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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 8GB GeForce GTX 1060
Mass Effect Andromeda 6% 9%
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands 2% 5%
NieR: Automata 33% 35%
Watch Dogs 2 20% 23%
Grand Theft Auto VI 13% 9%
Take On Mars 69% 70%
For Honor 35% 37%
Resident Evil 7 39% 42%
Assassins Creed Empire 20% 23%
Star Citizen 7% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a 386 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480, but the RX 480 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1060. As a result, the RX 480 exhibits a 40.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1060. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a 386 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. This results in the GeForce GTX 1060 providing 36.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 1060 was released less than a year after the RX 480, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The RX 480 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 1060, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 480 has 63.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1060, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is much better than the GeForce GTX 1060.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 is 2953. The GeForce GTX 1060 having 36 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the RX 480 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 2 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 1060. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 1060.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1060 requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1060. The RX 480 requires 30 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1060 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RX 480 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs1506 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs1709 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTPascal P106-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2016vs19 Jul 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs2002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs192.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 100% green tick vs 87%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs80
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs120.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs48
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs72.3 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
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Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

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The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 8GB can be almost 10% Faster than GeForce GTX 970 at 4K. However, Radeon R9 390X is still slightly faster, overall.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect its performance to be between Radeonn R9 290 and Radeon R9 290X.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1060 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU amd has 10 SM activated, offering 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1709MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate that GeForce GTX 1060 offers Performance around the Level of GeForce GTX 980. As such, GeForce GTX 1060 is almost twice as fast as GeForce GTX 960 and even AMD's Radeon RX 480 is beaten in over 5%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-980X 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Xeon E5-4640
Intel Xeon E5-4640
AMD Opteron 6276
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v3
AMD FX-9590
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