We recently compared the RX 580 and GTX 1060 at 9 Gbps in 27 PC games. Although we saw similar results for both cards on both sides, the RX 580 seemed somewhat superior between its 2.5% performance advantage (especially on modern titles). Better low-level API numbers and cheaper MSRP. To move the hornet nest further, we are back with even more benchmarks than before, this time with the Radeon RX 570 against the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB.
Assuming availability isn't an issue, the RX 570 should be available for $ 170, which would make it more affordable than the $ 3 200 GB GTX 1060. Currently, more than a month after the RX 570 was released, cards are still selling over $ 200 and availability is poor at best, but that should improve at some point. At the time of writing, it is easier and cheaper to buy a 3GB GTX 1060 – there are beautiful models that sell for $ 180 as an example.
All in all, which of these mid-range GPUs makes the most sense to buy?
To answer this question, we have the benchmark results of 29 PC games that were tested at 1080p and 1440p on our Intel Core i7-7700K test system (clocked at 4.9 GHz). Note that we will focus on the 1080p resolution as this is the most relevant for players looking for this caliber of graphics cards.
As a representative of the green team, we have MSI's GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G, while the red team is represented by Gigabyte's Aorus brand RX 570 4G. MSI applied a 4% factory overclock to the card, while Gigabyte did a 3% overclock.
Then on to the benchmarks …
Test system specifications and memory
We start with an oldie, although we tested with the updated HD client. Quite a few of you seem to enjoy playing World of Tanks, so I've started to include it in many of my tests. The game seems to prefer Nvidia hardware, since 1060 was 8% faster, although both cards averaged over 100 fps, so not particularly important.
However, the advantage of the green team is becoming more important for players with higher resolutions.
Like World of Tanks, we think Grand Theft Auto V is another game that Nvidia prefers, quite strong, I might add. The 1060 offered 22% more frames at 1080p and in fact its minimum was larger than the RX 570 average.
The Witcher 3 is the last title I tested with before 2016, and it's another game that favors the GTX 1060 over the RX 570, this time a 9% lead. Still, I'm testing this game with HairWorks enabled.
Next up is Rise of the Tomb Raider and at 1080p the RX 570 is a fraction faster than the 1060 when you compare the average frame rate, but at least a mile ahead. While the 1060 dropped to 31 fps, the Radeon hit a low of just 41 fps, impressive stuff for the red team, as this is a title sponsored by Nvidia.
At 1080p in Ashes of the Singularity, we see an average of 53 fps from both GPUs, although the 1060 achieved a slightly better minimum result. Playing at 1440p weighs heavily in favor of the RX 570.