Today we repeat a mid-range GPU battle between the Radeon RX 570 4 GB and the GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB. It's been a little over a year since we compared these two in a 28-game battle. So we thought it was time to take another look at it as GPU prices seem to be falling back to more reasonable prices.
Since the original comparison, we've received several driver and game updates, as well as some new games that we've added to the benchmark list. Of the 27 games we will be testing, only half a dozen were seen in last year's fight.
Last time the Radeon RX 570 was only 2% slower on average, so it was a very balanced fight. Currently, the RX 570 ~ $ 10 costs more than the 3 GB version of the GTX 1060 – although the reference cost is $ 170, while the GTX 1060 should cost around $ 200. Today, the 1060 starts at $ 230, while the 570 starts at $ 240. Like all graphics cards, they were cheaper a year ago.
The green team represents the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G and for the red team the MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X 4G. Although both models are pretty overclocked instantly, we will still get the last performance out of them with a custom overclock
The RX 570 Gaming X is clocked at 1281 MHz for the core and 1750 MHz for the GDDR5 memory. We were only able to increase the core clock to 1435 MHz, a core overclocking of 12%, and the memory to 1900 MHz, an overclocking of 9%.
The GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G has a base core clock of 1569 MHz for and 2002 MHz for the GDDR5 memory. We were able to reach 1770 MHz for the core, which resulted in a boost frequency of around 2150 MHz depending on the load. The memory also reached 2275 MHz, i.e. a 13% core overclocking and a 14% memory overclocking.
As previously mentioned, we have a total of 27 games, all tested at 1080p, using both the standard and overclocked configurations. As usual, our Corsair GPU test bench built in the Crystal Series 570X was used. Inside is an i7-8700K with 5 GHz and 32 GB DDR4-3200 memory. We are aware that this hardware configuration is overkill for these GPUs. However, this is about eliminating potential system bottlenecks that could mask GPU throughput. Now we come to the good things …
First we have the Battlefield 1 results and here the GTX 1060 was immediately 6% faster and 11% faster after overclocking. A clear win for Nvidia, but it has to be said that the RX 570 is still doing a show and delivering well over 60 fps at 1080p with the maximum settings for game quality.
Unfortunately, Nvidia still hasn't looked at its overwhelming Wreckfest performance, so AMD can brutally improve it as the RX 570 offers up to 47% more performance. More critical is that the RX 560 averaged 60 fps out of the box, while the GTX 1060 had 3 GB struggling to break the 40 fps barrier.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is another title that the red team really prefers. Here the RX 570 immediately beat the GTX 1060 by 36%, although Nvidia was able to reduce this to 27% in favor of the RX 570 as soon as both GPUs were overclocked.
Although Far Cry 5 is a title sponsored by AMD, we found little or no prejudice when it was released. Both the Radeon and GeForce GPUs showed the expected performance. Here we see that the GTX 1060 3 GB is slightly faster than the RX 570 and is 11% faster after overclocking.
Fortnite is based on the Unreal Engine 4 and therefore naturally tends to prefer hardware from the green team. Here we see that the GTX 1060 offers 15% more performance stocks and 17% more after overclocking. Note, however, that at 1080p we use the maximum in game quality settings and still see well over 60 fps with the RX 570.
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a newly released title that works well on both AMD and Nvidia hardware. However, the GTX 1060 3 GB offers a reasonable performance advantage as it delivers 11% more frames immediately and 16% more frames after overclocking. Nevertheless, there was no shortage of frames at 1080p with both GPUs.
AMD's ARMA 3 performance has improved out of sight over the past year. Although the RX 570 was slower than the GTX 1060 3 GB, it was immediately only 7% slower and delivered well over 60 fps at all times.
The last game we're going to watch is Warhammer Vermintide 2 and this is another title that works well with AMD hardware. Here the RX 570 spit out an average of 70 fps and was 13% faster than the GTX 1060 3GB.
When it comes to power consumption, the RX 570 sucks a little more than the GTX 1060. The disadvantage is that the chip is 16% larger, which is not surprising that the total system consumption increases by 19%. Even if we are overclocked, we only see a system consumption of 332 watts, including a Core i7-8700K that is clocked at 5 GHz. With a CPU at the lower end, it is therefore unlikely that the total system consumption will exceed 300 watts.
Now let's get a full picture of the results of all 27 games. By default, the GTX 1060 3 GB was 4% faster on average than the RX 570. Not a big margin, but it has grown a few percent since the last comparison, so the 3 GB 1060 is still fine 1080p.
The 1060 celebrated solid victories in GTA V, Warhammer II, Assassins Creed Origins and Battlefront II. Testing with Wreckfest and Rainbow Six Siege was less impressive.
After both graphics cards were overclocked, the GTX 1060 3 GB extended its lead to 8% and was now able to deliver significantly more performance and provide 20% more frames in 6 of the tested games. Losses on titles like Wreckfest and Rainbow Six Siege have also been reduced. So if you plan to manually overclock your graphics card, the GTX 1060 is very attractive. Since it uses less electricity, it also runs a bit cooler, although the temperatures vary considerably from model to model, so we won't go into this data here.
Which of these GPUs should you buy? Depending on the games you play, one model may be a better choice than the other. Overall, however, the experience was very similar in almost every title tested. The last time I said there was no right or wrong choice here, they are just too close to call it.
Nevertheless, for some reasons, I personally tend to the GTX 1060 3GB. Although I'm not happy with the 3 GB naming – it's not just a GTX 1060 with 6 GB and half the memory – there is no SM unit that reduces the CUDA core count from 1280 to 1152 – despite of the same name It actually has 10% fewer cores. That doesn't change the fact that the 3 GB 1060 is actually still a really inexpensive product.
Currently, the GeForce is also a little cheaper than the RX 570 and at the same time offers slightly better performance. So if I had to spend a little over $ 200 on a graphics card, I would get it now.
If you can afford to spend the extra $ 50 on the full 6GB model, you definitely do, but at 1080p there's no chance you'll see 20% more power, so in terms of at the cost per frame The 3 GB version offers much more value.
If you want to use adaptive synchronization technology at low cost, the RX 570 makes more sense because FreeSync is cheaper. However, experience varies from ad to ad. So make sure that you research there.