EVGA GTX 1060 3GB review: A compelling $200 graphics card with a questionable future

Nvidia's new 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060 goes toe-to-toe with the $200 Radeon RX 480—in theory.

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Test 2: Hitman

Hitman’s Glacier engine heavily favors AMD hardware. It’s no surprise; Hitman’s a flagship AMD Gaming Evolved title, complete with a DirectX 12 mode that was patched in after the game’s launch.

Important note: Hitman automatically caps the game’s Texture Quality, Shadow Maps, and Shadow Resolution at Medium on cards with less than 4GB of onboard memory, meaning the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB is limited to those settings out-of-the-box. We overrode the memory safeguard to run the benchmark with those features set to the highest possible setting, to match the legion of 4GB graphics cards we’re comparing against this new GeForce variant. That said, the benchmark didn’t exhibit excessive stuttering or any other frame rate concerns.

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As expected given the game’s hearty Radeon tendencies, both of the GTX 1060s are outpunched by the RX 480 and even the RX 470. The GTX 1060 3GB also loses a few scant frames in DX12 mode. That’s likely due to the limited memory, especially since the GTX 970 and its 4GB of RAM fails to see a similar dip moving from DX11 to DX12. DirectX 12 loves RAM.

That said, the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming still hovers around the 60-fps gold standard with all the graphical settings cranked at 1080p.

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At a Glance
  • EVGA's $200 GTX 1060 3GB Gaming would be a no-brainer over AMD's Radeon RX 470 if it had a bit more memory.

    Pros

    • High-quality 1080p gaming
    • Incredibly power efficient
    • Affordable and available

    Cons

    • 3GB of RAM isn't very future proof
    • Limited RAM already requires texture compromises in some games
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