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AMD Radeon RX 580 Performance Comparison

The gaming enthusiast community may be eagerly waiting for AMD Vega to arrive, but AMD breathed life into the AMD Polaris microarchitecture with a refreshed line-up, which they called the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series. Headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), the Polaris Refined series is basically an overclocked version of the Radeon RX 400 series.

AMD is pitching the Radeon RX 500 Series as a great upgrade option for gamers with 3 years or older systems, with the introduction of 27 new graphics cards. But just how much faster is the new Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) compared to its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, and the NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards? Let’s find out in this performance comparison!

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Radeon RX 580 Specification Comparison

Here are the specifications of the five graphics cards in this performance comparison :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 480Radeon RX 580GeForce GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1070
Texture Units4814414480120
ROPs3232324864
Core Speed1290 MHz1120 MHz1257 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1392 MHz1266 MHz1340 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)61.9 GT/s182.3 GT/s193.0 GT/s136.6 GT/s202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)44.5 GP/s40.5 GP/s42.9 GP/s82.0 GP/s107.7 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1752 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP75 W150 W185 W120 W150 W

 

Further Reading On The Radeon RX 500 Series

 

Further Reading On AMD Vega

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 382.05 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.5.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

Note that we do not actually have any Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) graphics card. We simulated the Radeon RX 580 by overclocking the Radeon RX 480 graphics card according to AMD’s specifications for the Radeon RX 580.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480 in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 69% to 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and just 3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060. It was 62% to 69% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was about 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. With its much higher pixel fillrate, the GeForce GTX 1060 pulled away with a 6% average performance advantage.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 1070!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 was still 5% to 7% faster than the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was itself 61% to 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 3.7% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 2.3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060. It was also 63% to 70% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually tied with the Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 at this resolution. They were all about 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 26% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 80% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

When the resolution increased to 1440p though, the GeForce GTX 1070 pulled away and was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 580. The average frame rate of the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, but it also delivered a significantly higher minimum frame rate.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. It was also 5% and 82% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti respectively.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX 480 at this resolution, putting it neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was essentially between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

 

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was, again, between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4-5% difference either way. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was exactly between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 56% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 31% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Yet again, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) maintained its position between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 finally pulled away, with a 7% performance advantage over the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was no faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 9% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 45% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 13% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 48% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this ultra high resolution, the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 2% faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 13% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 53% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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Our Verdict On The Radeon RX 580

It’s pretty obvious from our benchmark results that the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) is just a slightly faster version of its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480. That is no slight, as the Radeon RX 480 is a fast graphics card. In fact, it was so fast that NVIDIA was forced to introduce the GeForce GTX 1060 at a lower price point to compete.

The Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) reused the Polaris 10 GPU from the Radeon RX 480, running it and the GDDR5 memory at a 9% and 14% higher clock speeds respectively. However, it only delivered an performance boost of between 1.5% and 4%.

Obviously, you wouldn’t upgrade to the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) if you already own the Radeon RX 480, or GeForce GTX 1060. But it would make for a great upgrade if you are using an older, slower graphics card. That is precisely why AMD is targeting the Radeon RX 500 Series at gamers with 3 years or older graphics cards.

Here is the key takeaway point from all these benchmarks. Like its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) is designed for 1440p gaming. With some tweaks to the graphics settings, you should have no problem achieving an average frame rate of 60 fps at that resolution.

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BIOSTAR GTX 1060 VR-Ready Graphics Card Launched

Taipeh, 24 October 2016 – BIOSTAR is proud to announce the availability of the newest addition to its VGA product series with the new BIOSTAR GTX 1060 graphics card, available in both 6GB and 3GB variety, the BIOSTAR GTX 1060 graphics card bring affordable VR and high-performance gaming closer to the masses making it an ideal choice to be your first VR gaming GPU.

The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card features the GP106 GPU sporting 1280 CUDA cores and runs with a base core clock of 1506Mhz. Featuring GPU Boost 3.0, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 6GB can run up to 1708Mhz and features 6GB of GDDR5 video memory connected a 192-bit bus interface. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 3GB version features 1152 CUDA cores running at 1506Mhz and has a boost frequency of 1708Mhz also. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory also sports a 192-bit interface bandwidth. Both cards require only a single 6-pin power connector.

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Designed for the latest generation of games and gaming experiences, the GeForce GTX 1060 takes gaming to the next level with performance and efficiency that beats everything before it featuring the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricatedon the 16nm FinFET process technology.

The new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 is cooled by the unique BIOSTAR Tank Dual Fan cooler inspired and design in cooperation with World of Tanks to keep the card running at optimal temperatures while keeping noise levels to a minimum. The new dual-fan cooler features a gaming tank-shaped stylish design exuding an aggressive feel to the card while keeping it cool. The GTX 1060 6GB has a rated TDP of only 120W and the 3GB has 115w TDP while still delivering three times the performance of previous graphics card from earlier generation.

