Looking to upgrade or buy a new GPU? Don't mind all that testing, marginal fps gains depending on the game you play, power consumption figures, or overclocking potential. You want a simple question answered. Given a certain budget, which graphics card should you buy? Fret no more.
With the wait for next-gen AMD Vega parts becoming longer than anticipated, and considering we do their latest $200-250 offering on hand, the Radeon RX 480, we're adding a new test to our 'Then and Now' series, comparing six generations of mainstream Radeon graphics cards.
Initially just a rumor, the 3GB version of the GTX 1060 is now something you can buy starting at $200 -- but should you? It comes down to the games you play, the resolution you run them at and how picky you are about quality settings.
The new Radeon RX 460 is a Polaris 11 part that starts at only $109. Products based on Polaris 11 will also be turning up in ultra-portable devices as the power draw is expected to be very low. On the desktop, AMD hopes to capture the entry level eSports market by providing acceptable 1080p performance in titles such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.
The Radeon RX 470 should be an exciting product for a few reasons. First, this is an affordable sub-$200 GPU within the reach of most gamers. Coming from the first Polaris 10 board, we expect this to be an extremely capable 1080p gamer while 1440p should also be playable. The RX 470 also only comes in a 4GB version, which I personally feel is the right choice here.
Following its soft-launch a few days ago we're now ready to take the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 through its paces. The card is targeting a considerably lower price point than the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with a smaller GPU -- codenamed GP106 -- that still manages to support all of the key Pascal architectural features. What we have is a $250 GTX 1060 facing off against a $240 RX 480 8GB and this fight over the mid-range market should be great news for consumers.