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Great price for Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB £209.99 @ Novatech

£209.99 @ Novatech
I was looking for these to upgrade some workstations, and this was the best price I could find. The reviews say that this might not be an ideal card for a quiet machine though, as the fans always spin… Read More
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I was looking for these to upgrade some workstations, and this was the best price I could find. The reviews say that this might not be an ideal card for a quiet machine though, as the fans always spin at minimum 50% - fixed setting on the card's bios. We've used these for speeding up image analysis and seen 100x speed up over the CPU bound version of the software. Can't say if they're great for games - but I'm sure someone else can comment! Heat?
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#1
Decent price for the 6gb - driver update released last week increases dx12 performance too.
#2
Already posted a month ago, card has been this price for awhile:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-oc-6gb-209-98-novatech-2614550
#3
Yeah good price for a 6gb variant, the fan profile is slightly bizarre though.
#4
This or rx 480
#5
ether707
This or rx 480
I went with the rx480 4gb for £149.99 in a recent deal for 1080p gaming but this is the card i was looking out for, too close to call between this and an 8gb rx480 maybe but if i had to choose this or the Asus dual rx480 I'd go with this.

Edited By: utopiangames on Mar 14, 2017 22:16
2 Likes #6
ether707
This or rx 480


Get a 1060 better performance. Better drivers than amd
1 Like #7
coventgamer
Better drivers than amd

LOL.

I have a R9 390X and a GTX 970, let me tell you, the AMD drivers are a much better experience. The only real advantage of NVIDIA is the lower CPU reliance in DX11 games.

GeForce experience has managed to complete hose a few of my Windows installations in the past, while forgetting to use the Custom install when updating drivers.

Also WattMan is absolutely amazing compared to very limited the tools NVIDIA offer, if you want to overclock and tweak your NVIDIA card you've basically got MSI Afterburner (which I personally hate, as it looks like some tacky 90s crap).

Edited By: ollie87 on Mar 15, 2017 09:12: More detail
#8
ollie87
coventgamer
Better drivers than amd

LOL.

I have a R9 390X and a GTX 970, let me tell you, the AMD drivers are a much better experience. The only real advantage of NVIDIA is the lower CPU reliance in DX11 games.

GeForce experience has managed to complete hose a few of my Windows installations in the past, while forgetting to use the Custom install when updating drivers.


And built in ability to play games in 3D on a 3D monitor/TV. That's the only thing I miss with my rx480
#9
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Armor/30.html

A review from a few weeks ago to base current performance. Beats the RX480 on average across the resolutions tested.

The new drivers from a few days ago deliver a nice big boost in several of the DX12 games tested as well like Hitman.

Overclocking performance looks great too, getting on for 980ti performance in the OC test!
#10
ollie87
coventgamer
Better drivers than amd
LOL.
I have a R9 390X and a GTX 970, let me tell you, the AMD drivers are a much better experience. The only real advantage of NVIDIA is the lower CPU reliance in DX11 games.
GeForce experience has managed to complete hose a few of my Windows installations in the past, while forgetting to use the Custom install when updating drivers.
Also WattMan is absolutely amazing compared to very limited the tools NVIDIA offer, if you want to overclock and tweak your NVIDIA card you've basically got MSI Afterburner (which I personally hate, as it looks like some tacky 90s crap).

MSI Afterburner has skins to bring it into the present.

Edited By: rev6 on Mar 15, 2017 09:49
#11
rev6
ollie87
coventgamer
Better drivers than amd
LOL.
I have a R9 390X and a GTX 970, let me tell you, the AMD drivers are a much better experience. The only real advantage of NVIDIA is the lower CPU reliance in DX11 games.
GeForce experience has managed to complete hose a few of my Windows installations in the past, while forgetting to use the Custom install when updating drivers.
Also WattMan is absolutely amazing compared to very limited the tools NVIDIA offer, if you want to overclock and tweak your NVIDIA card you've basically got MSI Afterburner (which I personally hate, as it looks like some tacky 90s crap).
MSI Afterburner has skins to bring it into the present.

Nvidia owners have plenty of overclocking utility options, it's just MSI afterburner is the best in the business. It's had a lot of time to mature and is well known and supported with all sorts of add ons too.

Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.
1 Like #12
I only play on 1920x1080 and would want to record gameplay at 1080p without lagging. Scan have the Asus rx480 8gb for £174.98 plus DOOM.
#13
vulcanproject
rev6
ollie87
coventgamer
Better drivers than amd
LOL.
I have a R9 390X and a GTX 970, let me tell you, the AMD drivers are a much better experience. The only real advantage of NVIDIA is the lower CPU reliance in DX11 games.
GeForce experience has managed to complete hose a few of my Windows installations in the past, while forgetting to use the Custom install when updating drivers.
Also WattMan is absolutely amazing compared to very limited the tools NVIDIA offer, if you want to overclock and tweak your NVIDIA card you've basically got MSI Afterburner (which I personally hate, as it looks like some tacky 90s crap).
MSI Afterburner has skins to bring it into the present.
Nvidia owners have plenty of overclocking utility options, it's just MSI afterburner is the best in the business. It's had a lot of time to mature and is well known and supported with all sorts of add ons too.
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.

