The Graphics cards wars for the year have begun in swinging fashion but it seems like the RX 480 by AMD is far behind now with potential issues and of course the GTX 1060 in route.
At the end of June AMD released the much anticipated RX 480, the budget entry card for VR with promised potential of half of the GTX 1080’s power. I mean wasn’t that what they were advertising? Two RX 480’s equaling to One GTX 1080 and being cheaper while it’s at it?
There’s a problem though, the performance does not seem to be what it was intended to be, and many reviewers are already stating that the draw power for the RX 480 is way higher then stated.
How so? Well it seems the RX 480 is drawing way too much power from the motherboards PCI slot which can be a problem for people who have budget motherboards, cause that could literally short or fry your motherboard.
We were really hyped about the RX 480 and it was looking like the go to card, but the usual AMD heating and power issues which of course AMD have acknowledged are looking into the matter and the performance is a little better if not similar to the AMD R9 390.
The best U turn for us from the RX 480 is the leak and announcement of the GTX 1060, as mentioned before with some specs here.
Here’s the full leaked or rumored specs.
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)||Pascal GP106|
|Fabrication Process||16nm FinFET|
|Boost Clock||~1700 MHz|
|Max. Compute Performance||~4.4 TFLOPs|
|Memory Configuration||6GB GDDR5|
|Memory Speed||2000 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||192 GB/s|
|Launch Date||July 2016|
If the GTX 1060 really does work and provide the same graphical output as the GTX 980, then it surely it should be called the RX 480 killer. The only issue or actual bafflement is why Nvidia is choosing to go with a 3/6GB version whereas the new standard norm of 4/8GB versions and not to forget that these are all rumors for now as this information is leaked and not considered official.
NOTE : Nvidia has not officially said that the GTX 1060 is equal to the GTX 980.
Well nonetheless it seems like I’m staying on the Nvidia bandwagon. At least until its reviewed and is less than $250, we have to wait till the mid of July though but if AMD addresses these issues the RX 480 may still be best budget gaming card out there even after the release of the GTX 1060.