Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3000MHz)
  • EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB, manually overclocked, supplied by EVGA
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB, manually overclocked, supplied by PowerColor.
  • Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs for each platform
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit (for both platforms)
  • Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • GeForce WHQL 372.70 was used for the EVGA GTX 1060 SC.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.  See control panel images below.
  • AMD Crimson Software 16.8.3 hotfix drivers were used for the benching the Red Devil RX 480.  See control panel image below.
  • VSync is off in the control panel.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • All results show average frame rates including minimum frame rates shown in italics on the chart next to the averages in smaller font.  Percentage differences are calculated between the average frame rates of the RX 480 and of the GTX 1060 SC.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our four DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • Sapphire TriXX overclocking utility
  • EVGA’s Precision XOC, reviewer’s version 6.
  • The 25 PC Game benchmark suite & 2 synthetic tests


  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
DX11* Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • ProjectCARS
  • the Witcher 3
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Mad Max
  • Fallout 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided

DX12 Games

  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer

Nvidia Control Panel settings:


AMD Crimson Control Center Settings:

Crimson CP - system drivers Global-1

Calculating Percentages

There are two methods of calculating percentages.  One is the “Percentage Difference” that we are using to compare the GTX 1060 SC versus the Red Devil RX 480, and the other is “Percentage Change” which we use to show the improvements of an overclocked card versus stock performance.

For the percentage difference used in this comparison of the frame rates of the RX 480 versus the GTX 1060 SC, we are simply dividing the difference between the two results by the average of the two numbers.  This is usually expressed algebraically where “V” equals value:  ( | V1 – V2 | / ((V1 + V2)/2) ) * 100

Let’s head to the performance charts to primarily see how the overclocked-to-the-max EVGA GTX 1060 SC compares with the overclocked-to-the-max PowerColor Red Devil RX 480.



  1. I think one interesting talking point that the writer overlooks is the trendline for the performance gap. As we approach newer games, the margin between the cards (generally speaking) trends toward parity.

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