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)
HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333MHz), supplied by Kingston
MSI G1 Gaming RX 480, 8GB, at reference clocks.
VisionTek 290X, 4GB, reference clocks. Fan is set to 100% to prevent throttling.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB, at Founders Edition reference clocks, supplied by EVGA
Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs for each platform
EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
Corsair H60 Watercooler
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
Nvidia’s latest GeForce WHQL 376.33 and the original 368.64 launch drivers used for the GTX 1060. High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.
AMD Crimson Software ReLive 16.12.1 hotfix and the launch 16.6.2 drivers plus 16.7.2 were used for the AMD cards.
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.
Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our 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 was used for AMD cards.
MSI’s Afterburner, latest beta, was used for NVIDIA cards.
Firestrike – Ultra & Extreme
Time Spy DX12
Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
Total War Attila
Grand Theft Auto V
the Witcher 3
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Batman: Arkham Origins
Star Wars Battlefront
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Just Cause 3
Rainbow Six Siege
Far Cry Primal
Tom Clancy’s The Division (also DX12)
DOOM – Open GL and Vulkan APIs
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Shadow Warrior 2
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
Watch Dogs 2
Ashes of the Singularity
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Total War: Warhammer
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Gears of War 4
Nvidia Control Panel settings:
Power/Temperature targets are set to maximum by Afterburner.
AMD Crimson Control Center Settings:
Power Limit/Temperature targets are set to maximum by TriXX. The 290X fans are set to 100% to prevent throttling
Let’s head to the performance charts to see how the RX 480 compares with 290X, and with the GTX 1060 now, compared with performance from about 6 months ago.