GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 

GPUBoss recommends the MSI GeForce GTX 1060  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 480

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 480

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Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s Around 35% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 8,192 MB vs 6,144 MB Around 35% more memory
Better floating-point performance 5,834 GFLOPS vs 3,953 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 182.3 GTexel/s vs 123.5 GTexel/s Around 50% higher texture rate
More shading units 2,304 vs 1,280 1024 more shading units
More texture mapping units 144 vs 80 64 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

Reasons to consider the
MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,120 MHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 40.5 GPixel/s Around 85% higher pixel rate
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,266 MHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,049 vs 4,411 Around 15% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 120W vs 150W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs GeForce GTX 1060

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
610.38 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
580.15 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.48 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
158.52 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
2,101.97 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.39 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
836.72 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
981.4 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
10.67 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.82 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
117.35 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
27.13 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,357.02

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,715.27
GeForce GTX 1060
3,717.08

Comments

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rx 480 wins almost all categories Gpuboss: Hmm... but we recommend NVIDIA!, because... REASONS!
well for example i got 7950 3gb and my friend 770 2gb has to play to low setting since hes running out of vram
I'm very happy with my MSI RX 480 8g :)
The comments on anything AMD vs Nvidia have to be the least helpful spews of garbage ever to be read on the internet. It's almost entertaining.
erm, is anyone on here actually going to have a go at some constructive comparison of these two cards or are you just happy with your nVidia vs AMD religious dogma ? I've always bought nVidia, prolly just out of habit but I thought I'd take a look at the nearest AMD for comparison. The benchmarks seem to be shared between the two so wondered if anyone on the comments could actually illuminate me . . no, unfortunately. I'll probably go with the 1060 partly out of habit and partly because it draws a few less amps and I'd like to avoid buying a new PSU. Anybody think I'm making a big mistake ??
First, yes Pascal Is a very good architecture will great improvements over the last generation. Second, of course an AMD card will fall behind in a Nvidia optimized game. Just like an Nvidia card will fall behind in an AMD optimized game. The new AMD Vega cards may guzzle power, they may be very efficient. They could be a flop across the board, and they could also wipe the floor with the Nvidia chips. A new architecture cannot be labeled as anything based on it's predecessor's performance or power draw. Wait to validate or disprove your beliefs, and please for the sake of everyone everywhere, stop shit-posting. Thank you and truly have a very good day/week/year/life.
randomgaminghd said the same of nvidia, and now is 5 years.
Dude a 270 isn't handling shit up until 4k, what games are you playing at 1440p with that thing Half Life 2?
This comparison seems a bit.... flawed, probably intentionally. The 1060 is missing from several comparisons, and get repeatedly beaten, more often than the RX based on what's listed here. That should give the 480 the slight advantage, but it doesn't. I guess you have to appease your meal ticket from time to time. I mean, you wouldn't want them taking their money away from you, that'd be stupid.
for windows 10 RX480 best choice old windows versions ( 7 8 ...) Geforce 1060
When are they going to fix the pricing on this comparison? When are they going to fill in the missing data for the 1060? This is the first thing people see in Google search results comparing the two and the comparison is this messed up?
After reading the long discussion, I'm curious, what do you think of AMD CPUs now? Anyways, if you're (kinda) a geek like me about technology, I would love to suggest you check out the youtube channel AdoredTV. Compared to most reviewers out there, the youtuber gets much more technical and does analysis on hardwares on a wider perspective. Hope it really helps to put things into perspective.
"GPUBoss recommends the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 based on its noise and power." LOLOLOL???? Who is concerned about noise and power when they're gaming??? 4REELZ!!! This website is number crunching with horrible algorithms.... I'll stick to UserBenchmark and other reviews for valuable performance data.
im still using my powercolor hd 7950. i can play current graphic intensive AAA games at medium settings and get great frame rates.
I don't know why I came here looking for an honest comparison it's like CPU BOSS. This must be an old comparison because I own both of these cards and have tested both cards. My wife has the EVGA GTX 1060 card for her home entertainment pc with an FX 8350 CPU. In my rig I have the HIS HIS RX 480 IceQ X² Roaring Turbo 8GB with FX3850 CPU. I have to say these are both very capable GPU's and enjoy gaming with them both. I have to say I do not give a crap about brand! I give a crap about performance and price! I think most of us would agree on this point. When I purchased these cards the reviews were both good on each card and could not make my mind up so i thought I would buy one of each and find out which one was better for the dollar. If you asked me when I first got them I would have said the 1060 but not by much it was barely noticeable and I was only playing on 1080p. Now for Holiday's I got a 4K 60 inch tv and Radeon came out with there new drivers! That was it the 480 was doing a way better job with DX 12 and DX 11 and you can really notice the difference in higher resolutions. At 1080p I would have to say there is a 10% difference t6he 480 has over the 1060 in most tittles and even higher at 1440p It will be interesting to see if Nvidia will try to bring out a better version of the 1060 to compete better with the 480. But I must say the HIS version of the RX 480 has really Impressed me. Amd has no plans to change the 480 this coming up year is far as I know but it seams to be getting steadily better with driver improvement and in my opinion is more future proof than the 1060 leaving it in my mind the solid victor! hope this helps and I am not here to argue the point just giving my opinion Cheers everyone!
As long as it is not an evga card, I do not care if it is AMD or Nvidia. My first evga card died 2 days after warranty ran out, and the second 1 day after and fried the PCIE slot on my motherboard. I am sure others love them, but I will never buy another of their products
It handles anything you throw at it in 1440p too? I highly doubt that, I highly doubt you're able to run a lot of graphics intensive games at 1080p lol. Don't lie mate.
To bad to compare a basic architectur from factory, RX 480 vs gtx 1060 from a brand like MSI witch their job is to get the best of those architecture even without o.c.
We live in different realities. Give it 10 - 20 years you'll understand it.
I own stock in both Nvidia and AMD. I am a fanboy of the GPU industry not one specific manufacturer. Plebs pls.
he didn't say 7870 tho, he said r9 270 which is what he bought. total misrepresentation of reality.
Damn, I was hoping to read through the comments and find some useful information about comparisons with this card but it's just dumb fanboys arguing...
I'm not saying it's bad for them to showcase the best possible scenario for their new card, it's what I would expect from any company. You clearly misread or misunderstood, I didn't compare the 480 to a 1080, I compared it to a 1060, and inferred a similar performance delta between "Vega" and the 1080 as you see between the 480 and 1060(which shows the 1060 smacking the 480 around in some games, vice versa in other games, and similar performance in other). Unless you're referring to something else I've said throughout the 3 months I keep getting emails that drag me back to this abortion of a "tech" site.
It's Feb now, so you were 2 months off, but yes it was close enough to 5 years that a person should be attacked for their statement.
And in all that you hit the crux of the situation when reviewing AMD to Nvidia cards, which is those who write the software for games favor Nvidia. They will optimize to the Nvidia, so even if an AMD SHOULD be able to compete in various games, they tend to fall behind. Not a lot, but enough to where the typical consumer is going to be steered to the Nvidia. So maybe if the writers stuck with a tech such as DX11/DX12 or Vulcan and let the two companies do the drivers which can includes optimizations to particular games then AMD would compete just as well, or close enough. Moving away from games the AMD cards do well and DO compete. So, do you blame AMD for showcasing where they win? Nvidia doesn't? And how can you compare a $250 card to a $600 card? You can't compare the 480 to a 1080. It's one thing that AMD has to undersell Intel in the CPU world; I think it would be unfair for the consumers to think getting an AMD product always means better price/performance.
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