NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
vs
AMD Radeon R9 390

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 390
GTX 1060 6GB R9 390 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB AMD Radeon R9 390
Price $ 159.0 $ 465.0 306 (192%)
Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 75C 1 (1%)
Max Fan Noise 47.1dB 57.9dB 10.8 (23%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 625W 155 (33%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
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 62.1 FPS 6.8 (10%)
Average 1440p Performance 49.3 FPS 45.1 FPS 4.2 (9%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 41.8 FPS 37.6 FPS 4.2 (10%)
Average 4K Performance 28.9 FPS 25.2 FPS 3.7 (13%)
Memory 6 GB 8 GB 2 (33%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.7 $ 5.3 1.6 (43%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.2 $ 7.3 2.1 (40%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 8.8 2.7 (44%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.8 $ 13.1 4.3 (49%)
Variant NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB AMD Radeon R9 390
Overall Combination Score 80/100 66/100 14 (17%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 390 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 390

The good news is, with the release of the R9 390X, the R9 390 '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 390, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The R9 390 is much more cheaper than the R9 290 as it costs $ 329. Compare this to the R9 290, AMD Radeon R9 290X, which came originally at a price of $ 399, $ 549. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA closest equivalent card is the GTX 980 which costs $ 549. The R9 390 has 8 GB RAM compared to the R9 290 's 4 GB video memory.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Apex Legends, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Resident Evil 2, Strange Brigade at 63 fps to 74 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 69 fps.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
70
78.8
63
70.8
2019 Metro Exodus
31
35.1
28
31.5
2019 World War Z
61
68.0
52
58.2
2019 Gears of War 5
45
51.1
41
45.9
2019 F1 2019
57
64.1
51
57.6
2019 GreedFall
51
57.7
46
51.9
2019 Borderlands 3
36
40.6
32
36.5
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
70
78.0
63
70.1
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
27
30.0
24
27.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
42
47.2
38
42.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
63
70.2
46
52.0
2018 Fallout 76
70
78.3
53
59.0
2018 Hitman 2
55
61.2
41
46.0
2018 Just Cause 4
48
53.6
41
45.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
51
57.7
44
49.1
2018 Strange Brigade
74
82.3
66
74.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
46
52.2
42
47.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
63
70.6
46
51.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
66
74.2
56
63.1
2017 For Honor
89
98.9
75
84.1
2017 Project CARS 2
63
70.0
53
59.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76
84.9
64
72.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
38
43.1
42
47.3
2016 Hitman
54
60.4
64
71.4
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
66
74.2
57
64.1
2016 The Division
47
53.0
47
52.9
2016 Overwatch
98
109.6
72
80.5
2016 Dishonored 2
45
51.1
39
43.5
2015 DiRT Rally
89
99.3
95
106.1
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
55
61.4
49
55.5
2015 The Witcher 3
47
52.6
45
50.2
2015 Total War: Attila
42
46.8
37
41.7
2015 Rocket League
259
288.4
220
245.4
2015 Need For Speed
71
79.9
61
68.0
2015 Project CARS
68
76.6
58
65.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
119
132.6
107
119.2
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
68
75.6
67
74.5
2014 GRID Autosport
93
104.4
87
97.7
2014 Shadow of Mordor
72
80.1
83
92.4
2014 The Talos Principle
78
87.3
91
101.7
2013 Crysis 3
54
60.5
55
61.9
2013 Battlefield 4
76
85.3
71
79.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
178
197.8
151
168.2
2009 League of Legends
333
370.8
283
315.4

