Poll: Are you planning to upgrade to a GTX 1060 or RX 480?

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 is available now, and it's joining a heated battle with AMD's Radeon RX 480 in the $200-$250 price range. Both of these cards appear to deliver as much as twice the performance as a GeForce GTX 960-class card did at launch for about the same amount of money. While it feels like much longer, the GeForce GTX 960 came out just about a year and a half ago, and AMD's Radeon R9 380X has been out for just about nine months. Assuming you bought one of those cards at launch, it's not been a long time to have either one in your PC, and more recent midrange builders who chose those cards may not have had them for more than a few months.

Considering that relatively short window of availability, we're curious how the GTX 1060 and RX 480 look to folks jonesing for an upgrade, and even folks looking at building new PCs. Do the GTX 1060 or RX 480 offer enough performance for you to make the jump? Is that GTX 960 or R9 380X—or even an older card—you have in your system today still doing fine? Or are these cards still too rich for your blood? AMD's more affordable Radeon RX 470 is still in the pipe, and we'd imagine that a hypothetical GeForce GTX 1050 or similar product is on its way to answer AMD's next entry-level card. Perhaps those future options are more appealing.

While both custom and reference GeForce GTX 1060s are available now, we're still waiting on custom-cooled Radeon RX 480s to hit store shelves—hence the distinction in the poll below. Whatever the case may be, let us know what you're thinking with your vote.

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    • Ifalna
    • 3 years ago

    Poll option missing:
    Neither the 1060 nor the 480 have enough power to appear sort of “future proof”.

    I’m aiming for sth in the 1070 region… IF that thing should ever drop down from the 500€+ price point.

    I’ll decide when the scarcity thing is passé and prices have settled.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      According to what? And for how long? I think they’ll be just fine on 1080p for at least three years, being around what even the future console iterations target.

        • Ifalna
        • 3 years ago

        Sure, but if I decide to go 1440p or even 4K a year from now I can buy yet another card.

    • Kaleid
    • 3 years ago

    Getting a costum 480 with 8-pin and still gonna change the cooler to Arctic Cooling S3 because it will still be better than the custom coolers.

    Minor upgrade, about +30% performance from 280x but I’ll have more RAM, lower power usage and freesync.

    • basket687
    • 3 years ago

    I will keep my GTX 960 for at least 2 more years.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Jeff, I just found that I could vote more than once if I used a different device. Of course I was logged in in both cases. I think you guys need to fix that otherwise the results can and will get skewed.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    Both the RX 480 and GTX 1060 are minimal upgrades from my current desktop R9 290X.

    What *IS* exciting is that mobile Pascal parts should offer similar performance in a laptop form factor, allowing me to sell off my current desktop and current (870M) laptop for one compact unit that actually has decent battery life.

    Unfortunately, my current FreeSync MG279Q isn’t compatible with mobile Pascal (because Nvidia is greedy), so it would have to be a desktop/laptop/monitor swap all at once…

      • cjcj11
      • 3 years ago

      this^

      im planning to do the exact same thing, i have one of those bulky 17 inch msi gaming laptops, and has a gtx 960m in it, battery life is just disgusting and performance is alright. and then portability is also crap. i would love to sell all my stuff and get the new razer blade, but no way is that happening when mobile pascal chips could be around the corner. I just have to do this all in a timely fashion in between semesters, otherwise id be screwed. hell i woudlnt even have the time to try to sell my stuff. and then have the money to pour in to get the laptop after that because resale value is crap

    • Zizy
    • 3 years ago

    Will buy something new for Civ6, but AOW3 and Civ5 don’t require a new GPU (7950 atm) just yet.

    • travbrad
    • 3 years ago

    Nope. I already have a 970 which a 480 is pretty much equal to. 1060 is only a small upgrade from a 970 and right now actually costs MORE than I paid for my 970 a year ago, due to the Founders Edition tax.

