NVIDIA and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Video Card Review

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Tom Clancy’s The Division

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Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division”, is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer.

The Division settings

The Division uses Ubisoft’s new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only.

The Division settings

We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark.

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1080P Benchmark Results: The Division is one of the game titles that NVIDIA isn’t doing too hot on right now and we found that the AMD Radeon RX 480 was able to beat the GeForce GTX 1060 FE by a tenth of a FPS. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC came in faster than the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB though, so you can see this cards are basically performing evenly on this particular game title. The NVIDIA reviewers guide showed that they were over 1% faster than AMD, but we used different image quality settings. 

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1440P Benchmark Results:  As we scale up to 1440P resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 hung in pretty well with an average of 42-43 FPS.

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4K Ultra HD Benchmark Results: When moving up to 4K UHD resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 averages 23-24 FPS.

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