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

8.3

Overall Score

Winner
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 

GPUBoss recommends the MSI GeForce GTX 1060  based on its 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
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
609.98 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
579.92 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.55 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
159.38 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
2,140.31 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.39 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
834.73 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,202.3 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
10.64 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.74 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
121.16 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
113.77 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,356.26
GeForce GTX 1060
3,359.92

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,717.86
GeForce GTX 1060
3,718.68

Comments

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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.
AMD is releasing variations of RyZen from my understanding. The two main variations are either with or without a built in GPU, just like what Intel does, but maybe they can figure out a more organized way to do it so it's easier to figure out what's what. If you are talking strictly about GPUs, AMD needs to do some work to keep up with NVidia, just like they had to do to catch up with Intel. What do you mean by saying "totally useless to anyone not running a workstation"? I take it you're talking about the higher end RyZen? If that's the case I don't understand what you mean by workstation, because I've always heard that term used in business or in regards to PCs hooked up to a network. Any app that requires really good CPU performance, for which there are quite a few and considering more people are dealing with video editing and some 4K video AND it's an excellent gaming platform I'd say it has a lot of areas it can fill, including a spot in my living room next to the TV.
The latest info says that it should be better than the 1080. It is known that AMD has better DX 12 campatibility [Or so said(So i heard)]. But we cant talk about it right now. When the Vega comes aut then we will see the real numbers... BTW sorry about the CPU comment but so said i made a mistake. The CPU from AMD looks like a challenger for the Skylake, maybe the Kaby Lake, because the changes between the CPUs in the way of intel are really small, the difference some blogs says are 10% but in the way of AMD it should be 35%. I only write here what i heard or read so i dont know the real statistics.
The latest information shows that the new AMD card will be their 1080. It beats the 1080 in Doom by a wide enough margin that it compares to how the 480 beats the 1060 in Doom. AMD picked the best case scenario to show off, when the reality is that it will fall behind a 1080 in games that generally favor Nvidia cards. So I was actually wrong, I compared it to the 1080 Ti, which is probably giving it a little too much credit. Either way, can't wait for it to come out and either not be dog shit, or drop the 1080's in price. So I can get 2.
Broadwell? You mean Broadwell-E...there's a difference. Broadwell-E are WORKSTATION CPUs and provide no benefit(and even sometimes a hindrance) in basic computing tasks or gaming. Broadwell was almost entirely mobile CPUs and server CPUs, with 2 desktop CPUs that weren't even available for retail sale(plus the enthusiast line). And all of this is circa 2014...Skylake and Kaby Lake smack Broadwell around like a red headed step child(thanks to the low clock speeds of all Broadwell CPUs), and Broadwell-E is useless power to the vast majority of consumers. Will it be good to see a 6900K equivalent CPU released for $500 instead of $1000? Absolutely. But it will be totally useless to anybody not running a workstation...Never mind the fact that AMD is going to be very hard pressed to provide gaming performance similar to a G4560 for less than 70 bucks.
Nice to see people that have new information. The ZEN processors will be a equivalent to a Broadwell processors of the intel series. Good jump AMD really nice. But more cheaper.
AMD Vega bro... AMD Vega. Dont talk when you dont have the lattest information.
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