    Most games still run fine on my 970 as well. The games I have the biggest performance problems with right now are actually poorly threaded games that only use 2 CPU cores which a faster GPU won’t help with.

    GTX 1070 would be appealing if it was anywhere near the non-FE MSRP but it’s not (even 2 months after it was released) and I’m not sure if that will change until Nvidia actually has some competition in the form of Vega. I’ll probably end up buying a 1070/Vega equivalent if they ever hit reasonable prices…which at this rate may be when the 1160 or 1170 is released.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Who cares about buying one, [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=118247<]let's vote on getting a TR review of one.[/url<]

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      +1. That’s quite decent of you.

    • jts888
    • 3 years ago

    How about, “Where are the HBM2 cards I recall being promised for June 2016?”

    I feel like the blame for the actual delay lies at the feet of the Koreans, but the announcements that Polaris/consumer Pascal would be GDDR5(X) only came way too late IMO.

    • bowman
    • 3 years ago

    None of the above, I am waiting for Vega.

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      I thought Polaris the north star is quite a bit larger than Vega?!?!?

      [url<]http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0006/10polaris/illustration.jpg[/url<] Who comes up with these naming schemes 😕

    • wingless
    • 3 years ago

    I have a GTX 980 and a 1080p 144hz G-sync display. I’m having a hard time justifying more graphics horsepower for what I play 🙁

    I don’t take screenshots so a 1060 is useless to me.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]I don't take screenshots so a 1060 is useless to me.[/quote<] Ansel works on Maxwell (900 series, 750) cards too.

    • w76
    • 3 years ago

    Where was the “I can’t say because SOME JERKS HAVEN’T SENT TR A REVIEW SAMPLE YET?!” option?

    • credible
    • 3 years ago

    I have a 1440p and the most I seem to play lately is Wow and even that has not been much but an xpac is coming.

    I have a 970 and I know its enough but my boys need a new card’s’ so I’m guessing a 1060 will be just fine for me and maybe grab a red team offering to help fight the good fight.

    • dikowexeyu
    • 3 years ago

    The 1060 is too slow, and the 1070 too expensive.

    Something in the middle is needed.

      • NovusBogus
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe this will be the year they finally do another in-between x60 Ti product? I run 1920×1200 so neither card is a particularly good fit.

        • kvndoom
        • 3 years ago

        Doom (newest game I currently have) runs fine on High setting at 2400×1350 on my GTX970. I haven’t really played around with Ultra much because I can’t see much difference. Maybe tonight I will test its performance on highest detail settings.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Get the GTX 1065.

    • Arvald
    • 3 years ago

    I just updated to the R9-380 not so long ago. Need for an update.

    • kvndoom
    • 3 years ago

    Just bought a GTX970, it will be 2 years or more before I need better.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    I vote for Gouda Cheese.

      • Redocbew
      • 3 years ago

      No potato, no deal.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Why? Because there’s no Meh option.

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    Don’t mean to hi-jack a thread, BUT………..does anyone have or used a 4k monitor that scales nicely to 1080 for gaming??

    (and unrelated I haven’t seen auxy lately, did she get the ban hammer??)

      • Prion
      • 3 years ago

      +1 free the kaomoji generator

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      Asus PB287Q. I run in 4K for normal use and play games at 1080. It’s doesn’t look terrible, but I don’t game alot nor many titles (Blizzard stuff mostly).

      (Last comments I saw from auxy were 1 or 2 notches beyond standard comment arguments)

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah. I expect her to comment on a graphics related article and call people stupid and all those emoticons.

    • USAFTW
    • 3 years ago

    I’m waiting for custom RX480s and stable prices to build a modest skylake rig. The way nvidia GPUs have aged and the GTX 1060 Vulcan/DX12 performance is a bit underwhelming, especially the HardOCP tests of 1060 vs. RX480.

