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I'm in a bit of a pickle.

I'm trying to decide which graphics card to buy, but it seems like no matter where I look, each site has a completely different answer. I'm trying to decide between an Nvidia 1060 (6GB) and an AMD 480 (8GB). I'm currently using an AMD 7950, and while it's nice, it runs a bit hot and is very loud.

Ideally, I'd like to spend $250-$270 on something quiet and that can handle most games I send it's way on decent settings. I've had my 7950 for 3 years, and want to upgrade, but don't want to regret buying one or the other. 5-10 FPS difference isn't going to be a huge difference for me, I'm more concerned about noise and power consumption.

Keep in mind I'm using a 144hz monitor and a 1920x1080 display. I'm not using SLI either. I'm leaning more towards the Nvidia, because AMD drivers can be a pain, but the AMD card looks like the better buy in the longer run. Anyone got any suggestions?
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1748?vs=1722

Based on that (it's an HD 7970 vs RX 480), I would say that either the RX 480 or GTX 1060 will be a very good upgrade. You're looking at roughly double the performance from what you have right now.

RX 480 seems to be overpriced at the moment. Here's the Newegg search results.

The GTX 1060 will consume less power and be less noisy.

GTX 1060 search (Newegg)

If it were my money, I'd get the GTX 1060 6GB card.
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Just make sure if you get a 1060 to get a 6GB card NOT a 3GB one.
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Asking a simple question like AMD vs Nvidia is gonna cause a fan boy war lachen.gif. Really you gotta pick a balance between, drivers, games, heat, performance, power, price, sound.

Drivers: Always debated about, personally I've used both Nvidia and AMD and haven't really had massive problems with either. Not totally sure if AMD supports there cards longer than Nvidia but maybe.

Games: This is the big one people like to ignore, if your playing more AMD games like Battlefield, Deus Ex etc than AMD could be a better buy but if your playing Nvidia games Far Cry, GTA etc than Nvidia could be a better buy.

Heat: Nvidia wins in most cases because AMD uses more power.

Performance: Out of the 1060 and the 480 in most reviews I've seen the 1060 ahead but it's hard to get non bias reviews these days, as long as you can get the 6GB version VRAM wont be an issues (shouldn't be an issue).

Power: Nvidia wins here, they normally pull less power which in turn means less heat.

Price: AMD will almost always be cheaper than Nvidia & Intel because they have to be (3rd party coolers etc bump the price up).

Sound: This is really down to 3rd party cards, Asus, EVGA, Sapphire, MSI etc, they all have different coolers but most cards are quiet enough.

But... seeing you said price and power are a big issue and you said you find AMD drivers a pain, probably Nvidia if the 1060 is actually cheaper. Either card will do 1080P pretty well in any case.

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The GTX 1060 is going to consume less power and most likely produce less noise. MSI's Gaming heatsink design is especially impressive when it comes to noise.

You should also consider Freesync and Gsync. Freesync doesn't add cost to monitors while Gsync adds a significant price premium because of the module and the Nvidia Tax. Don't underestimate how nice a variable refresh rate monitor can be.
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I like the PowerColor RED DEVIL RX480 it runs pretty cool and cost less then other options and just looks awesome :wubsmiley 

 

Also I like the EVGA 1060 SC its a smaller card but still had a higher core clock then other 1060s


Edited by ozlay - 8/31/16 at 8:15pm
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Don't worry about AMD drivers, depending on who you ask and what issues nvidia is getting in trouble more than AMD. Really though, I doubt either will be perfect nor will either be that much better than the other in the overall picture.

It really depends on the price you get those cards, the games you will play and are interested in, how long you will keep it.... Also realize that without DX12 lowering cpu load you're gonna run into a bunch of games that will NEVER reach a stable 144 fps or possibly anything close to it. In general, MSRP vs performance, AMD is a good option in the short term and an even better option in the long term but again...use case scenarios. Freesync will make the deal sweeter if you haven't committed to a monitor already. However, you'll see less cpu load for 99% of DX11 if you have nvidia, but at the same time, a cpu penalty in DX12 *relative to* AMD. Even with a fancy i7 and an nvidia gpu, DX11 can/will cap your higher framerates.

Also make sure to use tools like nowinstock.net . Availability is kinda bad for either or so it's said.

hmm...now that I think about it, 1060 will be cooler and quieter if that's the main issue; though I bet either will work as long as it's a proper aftermarket solution.
Edited by LAKEINTEL - 9/1/16 at 1:21am
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The only thing that is really stopping me from recommending the RX 480 is price. At the moment, the only price you can find the RX 480 8GB is the same as the GTX 1060 6GB card, and the GTX 1060 is slightly faster.
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post #9 of 12
Amd drivers are fine.but depending on the games it can be better on 1060 6GB or RX 480
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Thanks for all the answers, sorry for the late response!

I think I may go with Nvidia, to change things up. Also the lower power consumption and noise really add to it. I'm guessing 2GB of VRAM isn't that big of a deal.
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