Should you buy the AMD RX 480 or the Nvidia GTX 1060?

It's a basic question that's been kicked around since the GTX 1060 launched. Should you go for the 1060 (which outperforms the RX 480 in most scenarios) or stick with the RX 480?

At first glance, the answer seems pretty obvious. If you're the average gamer that plans on sticking with a single GPU solution, you should absolutely stick with a single GTX 1060. In addition to outperforming the RX 480 in most benchmarks and gaming scenarios, it also can be more easily obtained as of the writing of this article.

Right now, the Gigabyte Windforce version of the GTX 1060 is just shy of $270 compared to the XFX RX 480 (with a custom cooler) which is just shy of $290. Other reference styles of the RX 480 can be found, but their prices are grossly inflated at the moment. If you're lucky enough to find one at the intended $240 price point, you may want to hop on that.

The RX 480 does become intriguing for the fact that you can run it in Crossfire if you add a second card down the road, something the GTX 1060 can't do. If you're considering adding a second card later, the RX 480 is probably worth the slight premium you'll pay.

Realistically, both cards will demolish 1080p gaming with settings either maxed out or almost maxed out in even the newest titles. Provided that you're not paying an outrageous price premium for either card, you really can't go wrong.


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