I feel discussing power consumption between two cards when the difference is 30-40W is splitting hairs. If you are basing your $240-$300 PC part purchase on this difference in power draw, then you are in an elitist group of pinchers.
Anyone who expected AMD's architecture to match NGreedia's in power consumption was high on several substances and swayed by bad rumors from bad websites. NGreedia already held a lead in Maxwell, and both companies essentially shrank the architecture by 50%....Not-So-Common Sense reigns supreme once again
AMD did deliver massive efficiency gains, but they're still using a derivative of GCN from several years ago which is why:
A) They continue to kick ass in the modern APIs (B) They are not as efficient.
Someone mentioned the amount of R&D that NGreedia spends...it is massive compared to AMD, so obviously they will have a leg up.
Whomever said R.I.P. AMD...do this thread a favor, buy a 1060 and take your negativity elsewhere.
I'm surprised the nay-sayers haven't said something about Ngreedia overclocking better, which is generally not the case. TPU showed an 8% overclock on the MSI Gaming 1060 which has a vastly superior cooler and an 8-pin connector. My reference 480 got a 7% overclock without extra voltage; as is the case with many of the reference cards. Watch what happens when the AIB 480s come around; they will easily match the Nvidia gains.
Since Nvidia has been implementing various versions of their Boost technology, the actual gains in overclocking are not that big..they just seem big if you look at the original base clock and then maximum boost clock...which isn't comparing the same thing. At least TPU lays it out correctly stating the actual OC is 8%.
I am as disappointed as anyone with NGreedia rushing the 1060 to market, but as others have said the stock is gone except the vastly overpriced ones all gone now from what I can tell.
AIB cards will be out soon and then it will at least be a fair fight in the review world. Wherein it will likely end up being a toss-up in many scenarios like we have seen so many times in the past...With the exception of true DX12 titles and Vulkan where AMD obviously excels, and power consumption where NGreedia will continue to shine.
With a little luck, AMD saved most of the stock for AIBs to craft their cards.
- Rant Over