Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance summary charts 

Below is the summary chart of 25 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and it is usually DX11; DX12 is picked above DX11 where available.  Specific settings are listed on the performance charts.  The benches were run at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440.

All results, except for FireStrike and Time Spy, show average frame rates and higher is always better.  Minimum frame rates are shown when they are available and they make sense, next to the averages but they are in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  The EVGA GTX 1060 SC overclocked results are in the first column, the overclocked Red Devil RX 480 results are in the second column, and third column shows the performance difference (RX 480 “wins” are denoted by a red “-” minus sign).

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The GTX EVGA GTX 1060 SC is an excellent overclocker, and even though we got a very good overclock with our Red Devil RX 480, the GeForce card wins most of the benches.  The overclocked RX 480 can only manage 10 individual wins out of 50 individual benchmarks that we ran.

The Big Picture

Here is the bigger picture comparing several stock and overclocked GTX 1060s with stock and overclocked RX 470s and with RX 480 results.  The GTX 1070 results as well as the GTX 970, GTX 960 and RX 280 results are added also.  Please open this chart in a separate window or tab for better viewing.big-pic

Let’s head to our conclusion.

UPDATED 09/14/16.  Check out Tech of Tomorrow‘s video using our benchmarks!


This has been quite an interesting exploration for us in evaluating the overclocked $279 Red Devil RX 480 versus the overclocked $259 EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC.  The EVGA GTX 1060 SC is a faster card at stock, and due to its superior overclocking headroom, it pulls even further away from the overclocked Red Devil RX 480.  The overclocked EVGA GTX 1060 SC wins in 4 out of 5 of our individual game benchmarks against the overclocked Red Devil RX 480.

dxmd-2016-08-24-20-16-49-07Both cards appears to scale well with an overclock although the GTX 1060 overclocks further and uses less power.  Turning the fans each to their highest settings, they do make more noise which is more like a “whoosh” of air, but they are not irritating.

Next up, we will explore GTX 1070 SLI performance compared with a TITAN X.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below, or on BTR’s Community forum.

Happy Gaming!



  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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