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    Default RX 580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB: Which one should I get?

    I'm guessing this has been asked/discussed around (if not here then elsewhere) a lot recently. But I am asking specifically between these two models, which are fairly available in BD:

    1) Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6GB

    2) SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 580 8GB DDR5 Limited Edition

    Which one would be better in terms of longevity & performance in recent titles? And also which one would be more suited for my current system config:

    CPU: i5 6500
    RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400 Mhz
    PSU: Thermaltake tr2 80+ bronze 500W (Will this PSU be enough for the RX 580?)

    One thing I know is that the rx 580 draws more power than the 1060, and it also has a higher temperature on full load (upto 77c compared to ~65c for the gigabyte 1060)


    Any help/suggestions/comments will be much appreciated

    PS: One more thing to add- I will only be gaming at 1080p 60Hz

    And also, one crucial thing to note is that I will be buying either of these cards as an emergency replacement (not upgrade) for my current Zotac gtx 970, the fans of which has failed on me twice since I bought it back in February 2016
    Last edited by TRazerK; May 18th, 2017 at 17:00.

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    You should think about Free sync benefit of Rx 580 & Tearing/Stutting problem of gtx 1060 without free sync .Ofcourse you will need free sync monitor which is around 10k 21 inch (monitor) .Also if you are thinking about spending 29k on Rx 580/1060 then don't buy any of these .Buy the 1070 for 38k ,thats the best investment for your money .580/1060 really is a 22k level card for its poor performance even in 1080p

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    Quote Originally Posted by djrock View Post
    You should think about Free sync benefit of Rx 580 & Tearing/Stutting problem of gtx 1060 without free sync .Ofcourse you will need free sync monitor which is around 10k 21 inch (monitor) .Also if you are thinking about spending 29k on Rx 580/1060 then don't buy any of these .Buy the 1070 for 38k ,thats the best investment for your money .580/1060 really is a 22k level card for its poor performance even in 1080p
    Just edited my post. Forgot to add that I will be gaming at 1080p only. And the gtx 1070 is still a bit overkill for 1080p in my opinion. And also, if you are talking about the Zotac 1070, then BIG no. I've had really bad experience with the fans of my previous Zotac gtx 970, so I'm staying the hell away from them :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRazerK View Post
    Just edited my post. Forgot to add that I will be gaming at 1080p only. And the gtx 1070 is still a bit overkill for 1080p in my opinion. And also, if you are talking about the Zotac 1070, then BIG no. I've had really bad experience with the fans of my previous Zotac gtx 970, so I'm staying the hell away from them :/
    Zotak has changed a lot since then ,now Youtube review site Hardcore overclocking reviewed Zotaks PCB which got Top Remark ,Reviewer even talked about Zotak Overkilling PCB which wasn't that necessary .Anyway reality is 480/1060 isn't enough for perfect 1080p playing .Yes 1070 a little over kill but not that much .Also latest release AAA can barely play on 480/1060 at 60 fps .so after few months of optimization these title become playable but for 1070 these problems arent' there .so my advice is for 9k difference (considering 29 k overpriced for 580 ) you can get 25% faster 1070 which will make your life easier than before .I feel 480/1060 isn't enough for 1080p & their price should be around 22k to justify their poor performance at 1080p

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    i don't trust the brand "amd" personally. they shows way too much expectations at the very early of the release then fails in time same goes with rx580. note that this release was only to beat the gtx 1060 with equal or same price and basically they did that theoretically but i am really skeptical that how far this can go. Rx 580 is more like hit and run to me more like overly cooked rx 480 , i think you should go for gtx 1060 or wait for vega may be as they seems far promising with their showdowns but as i said i don't really trust amd
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    So in the end it really comes down to this:

    Should I just go for the GTX 1060 (or probably the 1070) without any chance of getting a g-sync monitor (since they are so freaking expensive!!!) ?

    Or should I go for the RX 580 with a better (and more affordable indeed) chance of getting a freesync monitor with it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRazerK View Post
    So in the end it really comes down to this:

    Should I just go for the GTX 1060 (or probably the 1070) without any chance of getting a g-sync monitor (since they are so freaking expensive!!!) ?

