NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280X

GTX 1060 R9 280X Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon R9 280X
Price $ 199 $ 350 151 (55%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 71C 5 (7%)
Max Fan Noise 47dB 51dB 3.8 (8%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 600W 130 (24%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 71 FPS 62 FPS 8.4 (13%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 43 FPS 7.5 (16%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 36 FPS 7 (22%)
Memory 6 GB 3 GB 3 (67%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 67/100 13 (18%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 280X to GTX 1060 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 .

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1920x1080

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
70
52
2013 Battlefield 4
85
55
2013 Bioshock Infinite
112
74
2013 Company of Heroes 2
59
45
2013 Crysis 3
61
61
2013 GRID 2
121
92
2013 Metro: Last Light
72
54
2013 Total War: Rome 2
77
53
2008 Crysis: Warhead
73
63

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
48
36
2013 Battlefield 4
55
36
2013 Bioshock Infinite
73
47
2013 Company of Heroes 2
38
30
2013 Crysis 3
38
42
2013 GRID 2
86
67
2013 Metro: Last Light
60
44
2013 Total War: Rome 2
50
34
2008 Crysis: Warhead
46
42

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2013 GRID 2
46
39
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
31
2008 Crysis: Warhead
43
38

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K

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. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon R9 280X / Core i7-3770K

It appears that the R9 280X is a more capable mid-range card that can play AAA titles at 1080p with 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for R9 280X against the competition in budget mid-range cards. 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. View Current Price List

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