NVIDIA leverages new technologies for this generation of graphics card and allows players to fully immerse themselves while providing higher performance for existing games and serving as a launch pad for new ones. Technology like Simultaneous Multi-Projection, ANSEL and Fast Sync allow gamers to fully maximize their gaming experience but also enjoy a whole new level of realism with VR.

 

Pricing

The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 6GB will have an MSRP of $289 and the 3GB version at $239.

 

BIOSTAR GTX 1060 6GB Specifications

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The GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti Performance Comparison

On 20 October 2016, NVIDIA officially launched the new GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. Built around the new NVIDIA GP107 GPU, the two new GeForce cards are designed for entry-level and eSports gaming at very attractive price points of US$99 and US$139 respectively. But just how fast are they? Find out for yourself in our GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti performance comparison!

 

The Graphics Cards Compared

In this comparison, we will take a look at six different graphics cards launched in 2016 – 3 from AMD, and 3 from NVIDIA. We will pit the GeForce GTX 1050 against the Radeon RX 460, and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti against the Radeon RX 470 (Review). We also included the higher-end Radeon RX 480 (Review) and GeForce GTX 1060 (Review) in this comparison.

SpecificationsRadeon RX 460GeForce GTX 1050GeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 470Radeon RX 480GeForce GTX 1060
Texture Units56404812814480
ROPs163232323248
Core Speed1090 MHz1354 MHz1290 MHz926 MHz1120 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1200 MHz1455 MHz1392 MHz1206 MHz1266 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)67.2 GT/s54.2 GT/s61.9 GT/s154.4 GT/s182.3 GT/s136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)19.2 GP/s46.6 GP/s44.5 GP/s38.6 GP/s40.5 GP/s82.0 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits128-bits128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1750 MHz1752 MHz1752 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s112 GB/s211 GB/s224 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP75 W75 W75 W120 W150 W120 W
Current PriceUS$ 99US$ 99US$ 139US$ 169US$ 239 (8 GB)US$ 249

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

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Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 375.63 for the three NVIDIA graphics cards, and the Radeon Software 16.9.2 driver for the three AMD graphics cards used in our tests.

Okay, let’s get on with the GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti performance comparison!

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The GeForce GTX 1050 is virtually equivalent to the Radeon RX 460 in performance, with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti delivering 23% better performance. The Radeon RX 470 was 60% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 1050.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did better in DirectX 11. In this test, they were 17.6% and 27.4% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively.

The Radeon RX 470, on the other hand, was now 48% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did even better at this resolution. Despite having only 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, the GeForce GTX 1050 was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 460. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was now 34% faster than the Radeon RX 460.

They also edged a little closer in performance to the Radeon RX 470, which was now 47% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 60% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!

It is definitely a very, very bad idea to play any game at this resolution on the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti. Especially the GeForce GTX 1050, which only has 2 GB of memory. In this resolution, the Radeon RX 460 (which has 4 GB of memory) was actually 7% faster! The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was now 33% faster than the Radeon RX 460.

The Radeon RX 470 was now 49% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 1050.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the new Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti were 6% and 17% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. All three delivered playable frame rates of over 30 fps at this resolution.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare…

Only the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was fast enough to deliver a playable frame rate above 30 fps at this resolution. The Radeon RX 460 was actually slightly (2%) faster than the GeForce GTX 1050, probably due to its larger memory size.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti were 2% and 15% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. All three delivered playable frame rates of about 40 fps at this resolution.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did better at this resolution, coming in 9% and 20% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. Only the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti delivered (barely) playable frame rates at this resolution.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti did well in this game, coming in 17% and 32% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. The two new GeForce cards delivered reasonably playable frame rates.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti maintained their performance advantage over the Radeon RX 460, but their frame rates were poor. Definitely not a good idea to play The Witcher 3 at 1440p with these cards.

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Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti performed very well in Fallout 4, both delivering 20% better performance than the Radeon RX 460. This is the perfect resolution for all three cards.

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti extended their lead over the Radeon RX 460, with 22% and 24% better performance respectively. Both new GeForce cards actually delivered playable frame rates at this resolution.

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Our Verdict

Hitherto, AMD had a real advantage in the entry-level and eSports gaming market with their Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 graphics cards. Priced at US$109 and US$179 respectively (at launch), they were much more affordable options for gaming at 1080p or lower resolutions.

That changed with the launch of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards.

The GeForce GTX 1050 was targeted squarely at the Radeon RX 460, with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti offering slightly better performance and more graphics memory for those who can afford an extra US$40.

AMD is cognisant of the danger the new GeForce cards pose. So they preemptively slashed the prices of their Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 cards to make them more competitive. Did they succeed?

GeForce GTX 1050

Both the GeForce GTX 1050 and the Radeon RX 460 are priced at US$99. However, the GeForce GTX 1050 either matches the Radeon RX 460 in performance, or outperforms it by up to 22%. It does this despite having only 2 GB of memory.

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So if you are looking for a graphics card at the US$99 price point, the obvious choice is the GeForce GTX 1050.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is roughly 10-15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050, and has twice as much graphics memory. However, that is a limited advantage since it is still best used for 1080p gaming.