    • [+Duracell-]
    • 3 years ago

    I bought an RX 480 because I didn’t have a card, but I’m using it as a stopgap for when higher-end AMD cards come out. Then I’ll probably purchase either the high-end AMD cards or a 1070/1080/1080ti.

    • moose17145
    • 3 years ago

    R9 290 still seems to be playing everything I have just fine on maxed settings. Granted my monitor “only” does 1920×1200 60hz fixed refresh rate, so it’s not like I am pushing 4k or something crazy with it.

      • Concupiscence
      • 3 years ago

      Outside of power consumption the RX 480 would be a marginal upgrade anyway. I wouldn’t sweat it for now.

        • moose17145
        • 3 years ago

        What is funny is that I just replaced the core system around that videocard, and the videocard was one of the things i “recycled” into the new build from the old system. (also recycled were a bunch of hard drives, case/fans, and power supply).

        Too many new videocards coming out right this instant. I will give it a few months to settle down and for everyone to get their new hotnesses out and then I will make a decision from there based upon performance per dollar spent. I will say this though, upgrading everything else around the videocard seemed to smooth things out a bit (it wasn’t bad before, but it just feels smoother now even with the same videocard being reused from the old rig… or it’s all jut a placebo effect…)

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          With a 290 id skip this gen totally. It is fast enough for almost everything on max, and unless you’re upgrading to 4k and really have money to burn it’ll handle everything.

            • moose17145
            • 3 years ago

            That is kind of what I am thinking at this point.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            Radeon R9-290 has held up very well.

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            Yeah. Since the 480 is basically a cooler 290 it’s a decent speed. Looking for similar performance in this second pc I’m building.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 3 years ago

    Keeping hold of my SLI GTX 970’s seeing as they are still roughly as fast* as the GTX 1080 in my friends system:

    [url<]http://www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/67986/spy/44131[/url<] *Assuming SLI actually does it's thing. 😉

      • Shobai
      • 3 years ago

      I guess you’d be hoping that developers jump on DX12 and multi adaptor?

    • Acidicheartburn
    • 3 years ago

    My 7870 does me just fine. Plays nearly all but the most recent titles on high or very high. Few exceptions include Battlefiled 4, Far Cry 4, Dying Light, Witcher 3, and that horribly optimized Fallout 4. Everything else I play the card still handles like a champ. I don’t see enough reason to upgrade to a 1060 or RX 480 from here, despite both cards falling in my price bracket.

      • cjcj11
      • 3 years ago

      yeah ive got the r9 290 which is essentially double the 7870 in one card, even that in far cry 4 is really hard on it, mild overclock and still cant really turn up all the settings but AA put all the way to the second highest. Looks absolutely beautiful, but wish i could turn up just a few more settings and keep the 60 fps, the 1060 might be the card for me with that improvement bu tmost of all the power consumption, using less than half of my card. the r9 290 has a tdp of like 300 watts or something like that, and it literally just blows really really hot air straight into my room, and its actually pretty terrible how much heat it produces. but yeah as of writing this i remembered that my 290 was one of the first reference ones that are actually 290x’s with disabled cores, theres a bios flash that can unlock it, that might be my little extra performance im looking for at the moment. but i still want to get a laptop with a movile 1070 or 1080 in something like the body of a razer blade, then i can officially get rid of my desktop.

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    I want a reference 4gb 480 so i can try to unlock it. Idc about noise and my psu and mobo are decent enough idc about power.

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      If anyone sees a 4gb reference 480 available to ship to Canada, pm me!

        • anotherengineer
        • 3 years ago

        Will do girlfriend………….

        Don’t want an old HD4850?

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          Nope. Thanks though, love

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    The 4GB RX480 is selling for £180
    The 6GB 1060 is selling for £240

    Given that 96.5% of all gamers use 1080p or lower according to the Steam hardware survey, both cards are overkill but the AMD one saves you £60 ($85).

