EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gam­ing $226

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SO, WHERE IS AMD in all of this? The sad re­al­ity is that AMD isn’t pro­vid­ing any com­pet­i­tive so­lu­tions at any of the right price points. Vega’s lack of avail­abil­ity and sub-par per­for­mance has left the up­per ech­e­lons empty, while the midrange and bud­get so­lu­tions suf­fer from cryp­tocur­rency fever. Un­less you ab­so­lutely can­not live with­out FreeSync, there is no jus­ti­fi­able rea­son to run with an AMD card, ei­ther as an up­grade or in a fresh build.

At the bud­get end, there’s only one choice: the GTX 1060 3GB. We’ve rec­om­mended it all year, and for good rea­son: It’s at the price and per­for­mance sweet spot, even up against Nvidia’s own GTX 1050 Ti. Look at the fig­ures—for $40 more, you get a card that’s 50 per­cent faster than the next step down, gives the GTX 980 a run for its money, and mas­ti­cates 1080p. Be­cause Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti is so unattrac­tive, seem­ingly noth­ing more than a die shrink, and spec for spec al­most iden­ti­cal to the 950, the 1060 3GB is in­cred­i­bly ap­peal­ing.

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