If you can cough up the extra US$40, you might as well cough up an extra US$30 to get the newly-repriced Radeon RX 470. That will buy you 45-70% better performance, enough for 1440p gaming.

 

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AMD Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts Announced!

Ahead of the global availability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, AMD pre-emptively slashed US$10 off the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 graphics cards. Here are the full details of the AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts…

 

Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts

The AMD Radeon RX 470 will be available for as low as US$169 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$179. This narrows its price premium over the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (launch price of US$139) down to US$40.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 will be available for as low as US$99 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$109. This puts it head-to-head against the GeForce GTX 1050, albeit with twice as much memory – 4 GB.

 

The AMD Advantage

AMD also made it known that they are offering more than just the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts.

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  • All Radeon RX graphics cards are optimized for DX12 and Vulkan.
  • Asynchronous Compute, exclusively supported by the GCN or Polaris architectures, breaks up complex game workloads into smaller tasks that can run more quickly in parallel, extracting “free” performance from the GPU
  • AMD’s open source FreeSync technology is the industry’s choice for Adaptive Frame Synchronization, offering smooth, affordable gaming with support for HDMI and DisplayPort technology.
  • FreeSync monitors are significantly more accessible – starting at US$129 compared with US$379 for G-Sync – and with 126 FreeSync monitors available compared with only 86 G-Sync monitors, Radeon users have more choice

 

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AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire Performance Comparison

You have seen our Radeon RX 480 review, so today, we are going to take a look at its CrossFire performance. For the uninitiated, that’s two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards running together.

You may recall that when Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, first revealed the Radeon RX 480, he made a startling claim that two Radeon RX 480 cards only utilized 51% of their processing capabilities to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

That was later clarified by Robert Hallock as a CPU-limited result. He also revealed that two Radeon RX 480 cards will deliver 83% better performance than a single Radeon RX 480 card.

Today, we are going to check out those claims in a variety of benchmarks and games. Let’s get down to it!

 

The Graphics Cards

Specifications Radeon R9 380 Radeon RX 480 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980 Ti GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon RX 480 CrossFire
Textures Per Clock 112 144 80 176 120 288
Pixels Per Clock 32 32 48 96 64 64
Clock Speed 970 MHz 1120 – 1266 MHz 1506 – 1708 MHz 1000 – 1075 MHz 1506 – 1683 MHz 1120 – 1266 MHz
Texture Fill Rate 108.6 GT/s 161.3 – 182.3 GT/s 120.5 – 136.6 GT/s 176.0 – 189.2 GT/s 180.7 – 202.0 GT/s 322.6 – 364.6 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate 31.0 GP/s 35.8 – 40.5 GP/s 72.3 – 82.0 GP/s 96.0 – 104.5 GP/s 96.4 – 107.7 GP/s 71.7 – 81.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 16 GB GDDR5

(8 GB effective)

Memory Bus Width 256-bits 256-bits 192-bits 384-bits 256-bits 256-bits x 2
Memory Speed 1425 MHz 1750 MHz 2000 MHz 1752.5 MHz 2000 MHz 1750 MHz
Memory Bandwidth 182.4 GB/s 224.0 GB/s 192.0 GB/s 336.5 GB/s 256.0 GB/s 448.0 GB/s
TDP 190 W 150 W 120 W 250 W 150 W 300 W
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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 64-bit

ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

MotherboardASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

MonitorDell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 372.54 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards used in our tests.

We used the Radeon Software 16.8.2 driver for the AMD graphics cards used in our tests. In addition, we enabled the Compatibility Mode for the Radeon RX 480 cards to ensure that they keep to their rated 150 W TDP.

Next Page > 3DMark DirectX 12 and DirectX 11 Benchmark Results

 

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that was released just days ago, just in time for this review. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

In this DirectX 12 benchmark, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 93% faster than the single Radeon RX 480. Very impressive. This allows the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire to beat the GeForce GTX 1070 by 33%. This gives the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire a slight (5.7%) price-performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1070, albeit at twice the power consumption.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

At this relatively CPU-limited test, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 95% faster than the single Radeon RX 480. It was also 31%-35% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 79-86% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

Note that the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire ended up about 12% slower than both the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in the Combined Test, probably because it was CPU-limited.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

As the higher 1440p resolution, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 96% faster than the single Radeon RX 480. However, its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1060 dropped to 27% and 74% respectively.

At this point, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire loses its price-performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1070. However, it still maintains a comfortable price-performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1080.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is a torture test, perfect for comparing the GeForce GTX 1070 and the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire.

At the 4K resolution, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 23% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 73% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060. If we had a GeForce GTX 1080, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire would likely be slightly faster, with a significant price-performance advantage, albeit with significantly higher power consumption.

Next Page > Ashes of the Singularity, Total War: Warhammer Benchmark Results

 

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Ashes of the Singularity FAILED!

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which not only supports the new Asynchronous Compute feature, but is necessary to support the CrossFire mode for the two Radeon RX 480 cards.

