Geforce GTX 1060 Thread: faster than RX 480, 120W, $249

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moonbogg

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The performance is there for the 3GB card, but 3GB is really pushing it. I think Guru3D was right to suggest people don't buy the 3gb card. The 6gb makes much more sense and doesn't cost much more at all. A 13 year old kid about to buy a 3gb 1060 could mow one more lawn and get the 6gb version.
 
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Phynaz

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what a silly argument. Both names were floated and released before any benchmarks existed and before anyone outside of each group knew how the other card would perform. 1060 was released and priced in response to the 480. ...what a silly thing to suggest that entity A pre-named their product a certain way because they unkowningly assumed their product was inferior. And of course, it isn't inferior. See you in 6 months. :D

AMD has a long history of copying product names to cause market confusion. Just look at their CPU names and using the "K" identifier. Now they take the "X" identfier from Nvidia.
 

werepossum

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That is disingenuous. We're already seeing a majority of DX12 (and obviously Doom Vulkan) games performing better on the RX 480 vs the 1060. Also, we've seen that GCN has aged better than Kepler and Maxwell in the long run (290x/390/390x vs 780ti/970/980), so it's definitely not far-fetched that Polaris will age better than Pascal. I agree, however, that there are only a handful of games right now and we'll see how things pan out.

Some of the users here that talk about future-proofing as some kind of stupid thing are being a bit dishonest, it's quite easy to dismiss the long-term when you have no problems buying (sometimes multiple) 700$ or 1200$ cards each year.

Regarding the performance delta, Computerbase are showing that in an actual gaming case, and not in an 5 minute open-air bench, the difference between the two is not that great even in DX11, although the 1060 is still the better performer there.

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Anyway, I'd prefer not to talk about the RX 480 in this thread- however it is mentioned in the thread title so I think it's OK.
I really like that mode of real-world testing, along with things like TechReport's 1% & 0.1% lows rather than absolute outliers. I would expect that would favor NVidia though, as their card uses less power. Honestly that's mostly why I bought the GTX 1060 for my son rather than the 480 - my MSI Gaming 390 really heats up my office during gaming. But at $240 for the slower card versus $249 for the faster card, it's really worth it anyway. Hopefully this one works well, as I've historically had better luck with ATI/AMD than with NVidia. In thirty-one years of building, two of the three defective cards I've had were NVidia.

The performance is there for the 3GB card, but 3GB is really pushing it. I think Guru3D was right to suggest people don't buy the 3gb card. The 6gb makes much more sense and doesn't cost much more at all. A 13 year old kid about to buy a 3gb 1060 could mow one more lawn and get the 6gb version.
Unless it's the lawn of a cheap old bastard like me.
 

Erenhardt

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AMD has a long history of copying product names to cause market confusion. Just look at their CPU names and using the "K" identifier. Now they take the "X" identfier from Nvidia.

Feel free to correct me but wasn't amd (ati) the first to use X in the GPU names?

Edit: Not really. Nvidia was just ahead:
Riva128ZX February 23, 1998
Rage XL August 1998

And fullbown GPU line name with X :
GeForce FX 5000 March 2003
Radeon X300 June 21, 2004

Also, I don't think they should sue nvidia or that nvidia are copycatz:
800px-Plymouth_GTX_%28%2710_Centropolis_Laval%29.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_GTX
 
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AMD has a long history of copying product names to cause market confusion. Just look at their CPU names and using the "K" identifier. Now they take the "X" identfier from Nvidia.

Pretty sure they ripped off FX from the GeForce FX, too.
 

HiroThreading

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A lot of companies use 'X' in their product naming. You can't really say AMD copied Nvidia.

Anyone remember the X1900 series? X1900 XTX -- good times.


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swilli89

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Think its time to change the title of this thread to be more in line with reality. Sort of misleading, especially considering the thread title doesn't specify 6gb or 3gb.
 
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Sweepr

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Think its time to change the title of this thread to be more in line with reality. Sort of misleading, especially considering the thread title doesn't specify 6gb or 3gb.

Feel free to cherry-pick your favorite AMD Gaming Evolved titles - that doesn't change the fact that according to the majority of reviews out there GTX 1060 is faster overall, more power efficient, generally has an edge in terms overclocking headroom, launched shortly after Polaris 10 ('several months advantage to market = lie') and was available starting day 1 at MSRP with custom cards in stock. Despite all the FUD, it is a much better gaming card than the disappointing RX 480. Meanwhile NVIDIA has zero competition above $250 and a full lineup of FinFET mobile chips out (GP107 coming soon). :D
 
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Hitman928

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That's actually a very positive review:

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/95545-inno3d-geforce-gtx-1060-ichill-x3

Almost the same performance as a 6GB GTX 1060 (MSI Gaming X), actually better in some games. Personally it's not a compromise I would make, but looks perfectly fine for today's titles and a solid perf/$ proposition for 1080p gamers. Still missing frametime tests though.

That's a 6 GB model in your link. I don't know where the 3 GB review is on hexus.
 

linkgoron

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Feel free to cherry-pick your favorite AMD Gaming Evolved titles - that doesn't change the fact that according to the majority of reviews out there GTX 1060 is faster overall, more power efficient, generally has an edge in terms overclocking headroom, launched shortly after Polaris 10 ('several months advantage to market = lie') and was available starting day 1 at MSRP with custom cards in stock. Despite all the FUD, it is a much better gaming card than the disappointing RX 480. Meanwhile NVIDIA has zero competition above $250 and a full lineup of FinFET mobile chips out (GP107 coming soon). :D

According to ComputerBase the Nitro 480, Asus Strix 480 and Red Devil 480 are all faster than the 1060 FE (by 3%). So I'm not sure how "it is a much better gaming card" is true. Even the after market MSI is only 3% faster than the Nitro+. This is all in DX11, without any DX12 benchmarks.

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