NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon RX 480

GTX 1060 RX 480 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 199 $ 265 66 (28%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C C
Max Fan Noise 47dB 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 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 71 FPS 62 FPS 9 (14%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 47 FPS 3.6 (7%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 27 FPS 1.6 (6%)
Memory 6 GB 8 GB 2 (29%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 76/100 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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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34
33
2018 Battlefield V
68
65
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
73
84
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
57
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
47
54
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
50
47
2017 Destiny 2
82
91

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
26
2018 Battlefield V
50
46
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42
53
2018 Fallout 76
52
63
2018 Final Fantasy XV
36
40
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31
35
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
37
31
2017 Destiny 2
70
78

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
16
18
2018 Battlefield V
26
29
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
27
30
2018 Fallout 76
29
35
2018 Final Fantasy XV
22
24
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
19
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
22
24
2017 Destiny 2
35
39

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K

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. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core 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. View Current Price List

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