Unfortunately, Ashes of the Singularity kept crashing whenever multi-GPU mode was enabled. There was simply no way to get it to run reliably, even though we tried 3 different driver versions.

As our GeForce GTX 1070 review shows, we have no issues running it with single graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA. It only failed when multi-GPU support was enabled. We will update this section when we finally get CrossFire mode running on Ashes of the Singularity.

 

Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Looks like CrossFire isn’t working in Total War : Warhammer. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was actually 6.5% slower than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card. It was just slightly faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 7.7% slower than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and 3.7% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 4K resolution, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was 4.9% slower than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and 6.9% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060. It would definitely be a good idea to disable CrossFire mode when you play Total War : Warhammer.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The CrossFire mode worked in The Witcher 3 though. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire achieved an average frame rate in excess of 100 fps. That makes its 59% faster than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, 49.6% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire maintained its performance lead at the 1440p resolution. It was 59% faster than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, 47.8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 5.6% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire increased its performance lead at the 4K resolution. It was now 64.4% faster than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, 52.3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 8.9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

CrossFire did not work in Fallout 4, at least not in 1080p. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was actually 2.7% slower than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and 16% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the CrossFire mode finally kicked in. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire actually became 24% faster than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and 9.6% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Fallout 4 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Amazingly, when we hit 4K, the CrossFire mode really showed its mettle. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire was now 62% faster than the single Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and 43.2% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire even edged out the GeForce GTX 1070, and beat the GeForce GTX 980 Ti by 8.7%.

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Performance Summary

Here is a summary of our benchmark results. We highlighted the benchmarks in which the CrossFire mode worked (in green), and when it didn’t work (in red).

Benchmarks Radeon R9 380 Radeon RX 480 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980 Ti GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon RX 480 CrossFire
Time Spy (1440p) Slower by 65.1% Slower by 48.2% Slower by 45.8% Slower by 36.5% Slower by 24.8% Baseline
Fire Strike (1080p) Slower by 64.0% Slower by 48.8% Slower by 45.2% Slower by 28.7% Slower by 25.1% Baseline
Fire Strike Extreme (1440p) Slower by 63.4% Slower by 49.0% Slower by 42.4% Slower by 25.1% Slower by 21.2% Baseline
Fire Strike Ultra (2160p) Slower by 61.2% Slower by 48.3% Slower by 42.1% Slower by 22.5% Slower by 18.8% Baseline
Ashes of the Singularity Failed
Total War: Warhammer (1080p) Slower by 26.1% Faster by 7.0% Slower by 0.5% Faster by 30.7% Faster by 36.1% Baseline
Total War: Warhammer (1440p) Slower by 26.4% Faster by 8.4% Faster by 3.9% Faster by 40.3% Faster by 43.8% Baseline
Total War: Warhammer (2160p) Slower by 29.4% Faster by 5.1% Faster by 7.5% Faster by 48.6% Faster by 51.0% Baseline
The Witcher 3 (1080p) Slower by 57.6% Slower by 37.2% Slower by 33.1% Slower by 8.0% Slower by 4.8% Baseline
The Witcher 3 (1440p) Slower by 57.0% Slower by 37.2% Slower by 33.1% Slower by 7.8% Slower by 5.3% Baseline
The Witcher 3 (2160p) Slower by 57.5% Slower by 39.2% Slower by 34.4% Slower by 10.2% Slower by 8.1% Baseline
Fallout 4 (1080p) Slower by 20.5% Faster by 2.8% Faster by 19.1% Faster by 27.8% Faster by 29.6% Baseline
Fallout 4 (1440p) Slower by 41.7% Slower by 19.6% Slower by 8.7% Faster by 16.7% Faster by 22.6% Baseline
Fallout 4 (2160p) Slower by 54.3% Slower by 38.1% Slower by 30.2% Slower by 8.0% Slower by 1.1% Baseline

 

Our Opinion

The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire showed great promise in the 3DMark benchmarks. It was able to deliver 93% to 96% better performance than a single Radeon RX 480 graphics card.

The actual boost in frame rate was smaller, of course, due to CPU limits. But it proved to be faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 by 15% to 18% in DirectX 11, and 26% in DirectX 12. Very impressive.

Unfortunately, we do not have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 in our benchmark suite, but we know that it is roughly 20%-25% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. So we can guesstimate that the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire will be slightly faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 in DirectX 12, and slightly slower in DirectX 11.

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From a price-performance perspective, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire ties with the GeForce GTX 1070, if we only take into account the 3DMark results. It loses out to the GeForce GTX 1070 when it comes to actual games, particularly in games that don’t work well or at all with CrossFire.

As you can tell from the table above, the reliability of the CrossFire mode is still quite iffy. That is really too bad, because the 3DMark results show that the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire has great potential, particularly in DirectX 12.

If AMD can get the CrossFire mode to work in all games, the Radeon RX 480 CrossFire is a great alternative to the GeForce GTX 1080. It offers equivalent performance at a 20% discount (US$478 vs. US$599), albeit with much higher power consumption (300W vs. 180W).

