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 3: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Whereas Hitman adores Radeon GPUs, Rise of the Tomb Raider performs much better on GeForce cards. It’s also the single most drop-dead gorgeous PC game I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We only tested the game’s DirectX 11 mode.

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The shaved-down SMPs create a sizeable performance difference between the two GTX 1060 models here. The EVGA GTX 1060 3GB nevertheless opens a sizeable lead over the RX 470, and even manages to outpunch the 8GB Radeon RX 480 when you reduce the graphics options to High—at least in raw frames per second.

The minimum frame times tell a different story when you bump things up to Very High settings. Rise of the Tomb Raider warns that the game needs 4GB+ of memory when you do so, and indeed, the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming saw minimum frame rates plunge to sub-10fps rates at the highest detail settings. That’s probably why the card fails to topple the Radeon RX 480—or the older GTX 970—at Very High.

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At a Glance
  • $319.50 MSRP $199.99
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    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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