NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290

GTX 1060 R9 290 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 199 $ 310 111 (44%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 94C 18 (21%)
Max Fan Noise 47dB 60dB 13 (24%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 625W 155 (28%)
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 66 FPS 4.5 (7%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 47 FPS 2.9 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 34 FPS 5 (16%)
Memory 6 GB 4 GB 2 (40%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 64/100 16 (22%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 290 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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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
78
61
2018 Forza Horizon 4
70
53
2018 Hitman 2
61
48
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
71
53
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
52
43
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
43
45
2016 Hitman
60
67
2016 Overwatch
110
83
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
74
59
2016 The Division
53
48
2015 DiRT Rally
99
99
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
61
51
2015 The Witcher 3
53
47
2014 Thief
70
65
2013 Battlefield 4
85
74
2013 Bioshock Infinite
112
92
2013 Company of Heroes 2
59
59
2013 Crysis 3
61
57
2013 GRID 2
121
111
2013 Metro: Last Light
72
72
2013 Total War: Rome 2
77
69
2008 Crysis: Warhead
73
80

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
45
2018 Hitman 2
40
31
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
46
34
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
40
33
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
40
41
2016 Hitman
45
51
2016 Overwatch
76
57
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
49
42
2016 The Division
38
37
2015 DiRT Rally
68
70
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
41
36
2015 The Witcher 3
39
36
2014 Thief
48
45
2013 Battlefield 4
55
50
2013 Bioshock Infinite
73
59
2013 Company of Heroes 2
38
40
2013 Crysis 3
38
37
2013 GRID 2
86
80
2013 Metro: Last Light
60
57
2013 Total War: Rome 2
50
44
2008 Crysis: Warhead
46
53

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
30
2018 Hitman 2
23
18
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
20
19
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
19
2016 Overwatch
39
29
2014 Thief
41
39
2013 Bioshock Infinite
37
48
2013 GRID 2
46
47
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
42
2008 Crysis: Warhead
43
47

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 290 / Core i7-3770K

At 1440p, R9 290 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 R9 290 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. 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. View Current Price List

GTX 1060 vs R9 290 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 R9 290
Board NumberPG410 SKU 30C671
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 R9 290
GPU Clock1506 MHz947 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 R9 290
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price299 USD399 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Nov 5th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 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 R9 290
ArchitecturePascalGCN 2.0
Die Size314 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameGP106Hawaii
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1Hawaii PRO (215-0852020)
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million6,200 million

Memory

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

Render Config

GTX 1060 R9 290
ROPs4864
Shading Units12802560
TMUs80160

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 R9 290
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s151.5 GTexel/s