NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card Review

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by Rob Williams on July 19, 2016 in Graphics & Displays

What do we have here? Could it really be another GPU launch? You bet! With NVIDIA having taken care of the high-end with its GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the time was apparently right to release its mainstream GTX 1060 – coincidentally so soon after AMD launched its RX 480! Let’s see how the two cards compare.

Tests: The Witcher 3 & Total War: ATTILA

Since the original The Witcher title came out in 2007, the series has become one of the best RPGs going. Each one of the titles in the series offers deep gameplay, amazing locales, and comprehensive lore. Wild Hunt, the series’ third game, also happens to be one of the best-looking games out there and requires a beefy PC to take great advantage of.

Testing: Our saved game starts us just outside Hierarch Square, where we begin a manual runthrough (literally – the run button is held down as much as possible) through and around the town, to wind up back at a bridge near a watermill (pictured below). The entire runthrough takes about 90 seconds. Please note that while ‘Ultra’ detail is used, NVIDIA’s HairWorks is not.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (2560x1440)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (1920x1080)

Up to this point, the GTX 1060 has convincingly beat out the RX 480, but with Wild Hunt, both cards perform much closer to one another. At 1080p, both cards will deliver over 60 FPS (at Ultra, no less!), while at 1440p, the GTX 1060 edged out the RX 480 by 3 FPS to settle at 50.

Total War: ATTILA

For strategy fans, the Total War series needs no introduction. ATTILA is the latest in the series, which will remain true for only the next week, as Warhammer is due to launch. Thankfully, any recent Total War game is suitable for benchmarking, and our results are going to prove that.

Testing: ATTILA includes a built-in benchmark, so again, I’ve decided to use that. However, as I do with Metro, I stick to Fraps for framerate capturing as the game’s results page isn’t too convenient.

Total War ATTILA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Total War ATTILA (2560x1440)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - Total War ATTILA (1920x1080)

To help wrap things up, ATTILA is here to tell us the same thing we’ve been seeing this entire time: the GTX 1060 is a handful of frames faster than the RX 480.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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