 

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The First GeForce GTX 10-Series Gaming Laptops Revealed

After NVIDIA officially launched the GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs for Notebooks, we were given the opportunity to check out the first GeForce GTX 10- Series gaming laptops for ourselves. They all boast a 40% improvement in performance, and why not? After all, the GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs are using the desktop-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs!

So, join us as we take you on a quick tour of the first GeForce GTX 10-Series gaming laptops from Acer, Aftershock, AORUS, ASUS, HP and MSI!

 

The Acer Predator 15 Gaming Laptop

The Acer Predator 15 and Predator 17 gaming laptops have just been refreshed with the GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 GPUs respectively. They still maintain the unique Predator FrostCore swappable fan module, and unique AeroBlade metal fan.

 

The Aftershock S-15 Gaming Laptop

Aftershock is offering the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in the full line-up of their gaming laptops. Here is the 15″ Aftershock S-15 gaming laptop, which can be customised with a GeForce GTX 1070 or 1060 GPU. This example is powered by the GeForce GTX 1070.

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The AORUS X7YA Gaming Laptop

AORUS demonstrated the AORUS X7YA, which is also known as the AORUS X7 DT V6. It is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.

Next Page > More GeForce GTX 10-Series Gaming Laptops – ASUS, HP, MSI

 

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The ASUS ROG GL502 Gaming Laptop

ASUS showed off their Republic of Gamers GL502 gaming laptop at Comex 2016. Although it was listed as being powered by the GeForce GTX 1060, we were told that it will actually ship with the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The HP Omen 17 Gaming Laptop

Although HP was not present, they dropped off the HP Omen 17 for us to check out. It is powered by the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The MSI GS63 Gaming Laptop

The full name for this laptop is actually MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro. It is their thinnest and lightest gaming laptop, powered by the GeForce GTX 1070.

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The MSI GT73 Gaming Laptop

The full name for this laptop is MSI GT73VR Titan SLI. This unit is powered by the GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, but it can be configured to support two GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs in SLI! Thanks for the correction, Andrew Ganter!

 

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NVIDIA Introduces GeForce GTX 10-Series Gaming Laptops

At the Intercontinental Hotel in sunny Singapore, NVIDIA officially launched the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs for laptops. They also launched a slew of new gaming laptops that boast the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs from Acer, Aftershock, AORUS, ASUS and MSI. Check out the videos we took at the event!

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series For Notebooks Revealed

John Gillooly (NVIDIA Technical Marketing Manager) kicked off the event, giving us the technical details of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series for Notebooks.

 Then it was time for NVIDIA partners to reveal their new gaming laptops powered by the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs.

 

Acer Predator 15 / 17 Gaming Laptops

In this video, Er Jun Liang, Product Specialist from Acer Singapore, talks about the Acer Predator G1 gaming desktop, before revealing the updated Acer Predator 15 and Predator 17 gaming laptops, powered by the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs.

We will have previews of the Acer Predator 15 / 17 gaming laptops shortly.

 

Aftershock Gaming Laptops

Aftershock is offering the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in the full line-up of their gaming laptops. Check out the details.

We will have previews of the Aftershock gaming laptops shortly.

 

AORUS & GIGABYTE Gaming Laptops

The AORUS X7 DT V6 will feature the new GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. On the GIGABYTE side, the Gigabyte P35X v6 will come with the new GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, while the GIGABYTE P55W v6 will come with the GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

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ASUS ROG GL502

ASUS only released a single gaming laptop – the ROG GL502, which will come with the GeForce GTX 1070.

We will have previews of the ROG GL502 gaming laptop shortly.

 

MSI Gaming Laptops

MSI revealed a number of gaming laptops powered by the new GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs. The top-of-the-range MSI GT83VR Titan SLI boasts not one, but two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI.

Up next is the MSI GT73VR Titan SLI, which has two GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs in SLI. The thin and light MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro will feature the GeForce GTX 1060.

We will have previews of the MSI gaming laptops shortly.

 

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Released

Taipei, 18 August 2016GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the addition of the 3GB models to its GeForce GTX 1060 lineup.

Delivering brilliant performance and power efficiency, the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 graphics card equipped with 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory will be available in gamers’ favorite G1 GAMING, dual-fan WINDFORCE OC, and compactly-built Mini ITX OC Edition, providing a wide range of factory overclocked solutions for the budget conscious gamers.

 

GTX 1060 3GB G1 GAMING

The GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 3GB ups the ante with Super Overclocked GPU, the signature WINDFORCE technology, and RGB Illumination for those who crave superior cooling and overclocking capability.

Through GIGABYTE’s GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in the G1 GAMING cards push the overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The highest-grade components augmented with 6+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.

The WINDFORCE 2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans, featuring the unique blade design and composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, together keeping the card cool and quiet even when heavily overclocked. The semi-passive fans remain off when the system is running at low load or idle. An LED fan indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The card brings vibrancy to PC builds with its full-spectrum RGB and lighting effects that can be customized using the newly developed XTREME Engine utility software. At rear, a sleek-looking metal back plate adds rigidity and protection to the card. The smart power LED indicator helps to ensure the system stability at all times in case of any power abnormality.

