NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
GTX 1060 6GB R9 290 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 159.0 $ 310.0 151 (95%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 94C 18 (24%)
Max Fan Noise 47.1dB 60.1dB 13 (28%)
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 68.9 FPS 60.2 FPS 8.7 (13%)
Average 1440p Performance 49.3 FPS 43.3 FPS 6 (12%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 41.8 FPS 37.6 FPS 4.2 (10%)
Average 4K Performance 28.9 FPS 26.9 FPS 2 (7%)
Memory 6 GB 4 GB 2 (33%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.7 $ 6.6 2.9 (78%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.2 $ 9.2 4 (77%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 10.6 4.5 (74%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.8 $ 14.8 6 (68%)
Variant NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB AMD Radeon R9 290
Overall Combination Score 80/100 63/100 17 (21%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 290 to GTX 1060 6GB 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 6GB .

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

The GTX 1070 might be the mid-range flagship of the latest Pascal set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most entry-level PC gamers. On the other hand, the GTX 1060 6GB is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 254. NVIDIA ’s xx60 cards have always been defined by entry-level prices with performance that knocks on the door of mid-range graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the Pascal graphics card inside the GTX 1060 6GB, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The GTX 1060 6GB is much more expensive than the GTX 960 as it costs a whopping $ 254. Compare this to the GTX 960, which came originally at a price of $ 199. Meanwhile, the AMD closest equivalent card is the RX 580 which costs $ 229. Spec for spec, this GTX 1060 6GB leapfrogs its direct predecessor, the GTX 960, by boasting 2 % more fps.

The GTX 1060 6GB has 6 GB RAM compared to the GTX 960 's 2 GB video memory. In our synthetic benchmarks, the GTX 1060 6GB blows past the GTX 960 and, amazingly, even the GTX 970 as well.

Fortunately, gaming performance was quite impressive. The GTX 1060 6GB consistently delivers great frame rate increases over the GTX 960 and it really justifies an upgrade. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Hitman 2, Apex Legends, F1 2019, World War Z, Battlefield V at 61 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 65 fps.

AMD Radeon R9 290

The good news is, with the release of the R9 290X, the R9 290 's price is getting more discount. AMD ’s xx90 cards have always been defined by high-end prices with performance that knocks on the door of extreme graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 2.0 graphics card inside the R9 290, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Fallout 76, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, World War Z, Resident Evil 2, Strange Brigade at 61 fps to 69 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 66 fps.

Game Performance at selected quality settings

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
48
54.0
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
31
34.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
45
51.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
70
78.8
59
66.4
2019 Metro Exodus
31
35.1
26
29.6
2019 World War Z
61
68.0
59
66.0
2019 Gears of War 5
45
51.1
38
43.0
2019 F1 2019
57
64.1
48
54.0
2019 GreedFall
51
57.7
43
48.6
2019 Borderlands 3
36
40.6
30
34.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
70
78.0
59
65.7
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
27
30.0
22
25.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
42
47.2
35
39.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
63
70.2
47
53.0
2018 Fallout 76
70
78.3
54
61.0
2018 Hitman 2
55
61.2
43
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
48
53.6
38
42.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
51
57.7
41
46.0
2018 Strange Brigade
74
82.3
62
69.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
46
52.2
38
43.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
63
70.6
47
53.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
66
74.2
53
59.1
2017 For Honor
89
98.9
70
78.8
2017 Project CARS 2
63
70.0
50
55.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76
84.9
60
67.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
38
43.1
40
44.8
2016 Hitman
54
60.4
59
66.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
66
74.2
52
58.5
2016 The Division
47
53.0
43
48.2
2016 Overwatch
98
109.6
74
82.6
2016 Dishonored 2
45
51.1
36
40.7
2015 DiRT Rally
89
99.3
89
99.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
55
61.4
45
50.7
2015 The Witcher 3
47
52.6
42
47.0
2015 Rocket League
259
288.4
207
230.0
2015 Need For Speed
71
79.9
57
63.7
2015 Project CARS
68
76.6
54
61.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
119
132.6
100
111.7
2014 Thief
63
70.2
58
64.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
100
111.6
82
91.5
2013 Company of Heroes 2
52
58.5
52
58.8
2013 Crysis 3
54
60.5
50
56.5
2013 GRID 2
108
120.6
99
110.8
2013 Metro: Last Light
64
72.0
64
71.6
2013 Total War: Rome 2
68
76.5
62
69.3
2013 Battlefield 4
76
85.3
66
73.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
178
197.8
141
157.7
2009 League of Legends
333
370.8
266
295.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
65
72.9
72
80.0

