NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Review: Pascal Value And Performance Per Watt
Steam VR Performance Test, LuxMark v3.1
The Steam VR Performance Test measures a system's performance using a 2-minute sequence from Valve’s Aperture Robot Repair VR demo. After running the test, it determines whether your system is capable of properly running VR content at 90Hz and whether or not the visual fidelity can be increased to the recommended level for a given application. Both a system’s CPU and GPU are factored into the score.
The GeForce GTX 1060's VR capabilities -- at least according to Valve and HTC's test -- are significantly better than the Radeon R9 480. NVIDIA's new GPU, once again, just barely misses the mark set by the Radeon R9 Nano.
LuxMark is a cross-platform, Open CL-accelerated 3D rendering benchmark. It's based on the open-source LuxRender physically-based spectral rendering engine, which accurately models the behavior of light and supports high dynamic range. LuxRender also features a number of material types to allow rendering of photo-realistic and artistic scenes. LuxRender is free software, licensed under the GPL, that offers plugins for packages like Blender, Maya, Cinema 4D and 3DS Max. We ran all three of the scenes included with the benchmark using the GPU rendering mode.
Although the GTX 1060 has performed well in our graphics-related tests up to this point, it faltered a bit in our Luxmark tests. Here, it outperforms the GeForce GTX 970 in 2 out of 3 tests, but trails the rest of the pack. The Radeons have a clear edge here in Open-CL accelerated application performance.