AMD Radeon RX 560 vs GTX 1060 Comparison Review

In this article, we compare the AMD Radeon RX 560 vs GTX 1060 graphics cards to help you get the card that will offer you the best value.

Nvidia and AMD’s war to produce the best graphics card has been going on for decades, Nvidia is mostly known for its powerful GPUs while AMD controls the mid and lower market with its budget-friendly graphics cards. How do two GPUs from both companies in the same range compare to each other? Read on!

AMD Radeon RX 560

The RX 560 is a mainstream GPU from AMD that was launched in April 2017. The 560 sits closer to the lower end of the Radeon RX 500 series. Bridging the performance gap between modern AAA titles and the less demanding eSports. The 560 is capable of running the eSports at maximum settings at decent framerates in HD. In lower settings, it is also fast enough to have a stab at more demanding titles.

Right now, there are many versions of the RX 560 in the market. There are the initial 2 GB and 4 GB variants at launch, overclocked and stock speeds variants and some models with additional PCI Express power and others without.

The GPU offers 1024 shaders and it is clocked at 1157 MHz with the boost going up to 1275 MHz.  However, only the cards with the PCI Express power input are able to reach these speeds consistently. The GPU is fitted with 4 GB GDDR5 memory running at 7000 MHz, connected via a 128-bit bus interface. The GPU has 112.0 GB/s memory bandwidth. Only consider the 4 GB models of the RX 560 because the 2 GB variants do not have enough VRAM for 1080p gaming.

The main competitors to the RX 560 come from NVidia’s GTX 1050, 1050 3 GB and the 1050 Ti versions.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The GTX 1060 is the single most popular GPU right now. It was released in July 2016 and is the mid-range GPU in Nvidia’s GTX 10’ series. The card is manufactured in 16 nm process using the smaller GP106 chip. The GP106 chip is only used in the GTX 1060, the higher end cards use the GP104 while the GP107 is used in the entry-level graphics cards.

The GTX 1060 offers 1280 shaders, it is clocked at 1506 MHz for the base clock and 1708 MHz for the boost. It is equipped with 6 GB GDDR5 RAM clocked at 8000 MHz via a 192-bit bus width. The GTX 1060 also exists in a 3 GB model with 128 fewer shaders.

Benchmarks

The benchmark results by the UserBenchmark for the AMD Radeon RX 560 vs GTX 1060 show that the Nvidia card is up to two times faster than the AMD card. In Fortnite, max settings at 1080p, the GTX 1060 6 GB averages at 102 fps while the RX 560 provides 54 fps. In GTA V, the GTX 1060 averages at 61 fps while the 560 provides 47 fps and 184 fps in League of Legends compared to 123 fps by the RX 560.

Verdict

The GTX 1060 is a powerful card than the RX 560. It has more shaders, higher bandwidth, clock speeds and it is VR Ready. It also provides up to twice the performance of the RX 560. The RX 560 is less power hungry (75 vs 120 watts) and cheaper. Hope our AMD Radeon RX 560 vs GTX 1060 comparison was helpful. If you still have any questions regarding this topic, ask in the comments and we shall answer.