    If you’re playing at 1440p, 1440p ultrawide, or 4K, neither card is ideal. To make the comparison, people were happy with the GTX970, and if they needed more power, the GTX980 was not the answer, they needed to buy a 980Ti.

    In this case, if an RX480 isn’t enough, the next logical step is a GTX1070 (or heavily discounted 980Ti)

    • Vaughn
    • 3 years ago

    Considering the RX480 since its close the minimum 50% performance improvement I require before upgrading. I’m currently on a 7970Ghz at 1200p which has been holding up fine. Since I’m still on a x58 platform I may push an upgrade here first then wait to see what Vega has to offer.

    • Demetri
    • 3 years ago

    I’m hoping some custom 4GB 480s show up by the end of the month so I can hop on that $25 off $200 or more deal that Newegg is running when you use PayPal. I was thinking 470, but if I can get a 480 for 175 I’ll take that instead.

    • selfnoise
    • 3 years ago

    My own poll option would read:

    “I’m waiting on the ability to just buy one of these things with a decent cooler close to MSRP without watching nowinstock.net like a hawk because I have a life. I don’t even care which one”

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Hey Jeff, I don’t have an exact arrival date but Newegg has taken my order for the Zotac mini1060 (ZT-P10600A-10L) and it’s in packaging now.

    PM me and let me know if you are interested in reviewing it. I can ship it anywhere in CONUS once it arrives here.

    • willmore
    • 3 years ago

    I will likely be upgrading to an RX480 or GTX1060, but that answer is missing–even though it’s the title of the poll.

    I’m waiting to see trusted reviews of AIB versions of the cards and a more mature than ‘at launch’ driver. We’ve seen too many issues show up a few weeks after a launch–both in the hardware and the driver–to fully trust things at launch.

    Kids don’t go back to school until mid August, so I have time for things to mature before I will start needing to make a decision on what to do.

    BTW, my choice is slightly more complex because I have a non-standard resolution 2560×1080 monitor. So the “good enough for 1080p” doesn’t quite cut it with this monitor.

    • dragosmp
    • 3 years ago

    I have a pretty old but perfectly OK Phenom II… with the considerable age of my motherboard I don’t intend to risk placing an RX480 4GB in; the 6GB 1060 seems nice, but 50$-100$ more. If the RX470 comes at 150$ and is more or less 80% as fast as the 480 and 80% the power draw, that’s the card for me.

    BTW, I do have a 1080p monitor, hence my using a PhenomII and not needing to rebuild the PC in the last few years; if I were to upgrade it to a nice 25×14 144Hz panel I may go for a full system rebuild, but so far I can’t a good excuse to do it.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      I have a friend with a Phenom II and a Radeon 280X. The Phenom II is a serious bottleneck for gaming – the last LAN we were at the guy next to him was getting better gameplay out of an old HD7850 which is barely half the graphics card of a 280X. The difference? He was running an Ivy bridge i5.

      If you’re a gamer, ditch that Phenom II before you spend money on anything else. You’re doing yourself and any other upgrades a disservice if you don’t.

        • USAFTW
        • 3 years ago

        Exactly right. I saw the exact thing on a friend’s PC.The guy kept upgrading from a 5870 to a 580 to a 7970, barely saw any performance increase.
        A modern i5/i7 is the minimum you would consider if you are planning to buy any modern GPU for gaming.

