially.

    • Sakkura says:

      I don’t think this price slide is over yet. Patience may still be a good investment.

    • Jabberslops says:

      Don’t get a GTX 1060. If you didn’t know, it’s basically as fast as a 970 and is only a side grade with the 6GB version over the 970 with its 3.5GB+512MB. I upgraded to a 1070 in 2016 from a 970 and it was at minimum a 70% upgrade which made it completely worth it.

      • mitrovarr says:

        Oh yeah, no danger of that. I am considering 1070 minimum, and maybe better. But after more consideration I’ll probably wait until next generation.

  2. TillEulenspiegel says:

    I bought a GTX 1060 3GB almost two years ago; it’s a solid mid-range card, but it’s weird that it’s still something worth talking about as a thing to buy at that kind of price.

    • ephesus64 says:

      Yeah, I managed to get this exact card for a good amount less than that one year ago in a random sale, but now I’m scared of breaking it. I transport my computer sometimes, and every time it feels like I’m taking unwise risks. It would make me pretty angry to spend half again as much on the same dang card! That’s no fun at all.

    • ludde says:

      Doesn’t come off as very future proof when it’s already two years old.

      And it’s still £30 more or so than back then, where I live.

  3. jerseyBastion says:

    I bought a Zotac 1070 Ti mini from Amazon last week and ended up sending it back. It was much noisier than I was expecting as the fans won’t go below 40%. I’m sure it’s powerful but it was too loud for me!

    • Retne says:

      That’s good to know and thanks for the info jerseyBastion. I bought a great Dell rig in November but ended up sending the whole thing back because of noise. It was 1080Ti based; I’m not sure what was noisy though as it had to go back as a unit I didn’t investigate to much.

      But yeah, noise matters a lot.

    • fish99 says:

      The mini cards are best avoided due to noise/heat unless you absolutely can’t fit a regular sized card.

  4. Eleven says:

    I am unspeakably envious that you have the X27 & PG27UQ.

    I mean, the reviews are just going to say “They’re nice but not worth over one and a half grand”, or maybe “The HDR tech isn’t quite there yet”, but I still wouldn’t be disappointed to own one or the other.

    • Katharine Castle says:

      I don’t have them quite yet! Just a preview today, but I can say this: they’re pretty damn amazing. Yes they’ll cost $1000+, but I think it will be worth it! Easily the best HDR on a monitor I’ve seen so far.

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        particlese says:

        Spoilers!

        Anyway, it’s always nice to hear HDR’s coming into its own in the PC space. I’ll be eager to hear how easy or difficult they are to get running with an assortment of games and such from the comfort of RPS Palace.

        • caff says:

          Yeah sorry I don’t wish to hijack this article or influence your next, but I would be keen to know how HDR stacks up generally, and indeed whether such monitors are good for other content too (i.e. do normal SDR games or TV input via the HDMI look good?)

      • Dudeface says:

        I’m more interested in the new ultrawides, any news on those?

        • Katharine Castle says:

          They’re coming! Nvidia seem to be focusing on these two 27in 4K G-Sync HDR displays for the time being, but with Computex just round the corner, I don’t think it will be long before we start seeing the ultrawides making an appearance as well.

  5. Crimsoneer says:

    I’ve had my GTX 970 for…nearly 2 years now? And I just don’t feel compelled to upgrade. Everything runs so fine!

    • Zenicetus says:

      I’ve had a GTX970 for about a year and a half, and if it weren’t for one thing, I’d be fine with games on this 1920×1200 monitor. Not jumping into 4k or VR yet really helps.

      That one thing though, is the X-Plane flight sim. It’s VRAM-hungry, and the 970 is gimped for VRAM, using only 3.5GB on an application like that (the slower 0.5 is ignored). My next card has to be 8GB like a 1080 or equivalent, and the prices just haven’t stabilized yet.

    • sion12 says:

      tried assassin creed origin? run pretty bad on my 2500k/GTX 970. even at 1080P its run 45 ish fps, lower setting didnt change fps much at all

  6. geldonyetich says:

    Wow, there has been no new developments in graphics cards. I bought a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti back in November and it’s still at the same cost and the same spot on the benchmarks. I guess I should be happy my (all too expensive) investment hasn’t gone anywhere in terms of obsolescence.

  7. TheSplund says:

    Let’s not get too excited that it’s 1060 as it’s only the 3gb card which, whilst a good little card, isn’t really worthy of the 1060 tag that it’s far better 6gb sibling carries

  8. carewolf says:

    That is still twice as much as anyone should have to pay for an over one year old mainstream graphics card.

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