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GTX 1060 3GB WINDFORCE OC

The GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 3GB comes with a solid back plate and runs sufficiently cool and quiet with the help of WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring two semi-passive 90mm fans, a pure copper composite heat pipe with direct touch to GPU, and unique blade fan design. Alternate spinning fans further reduce turbulence to a minimum. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can enjoy smooth gaming right away with a simple click of the button to overclock the card without the hassle of any manual adjustment.

 

GTX 1060 3GB Mini ITX OC

Measuring 17cm in length, the small form factor GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB is perfect for building compact gaming rigs or HTPC. Equipped with a pair of 8mm composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to GPU and a single 90mm unique-blade fan with semi-passive cooling, the custom-designed cooler can dissipate heat effectively, while maintaining remarkably quiet even under loads. The card is built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output.

 

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AORUS GeForce GTX 10 Series Laptops Launched

AORUS has unveiled their highly anticipated full AORUS GeForce GTX 10 series lineup – the 13.9” AORUS X3 Plus v6, 15.6” AORUS X5 v6, and 17.3” AORUS X7 DT v6 & X7 v6.

Announcing the inclusion of their all-new exclusive and innovative AORUS RGB Fusion keyboard (optional) with per-key backlighting in 16.8 million colors, as well as the addition of the world’s first 120 Hz laptop display, AORUS is continuing to push the envelope in the mobile gaming industry.

 

AORUS GeForce GTX 10 Series

17.3” AORUS X7 DT & X7 v6

Desktop-Grade Performance | Enhanced Cooling Design

The 17.3” AORUS X7 DT has been recognized for its innovative design; possessing superior performance while retaining a slim, mobile form factor as the recipient of the 2016 Computex Design and Innovation Award. With the announcement of the all-new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, the X7 DT has taken a huge jump in performance.

Retaining the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7 overclocked processor and upgrading to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic, all within a thin and lightweight chassis, it is a mobile powerhouse. The other alternative for the AORUS 17.3” is the X7 v6. Also providing superior performance with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, as well as the full range of features as the X7 DT.

With all that performance, comes the look display to back it up. The X7 series also now provides the world’s first 120 Hz laptop display with 5 ms response time, paired with Killer DoubleShot Pro to reduce game lag by utilizing connection priority for a smooth and fluid gaming experience.

With subtle ID changes to the X7 design includes a welcomed improvement to thermal cooling with the addition further air intake. Along with the upgrade in spec, the X7 gets an upgrade in look with the all exclusive AORUS RGB Fusion Keyboard, providing full customizable, per-key RGB function.

 

15.6” AORUS X5 v6

Performance Breakthrough for Gaming On-The-Go

Maintaining the X5’s signature slimness and light weight, the X5 v6. offers a 15.6” option with one of the world’s most powerful all-new mobile GPUs, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, as well as the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7 overclocked processor. The 15.6” display now comes in two options: WQHD+ 2880×1620 IPS display for the stunning visual detail; or a Full HD

120Hz refresh rate display for the most fluid gameplay for the FPS enthusiasts, while Killer DoubleShot Pro prioritizes gaming ports and connections for a lag free experience. Adding to the aesthetics, the new X5 now features orange logo back-lighting and the per-key fully customizable RGB backlight keyboard, the AORUS RGB Fusion Keyboard.

 

13.9” AORUS X3 Plus v6

Most Portable Gaming Laptop for VR

The 13.9” AORUS X3 Plus v6 puts an emphasis on mobility, but does not stray away from performance, continuing its reign as the most powerful and light (22.9mm/1.8kg) 13.9-inch gaming laptop in the world.

Its 6th Generation Intel Core i7 overclocked processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics is powering the QHD+ 3200×1800 IGZO display. The astonishing display of the X3 has the highest pixel density among the AORUS family, enabling it to provide gorgeous visuals and to be the complete.

The amazing performance with such mobility also makes the X3 one of the most portable gaming laptop to meet the requirements for premium Virtual Reality experience.

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AORUS All-In-One Streaming Solution

As streaming is becoming more and more an important part of the gaming community, AORUS has been committed to providing an all-inclusive solution for streaming. The newest addition to this is TriDef® SmartCam. SmartCam will now allow you to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype.

The AORUS Hardware Live Stream Engine gives gamers an edge while streaming. Now available on the X5 and X7 models (optional), the fully integrated encoder card eliminates the fuss of connecting an extra compressor and enables you to record and stream simultaneously in high-definition quality without compromising system performance, or the loss of FPS. Along with the 1-year Premium subscription to both XSplit Gamecaster and Broadcaster, AORUS allows you to record, edit, and stream anytime, anywhere.

 

AORUS Exclusive Software

Fan Control

Exclusive fan control allows you full customization of your fan speeds, providing either Smart Control where the system automatically adjust your fans, or manual control that allows you to specifically set your fans at the RPM you choose.

