NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
vs
AMD Radeon RX 480

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
GTX 1060 3GB RX 480 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 170.0 $ 399.0 229 (135%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 63C 77C 14 (22%)
Max Fan Noise 42.2dB 51dB 8.8 (21%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 500W 30 (6%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 66.1 FPS 63.9 FPS 2.2 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 47.3 FPS 46.8 FPS 0.5 (1%)
Average 4K Performance 27.7 FPS 28.0 FPS 0.3 (1%)
Memory 3 GB 8 GB 5 (167%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.6 $ 6.3 3.7 (142%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.6 $ 8.6 5 (139%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 14.3 8.2 (134%)
Variant NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Overall Combination Score 81/100 74/100 7 (9%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to GTX 1060 3GB 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 3GB .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
53
59.8
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.5
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
50
56.5
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.8
68
75.8
2019 Metro Exodus
29
33.3
30
33.7
2019 World War Z
56
62.3
76
85.0
2019 Gears of War 5
44
49.1
44
49.1
2019 F1 2019
55
61.6
55
61.6
2019 GreedFall
49
55.5
49
55.5
2019 Borderlands 3
35
39.0
35
39.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
62
69.2
75
84.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
29
32.3
29
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
43
48.7
51
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
39
44.4
48
54.0
2018 Just Cause 4
45
50.9
43
48.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
49
54.8
47
52.5
2018 Strange Brigade
71
79.1
71
79.1
2018 Battlefield V
58
64.9
58
65.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
42
47.0
42
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
70
77.8
81
91.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63
70.4
60
67.5
2017 For Honor
84
93.9
81
90.0
2017 Project CARS 2
59
66.5
57
63.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
68
76.0
69
77.2
2016 Dishonored 2
43
48.5
41
46.5
2015 Rocket League
246
273.8
236
262.5
2015 Need For Speed
68
75.9
65
72.7
2015 Project CARS
65
72.7
62
69.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
114
127.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
169
187.8
162
180.0
2009 League of Legends
316
352.0
303
337.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.5
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.3
40
51.0
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.9
20
26.2
2019 World War Z
36
45.5
49
62.0
2019 Gears of War 5
28
35.6
28
35.6
2019 F1 2019
34
43.6
34
43.6
2019 GreedFall
32
40.1
32
40.1
2019 Borderlands 3
21
27.4
21
27.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
32
40.2
42
53.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19
24.3
20
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
27
34.2
32
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
23
29.1
28
35.0
2018 Fallout 76
39
49.6
50
63.0
2018 Just Cause 4
30
37.6
28
36.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
30
38.4
29
36.7
2018 Strange Brigade
44
55.1
44
55.1
2018 Battlefield V
37
47.0
36
46.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
28
35.0
24
31.0
2017 Destiny 2
53
66.6
62
78.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
40
50.9
38
48.7
2017 For Honor
43
54.8
42
52.5
2017 Project CARS 2
37
46.9
36
45.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58
72.7
55
69.7
2016 Dishonored 2
33
41.5
31
39.7
2015 Rocket League
93
117.3
90
112.5
2015 Need For Speed
46
58.7
44
56.2
2015 Project CARS
44
55.5
42
53.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
66
82.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
125
156.5
120
150.0
2009 League of Legends
156
195.6
150
187.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.6
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.6
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.3
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.8
17
25.1
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
11
16.5
2019 World War Z
18
26.2
24
35.7
2019 Gears of War 5
15
22.5
15
22.5
2019 F1 2019
19
27.8
19
27.8
2019 GreedFall
11
16.5
11
16.5
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.3
10
14.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
17
25.6
21
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
10
15.4
12
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
14
20.5
16
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
10
15.4
13
19.0
2018 Fallout 76
19
27.3
24
35.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.6
13
18.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
18.4
12
17.6
2018 Strange Brigade
21
30.0
21
30.0
2018 Battlefield V
17
24.8
20
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
14
20.5
16
24.0
2017 Destiny 2
23
33.3
27
39.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
24
35.2
23
33.7
2017 For Honor
19
27.3
18
26.2
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.1
26
37.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
42
61.0
40
58.5
2016 Dishonored 2
22
32.8
22
31.5
2015 Rocket League
38
54.8
36
52.5
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.1
26
37.5
2015 Project CARS
27
39.1
26
37.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
26
38.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
98
140.8
94
135.0
2009 League of Legends
54
78.2
52
75.0
GTX 1060 3GB vs RX 480 with i7-6700K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 3GB 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 3GB 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 3GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1060 3GB 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1060 3GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon RX 480 / i7-6700K

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.

GTX 1060 3GB vs RX 480 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
Length9.823 inches 250 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W150 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
Boost Clock1708 MHz1266 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1120 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective 2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Arctic Islands (RX 400)
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateAug 18th, 2016Jun 29th, 2016

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.26
Vulkan1.1.961.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
ArchitecturePascalGCN 4.0
Die Size200 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameGP106Ellesmere
Process Size16 nm14 nm
Transistors4,400 million5,700 million

Memory

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s 256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size30728192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
ROPs4832
Shading Units11522304
TMUs72144

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 3GB RX 480
FP16 (half) performance61.49 GFLOPS (1:64)5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance3,935 GFLOPS 5,834 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate81.98 GPixel/s 40.51 GPixel/s
Texture Rate123.0 GTexel/s 182.3 GTexel/s

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