The GTX 1060 Founders Edition has arrived and also happens to be our first look at the 16nm FinFET GP106 silicon, the GTX 1080 and 1070 used GP104. This card features 10 SMs, 1280 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and 80 texture units, in many ways it is a half of a GTX 1080. The GPU is clocked at a base of 1506MHz with a boost of 1708MHz, the 6GB of VRAM at 8GHz. [H]ard|OCP took this card through its paces, contrasting it with the RX480 and the GTX 980 at resolutions of 1440p as well as the more common 1080p. As they do not use the frame rating tools which are the basis of our graphics testing of all cards, including the GTX 1060 of course, they included the new DOOM in their test suite. Read on to see how they felt the card compared to the competition … just don't expect to see a follow up article on SLI performance.
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 video card is launched today in the $249 and $299 price point for the Founders Edition. We will find out how it performs in comparison to AMD Radeon RX 480 in DOOM with the Vulkan API as well as DX12 and DX11 games. We'll also see how a GeForce GTX 980 compares in real world gaming."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- The NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- A quick look at Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 @ The Tech Report
- VIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition Review @ OCC
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition @ Tech ARP
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
- GeForce GTX 1060 @ Hardwareheaven
- Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition @ Kitguru
- MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6 GB @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Review – Enthusiast Gaming at a Mainstream Price @ HiTech Legion
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Offers Great Performance On Linux @ Phoronix
That was a fascinating review
That was a fascinating review on the part of [H]ard|OCP. As much vitriol as fans of AMD throw at them, their 1060 review was almost a case study in how to shine a light on another company’s product (namely the RX480) and lets the consumer make up their own mind, based on what’s important to them.
Do you want to play DX11 titles? Nvidia has got you covered.
Are you forward thinking and, presumably, hopeful there will be more to come in terms of DX12 and Vulkan games where the advantage thus far has clearly been on the side of AMD? Well, AMD would be a good bet, if you plan to keep the card for 18 months to 2 years.
As it stands, if you are the type who buys a new GPU every 9 to 12 months, I’d probably go with the 1060 if you can get one at the $249 price point. Otherwise, pick up an 8GB RX480 from one of the AIBs. The Strix cooler is very nice, regardless of whether or not it’s an AMD or Nvidia GPU under the heatpipes.
I had to check the web
I had to check the web address twice, I thought I was trolled.. no way this review came from hardocp 🙂
Also the thing to keep in mind, ALL rx 480 review have been done with card that uses a dinky small heatsink.
The rx 480 is really 15% + faster when custom cards gets out.
So the dx11 advantage of the 1060 might becompletly gone, and the dx12/vulkan gap will be massive.
Both card will be price the same ~$250… so I think we have a great matchup. The rx480 will be the faster card with 8GB, the 1060 he more efficient card with 6GB.
But I think the biggest volume will be at $150, RX 470 reference look like it will be the card of 2016 (most sold world wide)
I don’t doubt it, but don’t
I don’t doubt it, but don’t expect a lot of reviewers to go back and re-review the RX480 with the newer coolers. I see this happen a lot. Some will though (they’re not all bad,) and some will and still compare Nvidia to the AMD reference design.
The single biggest issue to me for reviews is the “reviewer guides” these reviewers are receiving. I don’t know what’s in them, but if you look at enough traditional as well as “YouTube” reviews, there’s a common thread of only showing OC results for the card being reviewed, ignoring OC results for prior generation cards (or even the competition in some cases.) I don’t think it’s a hard and fast rule, but to me it’s almost as if the “reviewers guide” is a recommendation some don’t want to sway too far from. Perhaps the fear is if they ruffle feathers, they won’t be on the sample list for the next product review. Hard to say but, the clues are there.
The “reviewer guides” mean
The “reviewer guides” mean you tow the company’s marketing line and spin things the company’s way or you will have problems getting any future review samples. The whole review industry is a prime example of a conflict of interest in product promotion and product reviews not so abused since the early days of radio and before there even was an FCC or an FTC to protect consumers from marketing’s excesses.
