NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 480

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
AMD Radeon RX 480

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
41.65
 
54.11
Architecture
Pascal
 
Polaris
Code name
GP106
 
Polaris 10 Ellesmere
GCN generation
no data
 
4th Gen
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
no data
 
reference
Release date
19 July 2016
 
29 June 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
$229
Price now
$270
 
$199

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
2304
Compute units
no data
 
36
Core clock speed
1506 MHz
 
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1708 MHz
 
1266 MHz
Transistor count
4,400 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
150 Watt
Texture fill rate
136.7 GTexel / s
 
182.3 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,375 gflops
 
5,834 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
n / a
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
250 mm
 
241 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
1x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6.144 MB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
2.0
DisplayPort support
-
 
1.4HDR
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
-
 
n / a
CrossFire
-
 
+
Enduro
-
 
n / a
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
HD3D
-
 
n / a
LiquidVR
-
 
+
PowerTune
-
 
+
TressFX
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
n / a
ZeroCore
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
no data
G-SYNC
+
 
no data
Multi-Projection
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
+
 
no data
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
no data
 
+
HDMI 2.0b
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
no data
 
2.0
Vulkan
+
 
+
Mantle
-
 
n / a

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 42.08 +4.4%
RX 480 40.29

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 235179
RX 480 383333 +63%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 76477 +5.9%
RX 480 72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1060 6 GB 11039 +6.9%
RX 480 10329

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1060 6 GB 12816 +5.2%
RX 480 12186

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 17288
RX 480 17919 +3.6%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 43717 +10.5%
RX 480 39552

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 1060 6 GB 9091 +6787.1%
RX 480 132

Passmark

GTX 1060 6 GB 8873 +3.5%
RX 480 8573

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
610 Mh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
27 Mh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
270 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

4.4% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (120 vs 150 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 480

Cheaper ($229 vs $299)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (2304 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 192.2 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 16 nm)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0b
AMD FreeSync
CrossFireBridgeless
EyefinitySupport
CrossfireX
FRTC
FreeSync
LiquidVR
PowerTuneMenu
TressFX
ZeroCoreMenu
UVDMenu
VCEMenu

So, GTX 1060 6 GB or RX 480?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and AMD Radeon RX 480. The differences in performance seem too small.
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