NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon RX 480

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
GTX 1060 RX 480 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 184.0 $ 237.0 53 (29%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C C
Max Fan Noise 47.1dB dB
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 69.5 FPS 61.5 FPS 8 (12%)
Average 1440p Performance 49.9 FPS 46.0 FPS 3.9 (8%)
Average 4K Performance 29.5 FPS 28.6 FPS 0.9 (3%)
Memory 6 GB 8 GB 2 (33%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.7 $ 6.5 2.8 (76%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.1 $ 8.7 3.6 (71%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.6 $ 14.0 5.4 (63%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 81/100 1 (1%)
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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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
63.0
63.0
2019 Anthem
40.6
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
59.5
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
78.8
75.8
2019 Metro Exodus
35.1
33.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
72.9
84.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34.0
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51.3
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
46.8
54.0
2018 Just Cause 4
53.6
48.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
57.7
52.5
2018 Battlefield V
68.4
65.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
49.5
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
81.9
91.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
74.2
67.5
2017 For Honor
98.9
90.0
2017 Project CARS 2
70.0
63.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
84.9
77.2
2016 Dishonored 2
51.1
46.5
2015 Rocket League
288.4
262.5
2015 Need For Speed
79.9
72.7
2015 Project CARS
76.6
69.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
197.8
180.0
2009 League of Legends
370.8
337.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
46.9
46.9
2019 Anthem
32.2
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
46.2
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
53.0
51.0
2019 Metro Exodus
27.3
26.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42.3
53.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
25.6
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
36.0
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
30.6
35.0
2018 Fallout 76
52.2
63.0
2018 Just Cause 4
39.6
36.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
40.4
36.7
2018 Battlefield V
49.5
46.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
36.9
31.0
2017 Destiny 2
70.2
78.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
53.6
48.7
2017 For Honor
57.7
52.5
2017 Project CARS 2
49.4
45.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76.6
69.7
2016 Dishonored 2
43.7
39.7
2015 Rocket League
123.6
112.5
2015 Need For Speed
61.8
56.2
2015 Project CARS
58.5
53.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
164.8
150.0
2009 League of Legends
206.0
187.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28.0
28.0
2019 Anthem
17.5
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
24.5
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
26.1
25.1
2019 Metro Exodus
17.2
16.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
27.0
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
16.2
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
21.6
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16.2
19.0
2018 Fallout 76
28.8
35.0
2018 Just Cause 4
20.6
18.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
19.4
17.6
2018 Battlefield V
26.1
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
21.6
24.0
2017 Destiny 2
35.1
39.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
37.1
33.7
2017 For Honor
28.8
26.2
2017 Project CARS 2
41.2
37.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
64.3
58.5
2016 Dishonored 2
34.6
31.5
2015 Rocket League
57.7
52.5
2015 Need For Speed
41.2
37.5
2015 Project CARS
41.2
37.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
148.3
135.0
2009 League of Legends
82.4
75.0

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.

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.

GTX 1060 vs RX 480 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 RX 480
Board NumberPG410 SKU 30C940, D009-01
Length9.823 inches 250 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W150 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 RX 480
Boost Clock1709 MHz1266 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1120 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 RX 480
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Arctic Islands (RX 400)
Launch Price299 USD229 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Jun 29th, 2016

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 RX 480
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.16
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 RX 480
ArchitecturePascalGCN 4.0
Die Size314 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameGP106Ellesmere
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1Polaris 10 XT (215-0876184)
Process Size16 nm14 nm
Transistors7,200 million5,700 million

Memory

GTX 1060 RX 480
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size6144 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 RX 480
ROPs4832
Shading Units12802304
TMUs80144

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 RX 480
FP16 (half) performance68.36 GFLOPS (1:64)5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS5,834 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s40.51 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s182.3 GTexel/s

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