Many of you who want to spend $ 230 to $ 280 on a new graphics card have asked if that money is better for a Radeon RX 580 or GeForce GTX 1060. Hoping to answer this question, we're back in hand with multiple versions of both cards along with the results of 27 PC game benchmarks ran at 1080p and 1440p.
The exact test models included the EVGA GTX 1060 FTW + and MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X + as well as the MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8G and Aorus RX 580 Xtreme Edition.
It is noteworthy that the EVGA FTW + is aggressively clocked at the factory with a base clock of 1632 MHz, while the MSI Gaming X + is clocked at 1569 MHz, which may make it 4% slower. However, the MSI GTX 1060 has 9% Gbit / s GDDR5 memory, which is clocked by 12% higher. So it will be interesting to see what difference this makes when comparing the cards.
In total, we have carried out more than 600 benchmarks and will look at over 430 individual results. We've done all of the testing on a Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K machine overclocked to 4.9 GHz, although I'm sure many of you will be asking about Ryzen results, so this will soon be in the works.
First, let's look at the numbers we've collected so far …
Test system specifications and memory
We previously found that the RX 480 system consumed about 10% more power than the same machine configured with the GTX 1060. Here we see an 11% increase.
That jumps another 10% when you look at the total system consumption of the RX 580 at 344 watts, which means that the total system consumption of the Aorus RX 580 is 22% higher than that of the EVGA FTW +.
For a system with 7700K at 4.9 GHz, the RX 580 hardly seems to be power-hungry, although the maximum total consumption is still well below 400 watts, although the GTX 1060 is clearly the better option for everyone looking for maximum efficiency.
GTA V, The Witcher, Tomb Raider, AotS
We started with the oldest game in this article, and as you can see, the green team seems to prefer it. If we look at the 1440p results, we see that the GTX 1060 was 17% faster than the RX 480, while the new RX 580 only increased AMD's performance by 4% here – still 14% slower than the original GTX 1060.
This is another title where the green team has a little edge, and yes, with HairWorks enabled, we tested what gives Nvidia an edge – not enough to protest in the comments, I hope, but somehow there is likely to be already some, as I write;].
As you can see, the RX 580 was 6% faster than the RX 480, which meant that it was still 6% slower than the GTX 1060, both of which delivered the same average of 53 fps.
We also can't be too far from another Tomb Raider game. Rumor has it that the game will only be developed while driving on public transport, and Crytek is likely to follow the development of Crysis 4.
We know that Rise of the Tomb Raider was developed in collaboration with the green team, but over time AMD has been able to optimize its hardware quite well for this title. As a result, the RX 480 is only a few frames behind the GTX 1060, while the RX 580 can keep up with the new high-speed memory version.
There are currently more people playing Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 on Steam than Ashes of the Singularity, which is probably why the game has been given the title "Ashes of the Benchmark". There may be more people rating the game at the moment than actually playing it.
In my opinion, the game is one of the best examples of a well-composed DX12 title, although it is much more useful than GPUs for testing CPUs. The RX 580 has a slight performance advantage over the GTX 1060, but margins are barely significant for a DX12 title.