      • gerryg
      • 3 years ago

      I have a Phenom III with R7 260X. Getting long in the tooth, but still plays great with CS:GO, slither.io, and … uh… I guess I don’t play much else. 😉 Sigh, the free time of a working man with a family just isn’t enough. Anyhoo, I’m thinking RX 470 or RX 480 for a new build this Thanksgiving/Christmas season. My son is interested in developing VR games, and if we get a VR set then heck if I’m not going to buy games to play on it! So need some decent horsepower for that.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]with the considerable age of my motherboard I don't intend to risk placing an RX480 4GB in[/quote<] What risk? PC Perspective: [url<]http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Radeon-RX-480-Power-Consumption-Concerns-Fixed-1671-Driver[/url<] "I no longer believe that consumers should be worried about the stability of their PCs running the RX 480 with the 16.7.1 driver installed." Tom's Hardware: [url<]http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-radeon-rx-480-polaris-power-fix,review-33600.html[/url<] AMD really delivered on a driver update that overrides the BIOS defaults to relieve the motherboard slot without a performance loss, and with only a slight increase in total power consumption. This was really well done, and we have to wonder why the Radeon RX 480 wasn’t configured this way originally. There's even a compatibility mode that offers strict compatibility for a very minor drop in performance. I'd also say 80% is optimistic for the 470. For comparison the previous range differences were around 70-75% between cards.

      • Concupiscence
      • 3 years ago

      Given the Phenom II’s weak per-clock performance, the 1060’s probably a smarter buy due to its lower driver overhead outside of DX12/Vulkan use cases. That said neither card would be a poor choice, their performance is reliably close, and both would get a new lease on life if you built a new rig.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 3 years ago

    Do we know why RX 480 is constantly sold out? I really doubt demand is that high. I’d say 14nm yield issues or some other production problem.

      • selfnoise
      • 3 years ago

      Have you seen Amazon lately? People are buying these cards up at MSRP the instant they become available and then reselling them at silly markups.

      I’m a little frustrated because I have a substantial credit at B&H but it doesn’t seem like they’re ever going to have decent models in stock at this rate.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, a total rip off. But why such a sudden demand? I know there’s still GPU mining going on but it’s nowhere near the 2013 levels. VR maybe?

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          Vr isn’t even a thing yet in terms of market share. Pretty sure it is just low production.

            • nanoflower
            • 3 years ago

            There’s more production than for the 1070/1080 but not quite enough to meet demand. Especially when you consider much of the GPUs/memory must be going into the AIB custom cooler cards that should be coming out soon. I suspect most of the production is going to those cards over the reference since the custom cards to be the better sellers once both are available.

          • ET3D
          • 3 years ago

          It’s an inflection point in performance / price, so I’m sure a lot of people who’ve been waiting for a decent card for a decent price want them. A coworker of mine will be getting two RX 480 (for his kids’ PC’s) when it’s possible to get them for $200.

          Personally I’ve been wanting Bristol Ridge for my HTPC and annoyingly there’s no peep from AMD about that.

    • bfar
    • 3 years ago

    Resisted the temptation to vote – I totally caved and bought a GTX 1080 last week. It’s been three years since my last GPU upgrade, so I’m just a fool rather than a total fool

    Edit: I also can’t spell

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      A fool who can’t spell?

      Congrats on the GTX purchase and hope you get the chance to enjoy it.

    • rudimentary_lathe
    • 3 years ago

    The RX 470 will probably do me just fine at 1080p as I wait for 1440p gaming to get more inexpensive. I might splurge on a custom RX 480 if they impress and aren’t much more than reference. For the amount I play, I can’t justify $850 CAD for a 1440p FreeSync monitor plus $550 CAD for a GTX 1070/980Ti needed to drive it.

    Edit: And I’ll probably wait until Black Friday by which time the mid-range picture should be clarified and most/all custom cards should be readily available at non-gouging prices.

      • CScottG
      • 3 years ago

      Yup. Wait until early November to early December – discounts should be available by then.

      Note: the 1060 also does “FreeSync”/Adaptive Sync. (EDIT: wrong, it’s still just G-Sync.)

      Another reason for the delay might also be an RX 480 with a power section that will allow substantial overclocking. (..overclocking on both cards is pretty “lack-luster”, and in the case of the 480 – currently bad for motherboard stability).

      Also – don’t forget that the monitor isn’t just about gaming. A nice large monitor can be more useful in general.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<]Note: the 1060 also does "FreeSync"/Adaptive Sync.[/quote<] Do you have a source you can share for that?

