NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280X

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
GTX 1060 R9 280X Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon R9 280X
Price $ 184.0 $ 350.0 166 (90%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 71C 5 (7%)
Max Fan Noise 47.1dB 50.9dB 3.8 (8%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 600W 130 (28%)
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 69.5 FPS 51.1 FPS 18.4 (26%)
Average 1440p Performance 49.9 FPS 36.5 FPS 13.4 (27%)
Average 4K Performance 29.5 FPS 23.3 FPS 6.2 (21%)
Memory 6 GB 3 GB 3 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.7 $ 5.9 2.2 (59%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.1 $ 8.2 3.1 (61%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.6 $ 12.8 4.2 (49%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 57/100 23 (29%)
Our Verdict: For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, the is an option for upgrade. The GTX 1060 is faster by 37% for 1440p gaming. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
63.0
45.0
2019 Anthem
40.6
29.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
59.5
42.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
78.8
52.9
2019 Metro Exodus
35.1
23.6
2018 Just Cause 4
53.6
34.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
57.7
36.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
74.2
47.2
2017 For Honor
98.9
62.9
2017 Project CARS 2
70.0
44.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
84.9
54.0
2016 Dishonored 2
51.1
32.5
2015 Rocket League
288.4
183.4
2015 Need For Speed
79.9
50.8
2015 Project CARS
76.6
48.7
2014 Thief
70.2
52.4
2013 Bioshock Infinite
111.6
73.9
2013 Company of Heroes 2
58.5
45.1
2013 Crysis 3
60.5
61.2
2013 GRID 2
120.6
91.7
2013 Metro: Last Light
72.0
54.4
2013 Total War: Rome 2
76.5
53.1
2013 Battlefield 4
85.3
54.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
197.8
125.8
2009 League of Legends
370.8
235.8
2008 Crysis: Warhead
72.9
62.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
46.9
33.5
2019 Anthem
32.2
23.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
46.2
33.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
53.0
35.6
2019 Metro Exodus
27.3
18.3
2018 Just Cause 4
39.6
25.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
40.4
25.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
53.6
34.1
2017 For Honor
57.7
36.7
2017 Project CARS 2
49.4
31.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76.6
48.7
2016 Dishonored 2
43.7
27.8
2015 Rocket League
123.6
78.6
2015 Need For Speed
61.8
39.3
2015 Project CARS
58.5
37.2
2014 Thief
47.7
36.1
2013 Bioshock Infinite
72.9
47.2
2013 Company of Heroes 2
37.8
30.0
2013 Crysis 3
37.8
41.5
2013 GRID 2
86.4
66.9
2013 Metro: Last Light
60.3
44.0
2013 Total War: Rome 2
49.5
33.8
2013 Battlefield 4
54.5
36.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
164.8
104.8
2009 League of Legends
206.0
131.0
2008 Crysis: Warhead
45.9
41.7

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28.0
20.0
2019 Anthem
17.5
12.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
24.5
17.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
26.1
17.6
2019 Metro Exodus
17.2
11.5
2018 Just Cause 4
20.6
13.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
19.4
12.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
37.1
23.6
2017 For Honor
28.8
18.3
2017 Project CARS 2
41.2
26.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
64.3
40.9
2016 Dishonored 2
34.6
22.0
2015 Rocket League
57.7
36.7
2015 Need For Speed
41.2
26.2
2015 Project CARS
41.2
26.2
2013 GRID 2
45.9
38.7
2013 Total War: Rome 2
22.5
30.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
148.3
94.3
2009 League of Legends
82.4
52.4
2008 Crysis: Warhead
43.2
37.9

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, GTX 1060 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 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 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

AMD Radeon R9 280X / Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz

For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It is worth noting that the R9 280X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280X 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 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

GTX 1060 vs R9 280X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 R9 280X
Board NumberPG410 SKU 30C386
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W250 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 R9 280X
Boost Clock1709 MHz1000 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz850 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 R9 280X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price299 USD299 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Oct 8th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 R9 280X
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.15.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.77

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 R9 280X
ArchitecturePascalGCN 1.0
Die Size314 mm²352 mm²
GPU NameGP106Tahiti
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1Tahiti XTL (215-0821065)
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million4,313 million

Memory

GTX 1060 R9 280X
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s288.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit384 bit
Memory Size6144 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 R9 280X
ROPs4832
Shading Units12802048
TMUs80128

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 R9 280X
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS4,096 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s128.0 GTexel/s

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portbillet 2 months ago
I have a gaming pc with i5 4670k and sapphire dualx r9 280x OC Edition. I wanna make my pc vr ready, play upcoming games like Watch dogs 2, Mafia III etc on 1080p ultra settings.. does upgrading to gtx 1060 solve everything, or should i sell the pc n buy a new one?
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frostinggambler 2 months ago
The CPU is more than capable. Like Quixit has mentioned, do not get the bare minimum to run VR. A beefier GPU like the 1070 would be the better bet. Of course, if budgetary concerns were minimal, you could always go for a better card
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wranglehyndburn 2 months ago
I've been using my R9 280x for quite some time now, and it has served me better than I anticipated. However, within the last few months I have noticed it's performance starting to fall when playing newer games. I have wanted to make the switch and upgrade to NVidia for awhile, and wanted to get an idea on what kind of "gains" I would make from purchasing a GTX 1060. Thanks!
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crumpetenclose 2 months ago
If you have in mind upgrading to 1080p, then 1060 6GB then.
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inbreeding 3 months ago
Hi all,

Graphics: R9-280x
CPU: i5 4690k
Monitor: BenQ XL2730 27-inch 144 Hz (don't think it has freesync?)
RAM: 16GB
Budget: £250~

I run my desktop at 1440p 144hz but I game in 1080p or lower resolutions.
I am not a hardcore gamer, very casual actually - mostly playing playerunknown battlegrounds (the main reason I want to upgrade my card).

Apart from that I do a lot of multimedia stuff, programming, web browsing, etc and run a dual monitor setup with a benq 24".

I don't plan to play many games in 1440p so I was thinking that a 1060 or 580 would suffice.

Can anyone recommend a good choice of card?

The MSI RX 580 8GB GAMING X is around £270 on amazon.
The MSI 1060 GAMING X is around £300.
But I don't want to really spend more than £200-250.

Are any other cards viable? I would love a 1070 but it's just slightly out of my price bracket at £350-400.

Would love to hear any suggestions, thanks!
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craftyking 3 months ago
RX580 ONLY 270 QID ON AMAZON.... Wow... guess there aren't any coin miners in England... they are unavailable on new market and over 500$ in the used market in the usa.

if your only playing in 1080p yes the 1060 makes sense, thought if you indeed can get a RX 580 at that price, I would grab it but the RX 480 would be just as good.
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