Bigger. Better. Faster. Shinier. More Frames!

I recently purchased an NVidia GTX 1060 for my primary gaming rig. Prior to that, I was running an old Radeon HD 7850. This jump should have been a no-brainer, but I agonized for months about what new GPU to buy.

GTX 1060 or RX 480?

Based on my gaming history and behavior, I determined NVidia’s GTX 1060 and AMD’s RX 480 as my best options for a new card. After researching performance benchmarks across multiple titles, I landed in the NVidia camp. At that point, I started a new round of decision making between the 1060 and 1070 cards.

The 1070 wasn’t in the mix before, so where did it come from? I couldn’t escape the specter of “more!”

Decision Paralysis in Buying a New GPU

GPU technology moves fast. There’s constantly the shadow of a more powerful something looming. I hemmed and hawed for months, knowing that the GTX 1060 perfectly suited for my needs but unable to escape the “what ifs” of imagined behavior. What if I started playing more demanding games that the 1060 couldn’t handle? What if I suddenly picked up a hobby that was more GPU intensive?

In the end, I determined I could come up with stuff I might do forever; in reality I’m not doing any of it and the more powerful card wasn’t needed.


Latest GPU Benchmarks from PassMark

Radeon RX 480 VS. Nvidia GTX 1060 game performance


Comments & Conversation


  • jax45 says:

    I had this myself for the longest time buying my R9 380 last year. I had an HD 7770 so the jump made sense, but I kept telling myself it’d be inadequate and a waste of cash.

    • Phil/Poly says:

      I hear ya. How did you feel about the new card after you finally pulled the trigger? Did you dig it and feel cool with it and see big improvements? There have been a couple times in the past when I’ve upgraded some component in my rig and was totally disappointed, which sucks all the more. I bet that 7770 to the R9 architecture was pretty solid.

  • Justin says:

    This makes me want a Titan X. Anyone have $1,000 I can borrow?