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 5: Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity, running on Oxide’s custom Nitrous engine, was an early standard-bearer for DirectX 12. Many months later it’s still the premier game for seeing what next-gen graphics technologies have to offer. (It’s a fun real-time strategy game, too!) The performance gains it offers with DX12 over DX11 are eye-opening—especially when running on Radeon cards.

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The EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming’s average frame rate drops when you activate DirectX 12, especially at the high-end Crazy graphics preset (and likely because of its limited memory). Conversely, the average frame rate for Radeon cards skyrockets—though its DX11 results are downright poor at best.

That said, when you look solely at the peak performance for comparable cards—DX11 for the GTX 1060 3GB, and DX12 for the Radeon RX 470—then the GeForce offerings actually come out very slightly ahead, in a way you’d never be able to actually see on-screen.

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At a Glance
  • $306.26 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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