OC Gauge

The best policy to win any game is to make sure your system is 100% with you. OC Gauge presents the user comprehensive system information with one-click overclocking control. A simple glance is all it takes to keep track of how your system status and Overclocking settings.

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AORUS Audio

Enhance your audio experience with various audio modes, the AORUS Audio provides you lifelike sound which allows you to immerse yourself in any usage situation. The Game mode even includes profiles specifically tuned for different game types, like FPS or RPG games. Every sound is produced with accuracy and clarity, bringing battlefield to life.

 

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GIGABYTE GTX 10 Series Laptops Introduced

The highly anticipated GIGABYTE gaming laptops with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics has been officially announced, including both the Gaming-Centric P55 & P57 Series, and thin-and-light ULTRAFORCE Series P35 & P37.

GIGABYTE offers a variety of options based on preference while providing the latest GeForce GTX 10 series graphics and the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor for the power and performance to meet the growing demands of top tier applications, games, and Virtual Reality.

With the superior performance GIAGBYTE also includes industry leading features such as M.2 PCIe SSD, DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 with Type-C connection, and HDMI 2.0.

The GIGABYTE Performance Gaming models focus on superior performance, fully supporting high end programs, games, and Virtual Reality, paired with a subtle, stylish gaming design and orange accents. The 17.3” P57 and 15.6” P55 features up to GeForce® GTX 1070 & 1060 graphics.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 10 Series Laptops

17.3” GIGABYTE P57

GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics / 30-Key Rollover Anti-Ghost Keyboard

The new 17” GIGABYTE P57 is pulling no punches when it comes to performance, including the all-new, ultra-powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 & 1060 Graphics. With a fresh GPU, come fresh ID changes. Along with its subtle style, curved lines and orange accents, comes all-new additional air intake ventilation above the keyboard to improve thermal cooling.

The backlit keyboard itself supports Anti-Ghost with 30-Key Rollover. The Full HD 1920×1080 IPS display provides vivid and immersive visuals, while a Swappable Bay is included for user preference of an optical drive, an additional HDD, or weight reduction.

 

15.6” GIGABYTE P55

GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics/3K Display

The 15” GIGABYTE P55 performance gaming model is also primed and ready, coming with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics. The display comes with either a Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS or WQHD+ 2880×1620 IPS LCD. The P55 also features a premium backlit keyboard with snappy yet responsive feedback for effortless long-hour usage, thanks to the outstanding 2.2mm key travel distance.

ULTRAFORCE Gaming | Thin & Light with High Performance

The classic ULTRAFORCE series puts an emphasis on ultra-slim & ultra-light chassis, while retaining high performance to provide highly mobile gaming solutions. The new generation also comes with an optional upgrade of DDR4 2400MHz memory. The series also packs huge capacity batteries to further enhance the mobility.

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17.3” GIGABYTE P37

GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics/Exclusive Macro Keys

The new 17.3” GIGABYTE P37 reiterates what ULTRAFORCE is all about. Despite being a 17” model, the P37 weights under 2.7kg and retains an ultra-thin and light profile being less than 22.5mm thin. Paired with extreme mobility is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. The display comes in both options of 4K UHD 3840×2160 and FHD 1920×1080, achieving high-res gaming thanks to the performance boost with the new graphics.

The GIGABYTE P37 includes a hot-swappable bay for an additional HDD, ODD, or to reduce weight for improved mobility, forming a quad-storage system with multiple M.2 PCIe SSDs and HDDs. The Macro Keys on the left, together with the included Macro Hub software, allows up to 25 programmable macros for one-click executionin any games and applications.

 

15.6” GIGABYTE P35

GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics /4K UHD High-Res Display

Powerful yet portable, the thinnest gaming laptop of the series, the 15.6” GIGABYTE P35, also has either a UHD 3840×2160 or FHD 1920×1080 display, delivering perfect and vivid colors for an enhanced gameplay experience.

Included in the Ultrabook-like chassis is the powerful all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. The GIGABYTE P35 also features the iconic hot-swappable bay for flexible storage and the quad-storage system.

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Professional Streaming Software Out-of-the-Box

Included on all GIGABYTE laptops is a 3-month premium license of XSplit Gamecaster and Broadcaster, making live stream easier for every gamer. The all-new TriDef SmartCam allows you, without a greens screen, to remove your background while streaming games or making video calls.

 

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Models Revealed

Taipei, 19 July 2016GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today introduced 4 models for its GeForce GTX 1060 lineup powered by the latest Pascal GP106 GPU.

With the GTX 1060 G1 GAMING (GV-N1060G1GAMING-6GD) leading the charge, GIGABYTE also offers the GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC edition (GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD) and the single-fan GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC edition (GV-N1060IXOC-6GD) at launch, as well as the GTX 1060 D5 edition (GV-N1060D5-6GD) aimed for value-seeking gamers, to provide maximized performance at each respective budget ranges and for each PC build requirements.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING

The GTX 1060 G1 GAMING raises the game with Super Overclocked GPU, the signature WINDFORCE technology, and RGB Illumination for gamers who crave superior cooling and overclocking performances for next-gen gaming with style.

