NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290X

GTX 1060 R9 290X Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 AMD Radeon R9 290X
Price $ 199 $ 499 300 (86%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 94C 18 (21%)
Max Fan Noise 47dB 57dB 9.6 (18%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 640W 170 (31%)
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 68 FPS 2.3 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 50 FPS 0 (0%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 31 FPS 2.2 (7%)
Memory 6 GB 4 GB 2 (40%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 59/100 21 (30%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 290X 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 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
78
42
2018 Forza Horizon 4
70
37
2018 Hitman 2
61
33
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
71
37
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
52
41
2016 Overwatch
110
57
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
61
48
2015 Total War: Attila
47
41
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
107
111
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
76
76
2014 Far Cry 4
70
65
2014 GRID Autosport
104
65
2014 Shadow of Mordor
80
86
2014 The Talos Principle
87
88
2014 Thief
70
67
2013 Battlefield 4
85
71
2013 Bioshock Infinite
112
95
2013 Company of Heroes 2
59
63
2013 Crysis 3
61
78
2013 GRID 2
121
113
2013 Metro: Last Light
72
76
2013 Total War: Rome 2
77
73
2008 Crysis: Warhead
73
84

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
31
2018 Hitman 2
40
21
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
46
24
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
40
31
2016 Overwatch
76
40
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
41
34
2015 Total War: Attila
31
29
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
80
86
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
50
51
2014 Far Cry 4
50
54
2014 GRID Autosport
79
68
2014 Shadow of Mordor
56
64
2014 The Talos Principle
61
61
2014 Thief
48
47
2013 Battlefield 4
55
48
2013 Bioshock Infinite
73
62
2013 Company of Heroes 2
38
42
2013 Crysis 3
38
50
2013 GRID 2
86
86
2013 Metro: Last Light
60
60
2013 Total War: Rome 2
50
47
2008 Crysis: Warhead
46
53

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
21
2018 Hitman 2
23
13
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
20
13
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
18
2016 Overwatch
39
20
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
18
2015 Total War: Attila
15
15
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
45
53
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
26
28
2014 Far Cry 4
27
31
2014 GRID Autosport
46
42
2014 Shadow of Mordor
31
36
2014 The Talos Principle
34
33
2014 Thief
41
40
2013 Battlefield 4
38
36
2013 Bioshock Infinite
37
29
2013 Crysis 3
27
25
2013 GRID 2
46
51
2013 Metro: Last Light
32
30
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
43
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 290X / Core i7-3770K

At 1440p, R9 290X can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is worth noting that the R9 290X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290X 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290X 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 290X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

GTX 1060 vs R9 290X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 R9 290X
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 W290 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 R9 290X
GPU Clock1506 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 R9 290X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price299 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Oct 24th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 R9 290X
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 290X
ArchitecturePascalGCN 2.0
Die Size314 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameGP106Hawaii
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1Hawaii XT (215-0852000)
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million6,200 million

Memory

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

Render Config

GTX 1060 R9 290X
ROPs4864
Shading Units12802816
TMUs80176

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 R9 290X
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS5,632 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)704.0 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s176.0 GTexel/s