I use MSI Afterburner myself.
#14
vulcanproject
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.

This has not been my experience. Although I can only comment on my experience.
1 Like #15
ollie87
vulcanproject
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.
This has not been my experience. Although I can only comment on my experience.

Probably get a better overclock on third party software than you would on wattman itself in my experience. Not that RX480 actually overclocks very much anyway.
#16
vulcanproject
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Armor/30.html
A review from a few weeks ago to base current performance. Beats the RX480 on average across the resolutions tested.
It beats a throttling reference RX 480, which nobody is suggesting that anybody buy. A custom card running at a stable 1300MHz+ is a different proposition and the only fair comparison (especially given that custom GTX 1060s will be running at close to 2GHz out of the box due to GPU Boost). The fact is that there's really nothing between them in terms of performance overall, with the RX 480 performing better in some games and the GTX 1060 performing better in others. There's no sensible advice to offer other than saying that you should consider what games you want to play, look at comparisons of the two in those games, and purchase based on that.

Any dumb memes about driver quality are a fabrication. I use cards from both vendors regularly and there is no difference.

vulcanproject
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.
Not on my system, with any of the AMD cards I've had since it was released (including a couple of RX 480s and the R9 290X I'm currently using).


Edited By: Aretak on Mar 15, 2017 15:06
#17
ether707
I only play on 1920x1080 and would want to record gameplay at 1080p without lagging. Scan have the Asus rx480 8gb for £174.98 plus DOOM.

They don't, that card has 4GB VRAM.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-asus-radeon-rx-480-dual-oc-14nm-polaris-pcie-30-7000mhz-gddr5-1300mhz-(1320mhz-in-oc-mode)-boost

The cheapest 8GB they do is £189.
#18
Aretak
vulcanproject
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Armor/30.html
A review from a few weeks ago to base current performance. Beats the RX480 on average across the resolutions tested.
It beats a throttling reference RX 480, which nobody is suggesting that anybody buy. A custom card running at a stable 1300MHz+ is a different proposition and the only fair comparison (especially given that custom GTX 1060s will be running at close to 2GHz out of the box due to GPU Boost). The fact is that there's really nothing between them in terms of performance overall, with the RX 480 performing better in some games and the GTX 1060 performing better in others. There's no sensible advice to offer other than saying that you should consider what games you want to play, look at comparisons of the two in those games, and purchase based on that.
Any dumb memes about driver quality are a fabrication. I use cards from both vendors regularly and there is no difference.
vulcanproject
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.
Not on my system, with any of the AMD cards I've had since it was released (including a couple of RX 480s and the R9 290X I'm currently using).

A reference GTX1060 beats a reference RX 480 9 months after launch, correct.

Are you suggesting that the reference RX 480 cards still suffer from thermal and power issues, won't reach their reference clocks and AMD haven't fixed them after all this time? That wouldn't reflect well on them.

Or are you suggesting that aftermarket cards all automatically boost much much higher than the reference cards?

I'm sure you can't mean either of these things because neither is true. Even 1300mhz for example is less than 3 percent higher than reference boost on the RX480. But I'm open to your explanation.

All the test linked to shows this MSI GTX1060 card and even the reference one leading RX 480. Naturally aftermarket cards overclock and boost better over reference it just depends how much better. That much is obvious. GTX1060 a lot better, RX 480 typically not a lot at all.

This test was done before Nvidia's latest driver however, which considerably closes the gap between some of the DX12 games by quite a bit and probably raises the average lead rather higher.

Aretak
vulcanproject
Wattman is still buggy and unstable. Lots of error notifications and crashes even now.
Not on my system, with any of the AMD cards I've had since it was released (including a couple of RX 480s and the R9 290X I'm currently using).

I'm glad you have had a fortunate experience with Wattman, unfortunately many have not. Not too reliable software that came out of AMD's notoriously unreliable Overdrive software. So notorious they changed the name to Wattman and relaunched it last year...

MSI afterburner is certainly more stable and mature, is the main point.
1 Like #19
fishmaster
ether707
I only play on 1920x1080 and would want to record gameplay at 1080p without lagging. Scan have the Asus rx480 8gb for £174.98 plus DOOM.
They don't, that card has 4GB VRAM. https://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-asus-radeon-rx-480-dual-oc-14nm-polaris-pcie-30-7000mhz-gddr5-1300mhz-(1320mhz-in-oc-mode)-boost
The cheapest 8GB they do is £189.

It was a today only deal and they stopped doing it now.
#20
surely this is a typo, as the other MSI 6gb model is here
https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/nvidiageforcegraphicscards/nvidiagtx1060series/gtx10606gtoc.html
Anyone received to confirm its no the 3gb?

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