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
32
40.2
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
22
27.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
31
39.6
2019 Resident Evil 2
42
53.0
35
44.7
2019 Metro Exodus
21
27.3
18
23.0
2019 World War Z
39
49.6
38
48.2
2019 Gears of War 5
29
37.0
24
31.2
2019 F1 2019
36
45.4
30
38.2
2019 GreedFall
33
41.7
28
35.1
2019 Borderlands 3
22
28.5
19
24.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
44
56.2
37
47.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
19
24.6
16
20.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
29
37.0
24
31.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47
59.4
36
45.0
2018 Hitman 2
31
39.6
24
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31
39.6
25
31.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
32
40.4
25
32.2
2018 Strange Brigade
45
57.3
38
48.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31
39.6
26
33.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
36
46.0
27
34.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42
53.6
34
42.7
2017 For Honor
46
57.7
36
46.0
2017 Project CARS 2
39
49.4
31
39.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
61
76.6
48
61.1
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
32
40.1
33
41.3
2016 Hitman
35
44.5
40
50.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
38
48.6
33
41.8
2016 The Division
30
38.2
29
37.1
2016 Overwatch
60
75.6
45
56.7
2016 Dishonored 2
34
43.7
27
34.8
2015 DiRT Rally
54
68.4
55
69.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
40.6
28
35.9
2015 The Witcher 3
31
39.1
29
36.3
2015 Rocket League
98
123.6
78
98.6
2015 Need For Speed
49
61.8
39
49.3
2015 Project CARS
46
58.5
37
46.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
68
85.8
57
72.3
2014 Thief
38
47.7
36
45.4
2013 Bioshock Infinite
58
72.9
47
59.1
2013 Company of Heroes 2
30
37.8
32
40.1
2013 Crysis 3
30
37.8
29
36.7
2013 GRID 2
69
86.4
64
80.2
2013 Metro: Last Light
48
60.3
45
56.8
2013 Total War: Rome 2
39
49.5
35
44.2
2013 Battlefield 4
43
54.5
39
49.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
131
164.8
105
131.4
2009 League of Legends
164
206.0
131
164.2
2008 Crysis: Warhead
36
45.9
42
53.0

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
30
40.1
26
34.3
2019 Anthem
20
26.6
17
22.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
28
37.8
24
32.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
32
42.3
27
35.7
2019 Metro Exodus
18
23.8
15
20.1
2019 World War Z
31
41.8
30
40.6
2019 Gears of War 5
24
32.3
20
27.2
2019 F1 2019
30
39.8
25
33.4
2019 GreedFall
23
31.5
20
26.5
2019 Borderlands 3
17
23.2
14
19.5
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
36
48.0
30
40.4
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
16
21.5
13
18.1
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
24
32.3
20
27.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
53.0
30
40.1
2018 Hitman 2
25
33.7
19
26.2
2018 Just Cause 4
24
32.2
19
25.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
24
32.0
19
25.5
2018 Strange Brigade
35
47.3
30
39.9
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
25
33.2
21
27.8
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
26
35.2
21
28.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
36
48.5
29
38.7
2017 For Honor
35
46.3
28
36.9
2017 Project CARS 2
36
48.5
29
38.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
57
75.4
45
60.1
2016 Overwatch
46
61.3
35
46.1
2016 Dishonored 2
31
41.9
25
33.4
2015 Rocket League
73
97.0
58
77.3
2015 Need For Speed
41
55.1
33
44.0
2015 Project CARS
40
53.3
32
42.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
51
67.2
43
56.6
2014 Thief
36
47.7
34
45.1
2013 Bioshock Infinite
44
58.7
43
57.2
2013 GRID 2
53
70.8
51
67.8
2013 Total War: Rome 2
29
38.5
34
46.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127
167.5
101
133.6
2009 League of Legends
117
154.3
93
123.0
2008 Crysis: Warhead
36
47.7
40
53.7

