In this GTX 1060 AMD equivalent article, we look at several AMD budget options to help you decide which AMD GPU you should get.
The GTX 1060 exists in two variants, the 6 GB and the 3 GB variant. In this review, we will concentrate on the 6 GB version as it is more future proof, and because most AMD graphics cards in this range have 4 GB V-RAM and above. Find out which AMD graphics card is at par with the GeForce GTX 1060.
The GTX 1060 history with AMD cards
When the mid-range GTX 1060 was launched into the market by Nvidia on 19th July 2016. It competed directly with the AMD Radeon RX 480 which had been released less than a month before, on 29th June 2016.
This went on until April 2017 when AMD revisited the fight with the AMD Radeon RX 580, basically a redesigned RX 480. In November, AMD took the fight to Nvidia again by releasing the Radeon RX 590 which crushed the GTX 1060 in all aspects except power consumption and heat produced. However, the RX 590 does not qualify as a 1060 equivalent as it is clearly a superior card.
The GeForce GTX 1060 specifications
GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and is manufactured in the 16 nm process using the Pascal architecture. The GTX 1060 chip features 1280 shader units and runs at a core clock speed of 1506 MHz with the boost clock reaching up to 1708 MHz.
The GTX 1060 features a maximum memory of 6 GB GDDR5 type. Although, it also exists in a 3 GB version. The 3 GB version is less future proof as more demanding games require at least 4 GB V-RAM and it is only likely to increase in the future. The memory speed is 8000 MHz through a 192-bit interface, the total bandwidth is 192 GB/s.
AMD equivalent specifications
The true GTX 1060 AMD equivalent is the Radeon RX 580. It is built on the same core as the RX 480 with mostly the same features. The 580 has the same 2304 shader units, 32 render output units and 144 texture mapping units.
The RX 580 also features the same amount and type of memory. It has 8 GB GDDR5 although there is a 4 GB variant available. The only differences between the RX 580 and the RX 480 are the adjustments made to the base design to enable it to have higher clock speeds. The RX 580 features a core clock speed of 1257 MHz with the boost reaching to 1340 MHz, compared to the RX 480’s 1120 MHz and 1266 boost speed.
Benchmarks, does the GTX 1060 beat the RX 580?
On the synthetic benchmarks, the RX 580 beats the 1060 by an average of 1%. Moreover, if factored for error, the performance is basically the same.
The GTX 1060 has 5% faster multi-rendering in the MRender benchmark and 28% faster peak complex splatting in the Splatting benchmark. The RX 580 has 33% better texture detail in the Parallax benchmark.
In the gaming benchmarks, the two GPUs trade bows in various games and on average. The GTX beats the RX 580 by a slight 5% according to benchmarks by the UserBenchmark. In Fortnite the 1060 provides 101 fps against 91, 61 fps vs 56 fps in GTA V. While, the 580 takes the lead on the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with 64 fps vs 58 fps and 74 fps vs 70 fps in Battlefield 1.
The performance between the two GPUs is the same. The difference is that the AMD Radeon is a newer card and the GTX 1060 consumes less power for the same performance. (120 watts vs 185 watts).
Overall, both cards are pretty good and you will be good to go with either one you choose. Hope you found our GTX 1060 AMD equivalent guide helpful. If you have any question regarding this topic, ask in the comments and we will answer.