That last round of review sample controversy should have brought down the government watch dogs, but it just shows how much more corrupt the county has become even with these agencies there and the laws/regulations on the books. In the early days of radio there was not even the legal/regulatory framework to be able to stop the abuses, but they found a way to create the FCC/Other agencies, but now things are so much more corrupt with the politicians so dependent on campaign donations that all the watch dog agencies are kept on short leash. It’s more than just the “reviewer guides” it’s the review websites getting ad revenues, and review samples, form the very companies of the products these websites are supposed to be objectively reviewing!
The fix is in on the internet review business with no oversight or enforcement of and objectivity that is beyond reproach.
edit: of and objectivity
edit: of and objectivity
to: of any objectivity
Have you actually READ the
Have you actually READ the reviewer’s guides (e.g.: http://videocardz.com/62138/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-reviewers-guide-leaked )? They’re just the card specs, architecture marketing copy, along with some canned benchmarks (which everyone who has run their own benchmarks ignores). The only testing advice is the basic common-sense variety: don’t test noise in a noisy environment and after 10-15 minutes to allow for equilibrium, test heat load and pwoer draw in games rather than Furmark, etc. There aren’t any ‘secret setting combinations’ to test with listed, no talking pijnts to include (unless the reviewer is too lazy to copy & paste without attribution), etc.
Hari Seldon? Really? An
Hari Seldon? Really? An Asimov link?
Fouders Edition == Foundation I’m guessing?
I was wondering if anyone
I was wondering if anyone else caught that reference. Great series of books. Recommended.
You got it!
You got it!
Use this GPU to do some
Use this GPU to do some psycohistory mining
I wonder how Hari Seldon’s
I wonder how Hari Seldon’s psychohistorians would have analyzed some of M$’s EULAs(win 10’s EULA especially) or a certain GPU company’s marketing/benchmarking “review manual” for true intents the same way that Hari Seldon’s foundation way out at the edge of the galactic rim had analyzed the galactic empire’s true intents in the foundations first great crisis as the galactic empire receded into decay towards the galactic core.
M$ and Nvidia, are very much like the declining empire and we know that the empire was never really backing up the foundation. Just look at the foundation’s first great crisis with the Anacreonian Empire! The empire representative’s statements were analyzed by the foundations best minds and the empire representative’s words/letters/official statments where analyzed using symbolic logic to equate to nothing at all towards the support/protection of the foundation from the empire, with the declining galactic empire really all along never intending to support the foundation at all in the foundations conflict with the Anacreonian Empire.
I’d love to see a step by step analysis of M$’s EULA for windows 10, but I am fairly certain that the end user has no rights with regards to windows 10’s EULA. And Nvidia’s “Review Manual” is probably filled with as much subterfuge and nefarious spin as to be written by Prince Regent Wienis himself, such an egregious Fool!
It’s really a bit of irony to even mention Nvidia’s name in that same sentence at Hari Seldon’s and his Foundation, that foundation would not take lightly any association with Nvidia.
This might be HUGE or just
This might be HUGE or just nothing… but it seem nvidia is cheating big time to get better frame time.
A guy doing a vulkan / Doom review didn’t understand why he prefer the look of the RX 480 VS a GTX 1060… even so both run had identical settings.
Well it seem nvidia driver doesn’t upload the full res texture, or some code in ID engine is not not uploading texture at full res.
By that I mean on the GTX 1060, the texture seem to be stream progressively over time.
This can help dramatically reduce stutter or spike in frame rendering time. But the cost is, you get a low res texture untill hiher res mipmaps are on the cards.
in contrast it seem no trick is happening on the RX 480. texture are full res, always.
So… Who call Shenanigan on nvidia or just bullshit ?
After reading reviews, I am
After reading reviews, I am curious if a fan-less (heat sink only) version of the 1060 might be released by a partner manufacturer later.
It certainly seems possible…