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