Through GIGABYTE’s GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in G1 GAMING cards push overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The highest-grade components augmented with 6+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.

To keep this beast running cool, the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans with the unique blade design and 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, together keeping the card cool and quiet even when heavily overclocked. Fans are also regulated when the system is running at low load or idle. An LED fan indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The card brings vividness to PC builds with its full-spectrum RGB and lighting effects using the newly developed XTREME Engine utility software. At rear, a sleek-looking metal back plate adds rigidity and protection to the card. The smart power LED indicator helps to ensure the system stability at all times in case of any power abnormality.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC

Fitted with a solid back plate, the GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC edition runs sufficiently cool and quiet with the help of WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring two semi-passive 90mm fans, a pure copper composite heat pipe with direct touch to GPU, and unique blade fan design.

Alternate spinning fans further reduce turbulence to a minimum. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can enjoy smooth gaming right away with a simple click of the button to overclock the card without the hassle of any manual adjustment.

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC

Measuring 17cm in length, the small form factor GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC edition is perfect for building compact gaming rigs or HTPC. Equipped with 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to GPU and a single 90mm unique-blade fan with semi-passive cooling, the custom-designed cooler can dissipate heat effectively, while running remarkably quiet even under loads. The card is built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 D5

The GTX 1060 D5 edition features the dual-fan WINDFORCE 2X cooler with counter-rotating fans and auto fan stop under light loads, as well as RGB lighting with virtually unlimited color options, making it a smart choice for those looking to build a GP106-powered gaming rig on a budget.

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Colorful GTX 1060 Graphics Card Released

Shenzhen, 14 July 2016Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, proudly announces the debut of the world’s first Colorful GTX 1060 graphics card series. Colorful will be releasing a series of four custom-design Colorful GTX 1060 to satisfy gamers in every segment: Colorful iGameGTX1060 X-TOP-6G, Colorful iGameGTX1060 S-TOP-6G, Colorful iGameGTX1060 U-TOP-6G and Colorful iGameGTX1060 U-6G.

The newly released NVIDIA GTX 1060 is targeted for mainstream gamers looking for the perfect balance between performance and price. The GTX 1060 is based on the 16nm FinFET featuring NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture. The GTX 1060 will sport 1280 CUDA cores, complimented by 6GB of GDDR5 video memory running at an effective clock rate of 8Ghz on a 192-bit wide bus.

The Colorful GTX 1060 is designed for maximum efficiency and will be powered with a single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector. The GPU is rated with a power consumption of only 120w. Output options will be via three DisplayPorts, HDMI2.0 and DVI-D.

 

Colorful GTX 1060 Series

Colorful created the iGame series taking feedback from players’ comments and suggestions to create a distinct product for every situation. The iGame series is Colorful’s specialized product segment made for gamers, both mainstream and extreme.

Colorful iGameGTX1060 X-TOP-6G

  • Core clock : 1620 MHz to 1847 MHz (Boost)
  • 5+2 phase IPP power supply

Colorful iGameGTX1060 S-TOP-6G

  • Core clock : 1594 MHz to 1809 MHz (Boost)
  • 4+1 phase IPP power supply

Colorful iGameGTX1060 U-TOP-6G

  • Core clock : 1594 MHz to 1809 MHz (Boost)
  • 5+2 phase IPP power supply

Colorful iGameGTX1060 U-6G

  • Core clock : 1556 MHz to 1771 MHz (Boost)
  • 4+1 phase IPP power supply

 

Colorful GTX 1060 Availability

Colorful custom design iGame GTX 1060 graphics cards can be ordered from 19th July.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Unboxing & Hands-On Preview

We recently received a surprise delivery – the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card! This is definitely one of the first few GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics cards in the country! W00t!

Our non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with NVIDIA forbids us from revealing any benchmark results or performance indications, other than it will be faster than the GeForce GTX 980. However, we are allowed to show off the yet-to-be-released graphics card publicly.

So this is our unboxing and hands-on preview of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. Something for you to drool over until the launch day on July 19, 2016. 😀

 

Unboxing The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition

This is our video showing the unboxing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase the Founder’s Edition card from NVIDIA when it’s launched on July 19, 2016.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

There is nothing else in the box. Just the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card in an anti-static bag.

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GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Hands-On Preview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card, and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Next Page > GeForce GTX 1060 Up Close, Size, Specification Comparison

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Up Close

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card.

Gamers with older monitors will be glad to note that the GeForce GTX 1060 will come with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to 3 DisplayPorts and a HDMI 2.0B port.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has a TDP of just 120 W, so it only comes with a 6-pin PCI Express power connector. However, it does not support SLI, so there is no SLI connector.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Size

For those already measuring their cases to see if the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition will fit, we measured the card and added the measurements for your convenience.

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1060 is “technically” a 7″ long card, but its cooler extends 7.5 cm or 2.95″ beyond the PCB.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Specification Comparison

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP106
CUDA Cores256019201280
Textures Per Clock16012080
Pixels Per Clock646448
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s120.5~136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s72.3~82.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)
$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

 

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