Foreign media Digital Foundry has tested NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition and provides a fair comparison with the Radeon RX 480. The new mid-range graphics card uses Pascal GP106 silicon with 1280 CUDA cores, 106 TMUs and 48 ROPs (not 32 ROPs, something unusual in this segment) arriving at a Base / Turbo frequency of 1506/1709 MHz, while the tested model was equipped with 6GB of GDDR5 memory @ 8.00 GHz together with a memory interface of 192 bits gives us a bandwidth of 192 GB / s with a TDP of 120W.

GeForce GTX 1060 Vs RX 480 Vs R9 390 Vs GTX 980 Vs GTX 970 

GeForce GTX 1060 Vs RX 480 at 1080p resolution

At the most used resolution no less than six graphics cards are compared including GeForce GTX 1060, Radeon RX 480, Radeon R9 390, GeForce GTX 960, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1070.

In 8 games, the GeForce GTX 1060 stays above the RX 480 in 6 tests, but lost 6/8 trials with the GeForce GTX 980. At 1080p resolution the GeForce GTX 1060 is between 11-12% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

1920 × 1080 (1080p) GTX 1060 RX 480 8GB R9 390 GTX 960 GTX 970 GTX 980 GTX 1070
Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ultra High 58.2 50.8 48.6 29.8 51.3 58.7 79.1
Ashes of the Singularity, Extreme 45.9 47.7 52.1 27.2 40.5 48.3 57.0
Crysis 3, Very High, AAWS T2x 78.7 70.1 75.4 46.4 72.5 83.7 107.0
The Division, Ultra, SMAA 56.6 54.8 49.8 33.8 50.2 57.8 78.3
Far Cry Primal, Ultra, SMAA 65.6 58.7 65.1 37.8 56.2 63.3 88.8
Hitman, Ultra, AAWS, DX12 65.8 73.2 75.6 31.7 59.0 66.9 92.5
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ultra, AAWS, DX12 75.1 61.2 63.3 45.0 69.7 80.4 105.0
The Witcher 3 Ultra, Post AA, No Hairworks 68.4 61.2 55.6 38.9 60.7 65.6 94.2

GeForce GTX 1060 Vs RX 480 at 1440p (2K) resolution 

We went up to 2K, a resolution that gaining more followers due as now 2k resolution monitors are cheap. Despite the increased resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 is still leading in 6/8 games in comparison with the Radeon RX 480. In 2k resolution the GeForce GTX 980 is grown exceeding 7 of the 8 tests.

2560 × 1440 (1440p) GTX 1060 RX 480 8GB R9 390 GTX 960 GTX 970 GTX 980 GTX 1070
Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ultra High 37.4 33.8 33.7 20.2 32.7 38.1 51.0
Ashes of the Singularity, Extreme, 0x MSAA 41.2 42.7 46.2 21.0 35.9 41.7 56.8
Crysis 3, Very High, AAWS T2x 47.7 43.1 48.7 28.0 43.8 51.9 65.8
The Division, Ultra, SMAA 39.9 39.0 37.8 24.3 36.1 41.4 55.4
Far Cry Primal, Ultra, SMAA 45.0 42.3 46.7 26.0 39.6 45.3 61.9
Hitman, Ultra, AAWS, DX12 48.1 55.0 56.8 23.9 41.5 48.3 67.5
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ultra, AAWS, DX12 49.2 43.0 46.0 30.0 46.1 52.8 68.5
The Witcher 3 Ultra, Post AA, No Hairworks 48.2 45.3 42.9 26.9 43.0 46.6 67.0

1080p resolution, Overclock

Despite higher frequencies, Maxwell silicon is still quite mature and win 7/8 tests, GeForce GTX 1060 wins in one title by a difference of just 0.2 FPS.

1920 × 1080 (1080p) GTX 1060 1060 GTX OC GTX 980 GTX 980 OC GTX 970 GTX 970 OC
Assassin’s Creed Unity. ultra High 58.2 65.2 58.7 68.4 51.3 59.5
Crysis 3, Very High, AAWS T2x 78.7 87.8 83.7 94.5 72.5 81.6
The Division, Ultra, SMAA 56.6 63.2 57.8 67.7 50.2 58.2
Far Cry Primal, Ultra, SMAA 65.6 73.5 63.3 73.3 56.2 64.0
Hitman, Ultra, AAWS, DX12 65.8 73.3 66.9 74.2 59.0 63.0
The Witcher 3 Ultra, Post AA, No Hairworks 68.4 75.8 65.6 83.1 60.7 69.1

Conclusion

The GeForce GTX 1060 remains halfway between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 980, but fails to perform as the latter promised by NVIDIA, at least it is noteworthy consumption of 230W compared to 305W of the GTX 980 or 271W of the Radeon RX 480.

GTX-1060-OC-vs-GTX-980-OC-vs-GTX-970-OC

No doubt we are facing a very good graphics card, slightly cheaper than the GeForce GTX 970 almost performing same as the GeForce GTX 980, although the price is not as good as expected. As far as value versus performance, the 4GB variant of the RX 480 stays in its very own class – and we wouldn’t be shocked to see a 3GB GTX 1050 with a chop down GP106 processor take that on at the appointed time. As things stand, the 8GB RX 480 is less expensive, yet slower than GTX 1060 by and large. Noteworthy, it holds a VRAM advantage and, all things considered, it is by all accounts standing its ground in titles that support Radeon hardware.

In terms of value, Newegg is as yet offering GTX 970 at $299 – higher than the 1060’s price – keeping in mind UK suppliers are getting out Maxwell stocks, we’ve still yet to see the GTX 980 hit anything like the GTX 1060’s value point. In the event that there’s the feeling that the GTX 1060’s UK evaluating is just too high contrasted with its $249 US partner, the unfortunate truth is that the recent collapse of the pound’s worth has affected PC segment valuing over the business sector.