GeForce GTX 1060 review: Nvidia battles AMD for PC gaming's next-gen sweet spot

The first head-to-head battle in the next-generation graphics card war is here.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Let’s take a look a Green-leaning game now. Rise of the Tomb Raider favors GeForce cards, and favors them heavily. It’s also the single most drop-dead gorgeous PC game I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

We didn’t test the game’s DirectX 12 mode, which can produce some bizarre results. The integration’s starting to shape up nicely, though, and we’re likely to add RoTR’s DX12 performance to our suite soon.

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No surprise: The GTX 1060 comes in firmly ahead of the RX 480 and trounces the older $200 cards by a massive amount. The GTX 980 claims a clear victory over both, though.

Next page: Far Cry Primal

At a Glance
  • Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 offers no-compromises 1080p gaming and supreme power efficiency for an affordable price.

    Pros

    • No compromises 1080p gaming performance
    • Extremely power efficient and cool
    • Can run virtual reality experiences

    Cons

    • No SLI connector
    • More expensive than AMD's Radeon RX 480, but similar performance
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