AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
RX 480 GTX 1060 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Price $ 265 $ 199 66 (25%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 76C
Max Fan Noise dB 47dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 470W 30 (6%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 71 FPS 7.1 (11%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 51 FPS 3.1 (7%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 30 FPS 0.3 (1%)
Memory 8 GB 6 GB 2 (25%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 80/100 4 (5%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to GTX 1060 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84
73
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
34
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57
51
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
47
2018 Just Cause 4
49
54
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
58
2018 Battlefield V
65
68
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47
50
2017 Destiny 2
91
82
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
74
2017 For Honor
90
99
2017 Project CARS 2
64
70
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
85
2016 Dishonored 2
47
51
2015 Rocket League
263
288
2015 Need For Speed
73
80
2015 Project CARS
70
77
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
198
2009 League of Legends
338
371

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53
42
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
26
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40
36
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35
31
2018 Fallout 76
63
52
2018 Just Cause 4
36
40
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
40
2018 Battlefield V
46
50
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31
37
2017 Destiny 2
78
70
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
54
2017 For Honor
53
58
2017 Project CARS 2
45
49
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
77
2016 Dishonored 2
40
44
2015 Rocket League
113
124
2015 Need For Speed
56
62
2015 Project CARS
53
59
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
165
2009 League of Legends
188
206

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30
27
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18
16
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24
22
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19
16
2018 Fallout 76
35
29
2018 Just Cause 4
19
21
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
19
2018 Battlefield V
29
26
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
22
2017 Destiny 2
39
35
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
37
2017 For Honor
26
29
2017 Project CARS 2
38
41
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
64
2016 Dishonored 2
32
35
2015 Rocket League
53
58
2015 Need For Speed
38
41
2015 Project CARS
38
41
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
148
2009 League of Legends
75
82

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, GTX 1060 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 480 vs GTX 1060 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 GTX 1060
Board NumberC940, D009-01PG410 SKU 30
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9.823 inches 250 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W120 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 GTX 1060
Boost Clock1266 MHz1709 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz1506 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 GTX 1060
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)GeForce 1000
Launch Price229 USD299 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Mar 8th, 2018

Graphics Features

RX 480 GTX 1060
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 GTX 1060
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Pascal
Die Size244 mm²314 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGP106
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)GP106-400-A1
Process Size14 nm16 nm
Transistors5,700 million7,200 million

Memory

RX 480 GTX 1060
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s192.2 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit192 bit
Memory Size8192 MB6144 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 GTX 1060
ROPs3248
Shading Units23041280
TMUs14480

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 GTX 1060
FP16 (half) performance5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)68.36 GFLOPS (1:64)
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS4,375 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s82.03 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s136.7 GTexel/s

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