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, AFAIK that statement is completely false.

            • CScottG
            • 3 years ago

            My bad. I was confusing async and adaptive sync. Too many damn sync’s.

            • Flapdrol
            • 3 years ago

            Don’t forget about fast sync. 😛

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            G-sync?

    • LocalCitizen
    • 3 years ago

    i’m waiting for the 1050. i suspect it will have close to 970 performance while using only 75w. ie PCIe powered without external power.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Surprised the poll is missing options for 1070/1080, for folks who want more power than midrange offers. Or waiting for Vega.

    Went 1070 recently, newegg said part was back-ordered, bu it shipped out the next day (maybe I was just lucky).

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      Or “I’m not fine with what I have and I will not be upgrading to a GTX 1060 or RX 480.”

      • TheRazorsEdge
      • 3 years ago

      I was scrolling down to say this myself.

      I’m waiting to see Vega, then I’ll decide between the GP104 and Vega variants.

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    Casual gamer and older games at that. Waiting for the RX470/GTX1050. Heck still playing the original borderlands that’s frame capped at 60 fps :/

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      I love the original Borderlands. It never gets old.

        • anotherengineer
        • 3 years ago

        Especially with a group of buddies. I usually mute the BL music, keep the sound effects on and we skype. More time messing around with the dune buggies than anything.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, those cards are the segment I usually aim for. On a GTX 750Ti currently, and I’d like to replace it with a card that has similarly low power requirements. Won’t upgrade before the end of the year, but probably early next.

      • TheMonkeyKing
      • 3 years ago

      Really? After play uhm, a bunch, of hours on B2, I tried to go back to B1. The graphics didn’t age well in my opinion.

    • MrDweezil
    • 3 years ago

    Is there a 480x/490 coming from AMD, or is this as far up the performance ladder they plan to go? Right now they don’t have anything to offer someone who already has a 970.

      • Jalebi
      • 3 years ago

      That have Vega 10 and 11 coming which is a competitir to both the gtx 1080 and the unannounced Titan P. It’s rumoured to launch in October many rumours, but also rumoured to launch in early 2017. Maybe small vague to battle 1080 comes out on October and the bigger one on early 2017?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      There is talk of a “490” that could be one of two things:
      1. It’s one type of Vega, in which case it’s January of next year at the earliest.

      2. It’s a dual-GPU card that’s using two Polaris chips [my guess would be something similar to two Rx 470 chips]. That could launch much sooner.

    • KeillRandor
    • 3 years ago

    Not yet – I need to upgrade the rest of my computer first – (still running an i7 920 w/ 8GB RAM atm) – though my Radeon 7850 will need upgrading at some point…

    • Mad_Dane
    • 3 years ago

    The option I would chose is not there, I’m not buying anything from this generation before all the cards in the stack is released and the prices has normalized!

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Is it true that from now on Nvidia will force you to log in to use custom game profiles or something? This log in thing is the pits, if it’s true. And if anything, will probably push a lot of folks away from NV.

      • rahulahl
      • 3 years ago

      In the end, I dont think people really care enough about making a login to get updates.
      People like us might get annoyed at it, but a typical consumer who updates their drivers wouldn’t care.

    • sirsoffrito
    • 3 years ago

    While not technically for me, I’m upgrading the fiance’s GTX 560 with a 1060. Already got it on order. I would have gone with an RX 480, but I haven’t found one of the darned things that would fit in her mini-itx case. Needed a card 8.5″ or shorter in order to fit. The EVGA 1060 specs say around 6.5″, and the price was right. I haven’t heard anything official about when RX 480 non reference boards were coming, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I’m a bit surprised to see the RX 480 ‘speculatively’ outsell the 1060, given that the 1060 is supposed to deliver roughly the same performance depending on which game at a lower TDP and similar price points (barring the Jensen Edition). I’d go for the RX 480 myself, but that’s only because I have an affinity for AMD and Polaris just seems like a nicer (if less advanced) architecture than Pascal. I’d go for 1060 if I’m impartial to both companies, however.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      >Jensen Edition

      I like it. Using it.