    Or should I go for the RX 580 with a better (and more affordable indeed) chance of getting a freesync monitor with it ?
    Though Vega is Right at the Corner for last few Months !!! So if you can wait another few months then Maybe You might get 30k 4 gb Vega in BD & Rx 580 might go down to 20k .June will actually say if 1070 price will drop & If there is any 4 gb vega .So don't buy anything yet .Wait for those two ans .I will say two option 1070/Vega or Rx 580 . Gtx 1060 will be a waste of money

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    future freesync monitor 1440p upgrade in couple of years

    and maybe longer driver optimization



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    better cooling, longer zotac warranty*, oh wait u said u hate zotac, maybe better driver support, few nvidia sponsored game where 1060 =furyX, overclock, nvidia gameworks , lower power consumption,

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousTaher View Post
    future freesync monitor 1440p upgrade in couple of years

    and maybe longer driver optimization



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    better cooling, longer zotac warranty*, oh wait u said u hate zotac, maybe better driver support, few nvidia sponsored game where 1060 =furyX, overclock, nvidia gameworks , lower power consumption,
    Despite my doubts and bad experience with Zotac so far, I'm still not totally ruling it out. In fact, I really want to consider getting the 38.5k Zotac GTX 1070 (non-amp), which is the cheapest 1070 available in BD. But, I am still yet to find a good review anywhere where it highlights the temperature levels of this particular model. All I see is reviews on the Zotac 1070 amp editions only. I really need to know whether the standard non-amp Zotac 1070 won't go beyond 77-78c on full load with default fan speeds (thinking it won't cos it is tri-fan, but never know). Temps for the amp edition seem very impressive indeed, but its so much more expensive than the standard edition. And I wont even talk about the amp extreme edition- since that monster of a gpu has the potential to snap my motherboard in half

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    DONT USE DEFAULT FAN CURVE its a disaster waiting to happen. BD has a very warm and humid climate, arguably most humid in the world. u should better change the fan curve quite aggressive in summer to minimize the chance of vram burning.

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    whats the purpose of the pc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousTaher View Post
    DONT USE DEFAULT FAN CURVE its a disaster waiting to happen. BD has a very warm and humid climate, arguably most humid in the world. u should better change the fan curve quite aggressive in summer to minimize the chance of vram burning.

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    whats the purpose of the pc?
    I never used default curve on my 970 zotac. Mainly because the temps would go up to 85c under load if I didn't set an aggressive fan curve. And that bothers me a lot, cos even on custom fan curve it would barely stay under 80c on full load while the fans were set to spin at 70% which was pretty damn loud. Now, I don't even game more than 2-3 hours max on weekdays, and yet in the matter of 1 year and 3 months, this happened twice to two different cards of the same model (replaced once by UCC)

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    i had that same problem with one of the fan of 280x.... it seemed to be fixed autmatically now a days lol

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    i dont understand how 970 can get that hot... lol even in BD. is ur casing too bad or ur room is the kitchen?
    or zotac crap?

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    btw your 970 still runs right? just try to repair the fans somehow or replace it... buying expensive 1060 replacing a 970 doesnt look good at all, most titles perf update is like 10-15%. if one fan is still okay then just turn set it 90% then play games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRazerK View Post
    I never used default curve on my 970 zotac. Mainly because the temps would go up to 85c under load if I didn't set an aggressive fan curve. And that bothers me a lot, cos even on custom fan curve it would barely stay under 80c on full load while the fans were set to spin at 70% which was pretty damn loud. Now, I don't even game more than 2-3 hours max on weekdays, and yet in the matter of 1 year and 3 months, this happened twice to two different cards of the same model (replaced once by UCC)
    Most GPU Fans are designed to remove heat from the pcb & spread it around the GPU(Unless its FE version) ,so if you have poor casing fan & Casing ventilation system then heat will keep increasing inside the Casing & will raise temp of your GPU .so make sure You have good ventilation system & fans are placed in right places to remove those heat from inside of the Casing .
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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousTaher View Post
    i had that same problem with one of the fan of 280x.... it seemed to be fixed autmatically now a days lol

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    i dont understand how 970 can get that hot... lol even in BD. is ur casing too bad or ur room is the kitchen?
    or zotac crap?

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    btw your 970 still runs right? just try to repair the fans somehow or replace it... buying expensive 1060 replacing a 970 doesnt look good at all, most titles perf update is like 10-15%. if one fan is still okay then just turn set it 90% then play games.
    Here's a pic of my current setup. In terms of ventilation/space, how bad does that look? In terms of airflow, as you can see I got one exhaust in the back, one exhaust on top, and one intake in the front

    Yes, the card is still working fine, but I've already given it to UCC for replacement as it is still under warranty. Let's see how it turns out when I get it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousTaher View Post

    i dont understand how 970 can get that hot... lol even in BD. is ur casing too bad or ur room is the kitchen?
    or zotac crap?
    Regarding this, well it seems like the cheapest version/edition of the Zotac cards (the standard non amp/extreme ones) are cheap for a reason- the cooling is absolute garbage -_- I so regret buying the standard version instead of the Amp edition- would've given me much more peace of mind

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