The Nvidia GTX 1060 is not merely competing against the AMD Radeon RX 480. Nvidia has made the exalted claim that it can stand up to the powerful GeForce GTX 980. The 6GB of VRAM is supporting, though the 1,280 CUDA cores is a large drop from the GTX 980’s 2,048 – it’s up to the Pascal structure to make up the difference in efficiency.
GPU Z quantified the Nvidia GTX 1060 memory bandwidth at 192.2GB/s, compared to the GTX 980’s 288.4GB/s. However, in our standards, the Nvidia GTX 1060 differentiated itself. It generated a glaring 130fps in Soil Confrontation at 1,920×1,080 resolution and Ultra quality settings – that is 3fps higher than both the GTX 980 and the even more strong GTX 980 Ti managed. Additionally, it generated 97fps at 2,560×1,440, while at 3,840×2,160 it scored 54fps, merely 4fps short of the GTX 980. It is simple to discount promoting bluster, but it appears Nvidia is correct in saying that both of these cards are equally matched. In the more needing Tomb Raider evaluation, our Nvidia GTX 1060 powered PC sailed to 102fps at 1,920×1,080, 68fps at 2,560×1,440 and 33fps at 3,840×2,160, all using Supreme quality settings and FXAA. Falling to High presets saw 4K functionality shoot up to 63fps.
Even in the barbarous Metro: Last Light Redux running at Very High settings, it is tough to fault 49fps at 1,920×1,080, 28fps at 2,560×1,440 and 12fps at 3,840×2,160 are all great for a single GPU at this cost, even if the latter two are not playable in themselves. You can still get close to 60fps with some tweaking. In general, these remarkable results normally conquer the RX 480. Nvidia’s card also did better in the SteamVR Test, with a score of 7.9. The Pascal structure has a few advantages for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners the RX 480 can not fit. The huge one is multi screen projection, which reduces the quantity of rendering required to reveal VR scenes. The deficiency of SLI support is a pity, but that is the only disadvantage we can consider. For extra bucks you get high end functionality, exceptional efficacy (temperatures peaked at 71°C), G-Sync and HDR gaming support, VR optimization and adequate 4K ability. The RX 480 is more economical, but this extraordinary GPU is the better buy.
– This article was submitted and shared by P. Kumar
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