      • rechicero
      • 3 years ago

      For ppl thinking to jump to the Freesync-Gsync wagon, the 1060 is clearly more expensive (the difference is in the monitor). I, myself, would have tons of doubts, they both have good and bad things. The good thing is you cant go awfully wrong with them, they are really good value.

    • Peffse
    • 3 years ago

    It only makes sense to upgrade to the 480 from a 4870. Cutting out the 7 must mean it’s more efficient.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      I have an HD7770. Where does cutting out the 7’s leave me???

        • Peffse
        • 3 years ago

        unlucky

        • Shobai
        • 3 years ago

        I wouldn’t cut them, if I was you: I’d bend the top of the first 7 to the left until the left hand side of the top stroke touches the midpoint of the long stroke, so that it looks more like a ‘4’. I’d then flip the second one top for bottom and overlay it on top of the 3rd one, so they look like an ‘8’.

        Problem solved!

    • Skid
    • 3 years ago

    Where’s the “I want something faster than that” choice?

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I’m torn. I really want a 1440p FreeSync monitor (screw GSync) but the GTX1060 seems to be more in line with the performance I’m looking for at that resolution. Maybe AMD wouldn’t mind sending me a pre-production RX-480(X?)

    • yogibbear
    • 3 years ago

    So I can’t vote in this poll because it doesn’t have an option that is relevant to me. :/ So…. your poll is poorly designed. Needs more thermal paste under the lid to stop me getting into a burning rage over its inadequacies.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I think yogibbear needs a cheese option to go with all the whine Jeff.

        • maxxcool
        • 3 years ago

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    • PBCrunch
    • 3 years ago

    I was planning on buying an RX 470 because I buy pretty much based exclusively on FPS/$. I got tired of waiting for AMD’s tragic marketing team to release some info about the 470, so I bought a GTX 980 Ti at a price I could not pass up ($325).

    Yeah I know, different price class of card, but I think the fire sale 980 Ti will match the RX 470 in FPS/$, with substantially higher overall performance.

    • AnotherReader
    • 3 years ago

    My 290X is still going strong. I won’t upgrade until the 1080 level of performance is available at $350.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 3 years ago

      I feel the same, even though I “only” have a 7870.

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    I want to get a 480 eventually… this HD7770 1GB is seriously outdated.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    I voted the “327 CAD * 1.15 = 376 after tax plus the ‘screw you canadians’ markup makes things a bit unappealing right now” option

      • madseven7
      • 3 years ago

      Totally agree with you! Do we not have a free trade agreement? What the hell is NAFTA for?

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        Nafta? It’s for making sure rich corporations maximize their revenue, not for making products cheaper for the plebs.

    • LostCat
    • 3 years ago

    290 seems fine until I grab an HDR monitor/TV.

    I don’t yet know what those will cost so might be a while.

    • sparkman
    • 3 years ago

    Where’s the “already upgraded to a GTX 1080” option?

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 3 years ago

      We already did that poll 😉

        • cynan
        • 3 years ago

        My 2 cents is that a poll should attempt to have options that are inclusive of all possible responses. Otherwise – aside from not having access to any sort of comprehensive population as with most polls (otherwise it would be a census) – it undermines the ability to estimate the relative popularity/representation of the responses that are included.

        For eg, as others have commented, this poll could have benefited from options such as “I’ve already bought a 1080/1070” and “I’m holding out for something more powerful (i.e., 1080 Ti or full Vega)” to provide a comprehensive set of options.

      • Chz
      • 3 years ago

      I’m more in the “waiting for 1070s to reach the MSRP” group.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      Falls under the “I’m happy with what I have” category.

    • bthylafh
    • 3 years ago

    My existing card will do, mostly. Money’s too tight to get something better.

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