Overall, the outlook is surprisingly bright!
All 7 games here can average at least 30FPS at 1080p (the blue bars), and that’s with graphics settings cranked up to their maximum values. If you’re using a G-Sync monitor, the experience becomes even smoother.
Super-competitive gamers, however, have zero interest in playing titles like Apex Legends or Call of Duty: Cold War anywhere below a rock-solid 60FPS (it’s more likely they want 120FPS). That’s why I’ve also included minimum framerates (MIN FPS), which are fairly forgiving at 1080p. Provided you’re not trying to win any tournaments…
Will you need to make compromises with other games? Absolutely. Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator will murder the GTX 1060 even at 1080p. To get enjoyable framerates, you’ll need to be more conservative with your quality settings, but they are still playable!
But the limit of 3GB of VRAM can be problematic with games like Call of Duty: Cold War. While playing several rounds of Team Deathmatch on Nuketown, for example, I noticed that several textures looked like they had vaseline smeared over them when aiming down a scope, or they just never materialized properly in the first place.
What about 1440p?
Sales of 1440p monitors are on the rise, and that’s exactly the resolution AMD is targeting with its upcoming Radeon RX 6700 XT.
Let’s take a look at the same games and settings, but bumped up to 1440p.