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 6: Synthetic benchmarks

We also tested the RX 470 and its rivals using 3DMark’s highly respected DX11 Fire Strike synthetic benchmark, which runs at 1080p, as well as its brand-new Time Spy benchmark, which tests DirectX 12 performance at 2560x1440 resolution.

1060 3gb fire strike
1060 3gb time spy

Everything falls about where you’d expect. The Radeon cards perform better in Time Spy’s DX12 test due to their dedicated asynchronous shader hardware.

Next page: Power and heat

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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