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EVGA GTX 1060 3GB review: A compelling $200 graphics card with a questionable future

Brad Chacos | Sept. 5, 2016
Nvidia's new 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060 goes toe-to-toe with the $200 Radeon RX 480—in theory.

That said, the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming still hovers around the 60-fps gold standard with all the graphical settings cranked at 1080p.

Test 3: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Whereas Hitman adores Radeon GPUs, Rise of the Tomb Raider performs much better on GeForce cards. It’s also the single most drop-dead gorgeous PC game I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We only tested the game’s DirectX 11 mode.

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The shaved-down SMPs create a sizeable performance difference between the two GTX 1060 models here. The EVGA GTX 1060 3GB nevertheless opens a sizeable lead over the RX 470, and even manages to outpunch the 8GB Radeon RX 480 when you reduce the graphics options to High—at least in raw frames per second.

The minimum frame times tell a different story when you bump things up to Very High settings. Rise of the Tomb Raider warns that the game needs 4GB+ of memory when you do so, and indeed, the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming saw minimum frame rates plunge to sub-10fps rates at the highest detail settings. That’s probably why the card fails to topple the Radeon RX 480—or the older GTX 970—at Very High.

Test 4: Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal is yet another Ubisoft game, but it’s powered by a different engine than The Division—the latest version of the long-running and well-respected Dunia engine.

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Here, we see the opposite behavior compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider. While the EVGA HTX 1060 3GB Gaming’s in a dead heat with the RX 470 at High settings, it pulls ahead to match the RX 480 at Ultra.

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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