Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)

Room to ex­pand.

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Creep­ing up to around $400 will net you a card that can do 1080p with ab­so­lutely all the bells and whis­tles turned on and cranked up, and also of­fer some breath­ing room to keep that up in any fu­ture ti­tles that prove to be a bit more de­mand­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, if you’re us­ing a higher-def­i­ni­tion 1440p screen or a 27-inch ul­tra­w­ide, spend­ing this much on a GPU should gen­er­ally let you play at High de­tail set­tings.

In this space, you’ve ba­si­cally got two $400 cards go­ing head to head — the Radeon RX 580 with 4GB of mem­ory, and the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM. While there’s also an 8GB ver­sion of the RX 580, it doesn’t ac­tu­ally com­pli­cate things: at $450–$480, it’s 10–20% more ex­pen­sive, but in most cur­rent games, it doesn’t im­prove fram­er­ates more than a per­cent or two over the 4GB edi­tion. In other words, paired with this mid-range GPU, dou­bling the mem­ory is not quite worth the ex­tra $30.

Com­ing back to that main con­test, then, it’s of­ten a very close com­pe­ti­tion, but the 1060 pulled ahead enough to crack a slight lead across our 15-game suite at 1080p. They were ba­si­cally even at 1440p, and at 4K, the RX 580 was ac­tu­ally 2% faster — but nei­ther card can ac­tu­ally produce playable fram­er­ates at that high a res­o­lu­tion set­ting.

Don’t count on get­ting too much of AMD’s his­tor­i­cal ‘speed in­creases via driver up­dates’ ei­ther — like the RX 570 on the pre­vi­ous page, the 580 is re­ally a tweaked RX 480 in dis­guise.

While the 4GB RX 580 de­liv­ers OK value, it’s been slightly out­com­peted by the GTX 1060 at this price.


Gets its nose ahead of AMD’s Radeon RX 580 in the race for the crown.


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