NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
GTX 1060 3GB R9 290 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 170.0 $ 310.0 140 (82%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 63C 94C 31 (49%)
Max Fan Noise 42.2dB 60.1dB 17.9 (42%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 625W 155 (33%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 66.9 FPS 62.8 FPS 4.1 (6%)
Average 1440p Performance 47.9 FPS 45.2 FPS 2.7 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 28.1 FPS 29.1 FPS 1 (4%)
Memory 3 GB 4 GB 1 (33%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.5 $ 6.4 3.9 (156%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.6 $ 8.8 5.2 (144%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 13.7 7.6 (125%)
Overall Combination Score 81/100 64/100 17 (21%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 290 to GTX 1060 3GB is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 3GB .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
53
59.8
48
54.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.5
31
34.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
50
56.5
45
51.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.8
59
66.4
2019 Metro Exodus
29
33.3
26
29.6
2019 World War Z
56
62.3
59
66.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
66.6
47
53.0
2018 Fallout 76
66
74.3
54
61.0
2018 Hitman 2
52
58.1
43
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
45
50.9
38
42.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
49
54.8
41
46.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
44
49.6
38
43.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
60
67.0
47
53.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63
70.4
53
59.1
2017 For Honor
84
93.9
70
78.8
2017 Project CARS 2
59
66.5
50
55.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
68
76.0
60
67.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
36
40.9
40
44.8
2016 Hitman
51
57.3
59
66.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
63
70.4
52
58.5
2016 The Division
45
50.3
43
48.2
2016 Overwatch
93
104.1
74
82.6
2016 Dishonored 2
43
48.5
36
40.7
2015 DiRT Rally
84
94.2
89
99.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
52
58.3
45
50.7
2015 The Witcher 3
45
50.0
42
47.0
2015 Rocket League
246
273.8
207
230.0
2015 Need For Speed
68
75.9
57
63.7
2015 Project CARS
65
72.7
54
61.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
100
111.7
2014 Thief
59
66.6
58
64.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
95
106.0
82
91.5
2013 Company of Heroes 2
49
55.5
52
58.8
2013 Crysis 3
51
57.4
50
56.5
2013 GRID 2
103
114.5
99
110.8
2013 Metro: Last Light
61
68.4
64
71.6
2013 Total War: Rome 2
65
72.6
62
69.3
2013 Battlefield 4
72
81.0
66
73.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
169
187.8
141
157.7
2009 League of Legends
316
352.0
266
295.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
62
69.2
72
80.0

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.5
32
40.2
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
22
27.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
31
39.6
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.3
35
44.7
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.9
18
23.0
2019 World War Z
36
45.5
38
48.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45
56.4
36
45.0
2018 Hitman 2
30
37.6
24
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
30
37.6
25
31.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
30
38.4
25
32.2
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
30
37.6
26
33.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
34
43.7
27
34.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
40
50.9
34
42.7
2017 For Honor
43
54.8
36
46.0
2017 Project CARS 2
37
46.9
31
39.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58
72.7
48
61.1
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
30
38.1
33
41.3
2016 Hitman
33
42.3
40
50.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
36
46.1
33
41.8
2016 The Division
28
36.2
29
37.1
2016 Overwatch
57
71.8
45
56.7
2016 Dishonored 2
33
41.5
27
34.8
2015 DiRT Rally
51
64.9
55
69.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
30
38.5
28
35.9
2015 The Witcher 3
29
37.2
29
36.3
2015 Rocket League
93
117.3
78
98.6
2015 Need For Speed
46
58.7
39
49.3
2015 Project CARS
44
55.5
37
46.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
57
72.3
2014 Thief
36
45.3
36
45.4
2013 Bioshock Infinite
55
69.2
47
59.1
2013 Company of Heroes 2
28
35.9
32
40.1
2013 Crysis 3
28
35.9
29
36.7
2013 GRID 2
65
82.0
64
80.2
2013 Metro: Last Light
45
57.2
45
56.8
2013 Total War: Rome 2
37
47.0
35
44.2
2013 Battlefield 4
41
51.8
39
49.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
125
156.5
105
131.4
2009 League of Legends
156
195.6
131
164.2
2008 Crysis: Warhead
34
43.6
42
53.0

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.6
16
24.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.6
10
15.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.3
14
21.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.8
15
22.0
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
10
14.5
2019 World War Z
18
26.2
19
27.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
26
37.6
21
30.0
2018 Hitman 2
15
22.2
12
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.6
11
16.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
18.4
10
15.4
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
14
21.4
13
19.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
18.8
13
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
24
35.2
20
29.6
2017 For Honor
19
27.3
16
23.0
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.1
23
32.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
42
61.0
35
51.2
2016 Overwatch
25
37.1
20
29.4
2016 Dishonored 2
22
32.8
19
27.6
2015 Rocket League
38
54.8
32
46.0
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.1
23
32.9
2015 Project CARS
27
39.1
23
32.9
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
23
33.5
2014 Thief
27
39.3
27
38.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
24
35.0
33
47.9
2013 GRID 2
30
43.6
32
46.5
2013 Total War: Rome 2
14
21.4
29
41.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
98
140.8
82
118.3
2009 League of Legends
54
78.2
45
65.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
28
41.0
33
47.3
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 290 with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 290 with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 290 with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 3GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 3GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 3GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1060 3GB 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1060 3GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon R9 290 / i7-3770K

It is worth noting that the R9 290 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 290 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W275 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
GPU Clock1506 MHz947 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective 1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 18th, 2016Nov 5th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.26
Vulkan1.1.961.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
ArchitecturePascalGCN 2.0
Die Size200 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameGP106Hawaii
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors4,400 million6,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s 320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit512 bit
Memory Size30724096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
ROPs4864
Shading Units11522560
TMUs72160

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 3GB R9 290
FP32 (float) performance3,935 GFLOPS 4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate81.98 GPixel/s 60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate123.0 GTexel/s 151.5 GTexel/s

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