We take GIGABYTE’s Radeon RX 480 G1 GAMING video card and pit it against a MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X video card in today’s evaluation. We will overclock both video cards as high as possible and compare performance and find out what both video cards have to offer in the upper $200 price range for gaming.


Competition is great, we want competition amongst GPUs. With today’s latest generations this is currently a one sided argument on the high-end. Simply, AMD doesn’t have competition for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1080, as we have found out in several evaluations recently [here], [here], [here], and [here].

However, on the other end of the spectrum AMD is catching up quite quickly and providing incredible competition in the desktop gaming arena. Keep in mind, in the VR gaming arena, results might be very different however. So if you are buying a card for both desktop and VR gaming, you will want to do some more reading.

Our recent evaluation between the AMD Radeon RX 470 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has proven that. There is another area of competition that is also very heated, and fierce. The upper $200 range has the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB competing with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

In today’s evaluation we are going to evaluate the first two custom retail video cards based with these two GPUs to grace our test bench. Up until now, we have only evaluated the reference video cards. With custom hardware, custom cooling, clock speeds and potential for overclocking the two video card we have to pit against each other will be a great comparison.

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AMD Radeon RX 480

Let’s just go back a little bit and remind ourselves what make up each GPU in terms of pricing and specifications before we look at each video card individually. AMD has the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB which was launched on June 29th, 2016. The AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB has an MSRP of $239. In reality, street pricing has been around $249 or higher for the 8GB model, but you can find different models all up and down the pricing spectrum, so look for something that fits your budget.

The AMD Radeon RX 480 is based on AMD’s Polaris 14nm FinFET architecture. The AMD Radeon RX 480 consists of 2304 Stream Processors, 32 ROPs and 144 Texture Units. It runs at a clock speed of 1266MHz and has 4 or 8GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz on a 256-bit bus with 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The rated TDP is 150W and does require a 6-pin power connector.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB video card is the direct competition for the AMD Radeon RX 480. The GeForce GTX 1060 launched on July 19th, 2016. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition has an MSRP of $299. However, NVIDIA stated that custom video cards from add-in-board partners would start at a lower $249 price point and street prices reflect this, but you can find prices vary greatly from card to card. Therefore, it is add-in-board partner video card you will want to compare prices with in regards to the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB, not the Founders Edition. That is why today we will be comparing add-in-board partner custom retail video cards together which match on pricing.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is based on NVIDIA’s Pascal 16nm FinFET architecture. The GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA Cores, 48 ROPs and 80 Texture Units. The base clock runs at 1506MHz and the boost clock is at 1708MHz. Memory consists of 6GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz on a 192-bit memory interface for 192GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The TDP is 120W and it does require one 6-pin power connector.