Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Review

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Vosgy

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Well with it's price point above the 480 and performance performance difference relatively matching the price difference seems like it will come down to what someone can afford at the time.
Guess I'll recommend either from now on.
Thanks for the review guys, pleasure as always :D
 

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I wonder: with Battlefield 4, why not add the Mantle-enabled rendering path? All existing tests show it to be pretty much equivalent to DX12, and future high-performance, low-latency titles are much more likely to make use of DX12, Vulkan etc. than DX11 or OpenGL...
On that review, as a matter of fact, you use pretty much only DX11 games and only one DX12 title; new API paths are available in Dota2, Talos Principle and Doom 2016... Why not include them, as a reference for the future of gaming, instead of only showing off DX11 games?
 

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You could have included in the value discussion the question about having 2 RX480 in Crossfire vs a single 1070, sort off denying a market place in value for the 1060.
I don't know what NVidia is thinking... their marketing campaign might be stronger than I understand and people will still buy the 1060, but value on it just don't make sense right now.
 

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Where are DX12 reviews? Hitman DX12? Time Spy? 1060 gets rekt in DX12. Nvidia biased review again, also project Cars? How is this even a benchmark, obviously gimped for Radeons.
 

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This review is kinda strange. You use Project Cars what is known of running so bad on AMD cards, yet there are no dx/vulkan 12 titles except AOTS. We already have Doom(Vulkan), and Total War+Hitman for dx12. This review is weirdly Nvidia biased. People who buy mid lvl cards are not going to change it for at least 2-3 years. And we will see more and more dx12/vulkan titles yet you only include dx11 games with mostly Nvidia support. Never gona read tomshardware ever again.
 

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Yes indeed. I read elsewhere on DX12 benchmarks GTX 1060 does not cope well against rx480. Also, why not DOOM?

Long story short, if you have Win7 and don't plan to upgrade for the next 2-3 years you have a solid reason to get a GTX 1060. The "plot changes" in favor of RX480 if you are going all forward with Win10.
 

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What I understood from this review is either get 1070 or 1080 or RX 480... the 1060 is a waste of money and time since you cant SLI so what you will get will be fixed and to get better gaming you will need to replace the whole GPU to one of the 3 top.

Honestly I expected something decent but seems they released a cheap GPU for NVidia fans rather than to compete with AMD performance and prices!
 

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Thank you for the review Chris! It was a pleasure to read high-quality writing with good English - my brain really thanks you! :)

I would also like to join others in their request for:
- including 2x RX480s in Crossfire (price-wise they are comparable to a 1070,)
- a benchmark using Doom's Vulkan rendering path, and
- results from the TimeSpy benchmark please.

Thank you again for a relaxing and informative read,
Andrew
 

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I'd say typical Nvidia cash grab.

A. Card is priced about $50 too high as review kind of indicates.
B. SLI is removed because Nvidia wants you to spend more $$$$$$$ on their higher priced cards. They dont want people trying to achieve playable 4k resolution without paying that Nvidia premium tax.

Right now if I was buying to play 1080-1440 I'd go AMD 480 all the way.
 

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I can't agree with the 1060 suffering in DX12 without seeing the proof, sorry. And I have enough faith in Chris to believe that he would have more integrity than to be dishonest.


I agree with you there. I imagine that Project Cars is an EXTREMELY niche title compared to the new Doom. If one wants to include a racing game, why not one of the Dirt Rally games?
I'll watch out for your next comment. ;-)


Source please, Myrmidonas? Edit: I found one (over at what I personally consider to be a usually Nvidia biased site, no less!): http://www.hardocp.com/article/2016/07/19/nvidia_geforce_gtx_1060_founders_edition_review/4

 

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>advertised as 120watt max but gets 130+ under stressed.
>no SLI bridge
>$250 for 3gb and 300 for the 6.
>not exactly better than RX480 or even the 980, more like comparable in performance
>small OC headroom, well RX 480 OC headroom was near non-existent too.

Any AIB's RX480 are much better value than this.
*reads AIB's 1060, 480 still much better value

...realizes people would still buy this.
 

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A very good mid-range card that beats the RX480 in every metric possible: heat, noise, power consumption, features, and performance. If you can afford a few dollars more, it's worth the extra cost.
 
Looks like from several reviews the GTX 1060 and RX480 are running about even. The GTX1060's max OC is 2~2.1Ghz but for an even test would require a custom RX480 which may release in the coming weeks. Big issue is no SLI vs the Rx480's know good crossfire results. The advantage the GTX 1060 has is lower stock power requirements.
 

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Looks like I'll be waiting for the RX 480 4 GB edition around $200... I'm gaming at 1080p, and just about any of the new generation cards seem to be able to handle that with max details. a 3rd party GTX 1060 at $250 vs. an RX 480 8 GB at (about) the same price point is probably a winner for the 1440p crowd. But the $300 FE is obviously off the table, especially with the after-market 1070s already available for slightly more.
 

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A pair of GTX1060 would set you back $500 or more. At that point, might as well go with a 1080 for $50-100 more and not have to worry about multi-GPU performance scaling and compatibility issues. If you drop the SLI motherboard, larger case, extra case cooling, etc., getting a single GTX1080 might be cheaper than getting a pair of GTX1060.
 


It is not supposed to compete with 200$ 4GB RX 480. For that we will have ~200$ 3GB pascal card whatever they will call it (1050, 1060 3GB).
GTX 1060 6GB supposed to compete with 8GB RX 480 and it does the job for now.
For me it looks like "RIP AMD"
 

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No DX12 or Vulkan tests? Disappointing for not calling it what I really think.

But IMO no matter if a mainstream product or not, a customer buys a computer part expecting not to expend on the same part again at least for 2 years. And the lack of benchmarks in the APIs of tomorrow is sad.
 

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I agree, their is no need for SLI for low end card, thou I am surprised that my GTX 970 had a lower score than the 1060, I definitely will be looking into upgrading soon
 

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Most of the review I have read for the 1060 contains little to no Vulkan test, if this is going to be the future standard of graphics API along side DX12, then why not include it?
 
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