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
16
24.0
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
10
15.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
14
21.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
18
26.1
15
22.0
2019 Metro Exodus
12
17.2
10
14.5
2019 World War Z
20
28.6
19
27.7
2019 Gears of War 5
16
23.4
13
19.7
2019 F1 2019
20
28.9
17
24.3
2019 GreedFall
12
17.2
10
14.5
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.8
8
12.5
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
23
33.5
19
28.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
15.6
9
13.1
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
16
23.4
13
19.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
27
39.6
21
30.0
2018 Hitman 2
16
23.4
12
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
14
20.6
11
16.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
19.4
10
15.4
2018 Strange Brigade
21
31.2
18
26.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
15
22.5
13
19.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
19.8
13
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
37.1
20
29.6
2017 For Honor
20
28.8
16
23.0
2017 Project CARS 2
28
41.2
23
32.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
45
64.3
35
51.2
2016 Overwatch
27
39.1
20
29.4
2016 Dishonored 2
24
34.6
19
27.6
2015 Rocket League
40
57.7
32
46.0
2015 Need For Speed
28
41.2
23
32.9
2015 Project CARS
28
41.2
23
32.9
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
27
39.8
23
33.5
2014 Thief
28
41.4
27
38.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
25
36.9
33
47.9
2013 GRID 2
32
45.9
32
46.5
2013 Total War: Rome 2
15
22.5
29
41.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
103
148.3
82
118.3
2009 League of Legends
57
82.4
45
65.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
30
43.2
33
47.3
GTX 1060 6GB vs R9 290 with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 6GB 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 6GB 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 6GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 6GB 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

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 6GB vs R9 290 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
Board NumberPG410C671
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 W275 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
GPU Clock1506 MHz947 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price199 USD399 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Nov 5th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
ArchitecturePascalGCN 2.0
Die Size314 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameGP104Hawaii
GPU VariantGP104-150-A1Hawaii PRO (215-0852020)
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million6,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit512 bit
Memory Size6144 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
ROPs4864
Shading Units12802560
TMUs80160

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 6GB R9 290
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s151.5 GTexel/s

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uncheckedseasoned 1 year ago
I can't find any direct articles relating this fact. I'm currently running an AMD R9 290, but am noticing that it's starting to age on newer games. Would it be worth upgrading to a 1060? Or is that pointless and I should shoot for the 1070?
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reformatpitch 1 year ago
So I wounder if I should stick with my r9 290x or get myself a new gtx 1060. Is there any significant increase in performance, how's dx12 and should I wait another year to see how dx12 and new games work for amd and nvidia. If there is any comparison benchmark I would like to see it as well.
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cowsstar 1 year ago
What would be the better buy a Powercolour R9 290 PCS+ OC 4GB(R3100/6,55) or a Zotac mini Gtx 1060 6GB(R4300/4,25),the R9 290 is recertified and the Gtx 1060 is new.A 3GB version of the Zotac mini is also a option at (R3500/5,78) aswell as the RX 480 4GB at(R3599/4,80) but i prefer to have the higher vram versions so the RX 480 8GB(R4400/3,74) is also a option.
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