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
42
53.0
38
47.7
2019 Metro Exodus
21
27.3
19
24.5
2019 World War Z
39
49.6
34
42.5
2019 Gears of War 5
29
37.0
26
33.3
2019 F1 2019
36
45.4
32
40.8
2019 GreedFall
33
41.7
30
37.5
2019 Borderlands 3
22
28.5
20
25.6
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
44
56.2
40
50.5
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
19
24.6
17
22.1
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
29
37.0
26
33.3
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47
59.4
35
44.0
2018 Hitman 2
31
39.6
24
30.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31
39.6
26
33.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
32
40.4
27
34.3
2018 Strange Brigade
45
57.3
41
51.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31
39.6
28
36.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
36
46.0
26
33.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42
53.6
36
45.6
2017 For Honor
46
57.7
39
49.1
2017 Project CARS 2
39
49.4
33
42.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
61
76.6
52
65.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
32
40.1
34
43.4
2016 Hitman
35
44.5
43
54.5
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
38
48.6
36
45.9
2016 The Division
30
38.2
32
40.0
2016 Overwatch
60
75.6
44
55.3
2016 Dishonored 2
34
43.7
29
37.2
2015 DiRT Rally
54
68.4
60
75.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
40.6
31
39.3
2015 The Witcher 3
31
39.1
31
39.2
2015 Total War: Attila
24
30.6
23
29.7
2015 Rocket League
98
123.6
84
105.1
2015 Need For Speed
49
61.8
42
52.6
2015 Project CARS
46
58.5
39
49.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
68
85.8
61
77.1
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
40
50.4
41
51.8
2014 GRID Autosport
63
79.2
59
74.0
2014 Shadow of Mordor
44
55.8
46
57.6
2014 The Talos Principle
48
61.2
60
75.0
2013 Crysis 3
30
37.8
32
40.3
2013 Battlefield 4
43
54.5
43
54.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
131
164.8
112
140.2
2009 League of Legends
164
206.0
140
175.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
30
40.1
30
40.1
2019 Anthem
20
26.6
20
26.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
28
37.8
28
37.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
32
42.3
28
38.1
2019 Metro Exodus
18
23.8
16
21.3
2019 World War Z
31
41.8
27
35.8
2019 Gears of War 5
24
32.3
22
29.1
2019 F1 2019
30
39.8
27
35.7
2019 GreedFall
23
31.5
21
28.3
2019 Borderlands 3
17
23.2
15
20.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
36
48.0
32
43.1
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
16
21.5
14
19.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
24
32.3
22
29.1
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
53.0
29
39.1
2018 Hitman 2
25
33.7
19
25.7
2018 Just Cause 4
24
32.2
20
27.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
24
32.0
20
27.2
2018 Strange Brigade
35
47.3
32
42.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
25
33.2
23
30.5
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
26
35.2
21
27.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
36
48.5
31
41.2
2017 For Honor
35
46.3
29
39.4
2017 Project CARS 2
36
48.5
31
41.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
57
75.4
48
64.1
2016 Overwatch
46
61.3
34
44.9
2016 Dishonored 2
31
41.9
27
35.6
2015 Rocket League
73
97.0
62
82.5
2015 Need For Speed
41
55.1
35
46.9
2015 Project CARS
40
53.3
34
45.4
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
51
67.2
45
60.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127
167.5
108
142.5
2009 League of Legends
117
154.3
99
131.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
18
26.1
16
23.5
2019 Metro Exodus
12
17.2
10
15.4
2019 World War Z
20
28.6
17
24.4
2019 Gears of War 5
16
23.4
14
21.0
2019 F1 2019
20
28.9
18
25.9
2019 GreedFall
12
17.2
10
15.4
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.8
9
13.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
23
33.5
21
30.1
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
15.6
9
14.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
16
23.4
14
21.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
27
39.6
20
29.0
2018 Hitman 2
16
23.4
12
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
14
20.6
12
17.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
19.4
11
16.5
2018 Strange Brigade
21
31.2
19
28.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
15
22.5
14
21.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
19.8
12
18.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
37.1
22
31.5
2017 For Honor
20
28.8
17
24.5
2017 Project CARS 2
28
41.2
24
35.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
45
64.3
38
54.7
2016 Overwatch
27
39.1
20
28.7
2016 Dishonored 2
24
34.6
20
29.4
2015 Rocket League
40
57.7
34
49.1
2015 Need For Speed
28
41.2
24
35.0
2015 Project CARS
28
41.2
24
35.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
27
39.8
25
35.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
103
148.3
88
126.2
2009 League of Legends
57
82.4
49
70.1
GTX 1060 6GB vs R9 390 with i7-6700K vs i7-4790K 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 390 / i7-4790K

At 1440p, R9 390 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 390 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 390 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the R9 390 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

GTX 1060 6GB vs R9 390 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
Board NumberPG410C679
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 390
GPU Clock1506 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Pirate Islands (R9 300)
Launch Price199 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Jun 18th, 2015

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.16
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
ArchitecturePascalGCN 2.0
Die Size314 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameGP104Grenada
GPU VariantGP104-150-A1Grenada PRO (215-0880030)
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million6,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s384.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit512 bit
Memory Size6144 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
ROPs4864
Shading Units12802560
TMUs80160

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 6GB R9 390
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS5,120 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)640.0 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s160.0 GTexel/s

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cleaversculling 1 year ago
Which one should I buy? Thank you390x is about 120$ more expensive than gtx 1060Rx 480 is the cheapest one around
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factorvolvox 1 year ago
There are about 5 games in the world that run DX12 and/or Vulkan. There are hundreds, if not thousands of games that run DX11 and older, or Open GL.Newegg is having a "sales event" right now, and I'm seeing a lot of GTX1060's right around the 0-0 mark. Much better than the 0 GTX1060's I was seeing two weeks ago. The cheapest 390x is still around 0, and the RX480's are right around the 0-260 range as well.My vote goes to a GTX1060 if you're going to buy one in the next 3-4 days.
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thankchase 1 year ago
They're the same price at my local bestbuy right now, 0. Also, would paying the extra 0 be worth it for a 1070
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subduedicecream 1 year ago
microcenter selling a gtx 1060 3gb for around 0 but i also found someone on craigslist selling an R9 390x for 0 which gpu should i get?
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sheepmashing 1 year ago
Hello. So i am gonna build a pc and don't know wich gpu i should get because i can get them for the same price.Wich one is more future proof? Most performance?Specs:I5 660016 GB DDR4 RAM650 WATT PSUR9 390 - RX 480 - GTX 1060????
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uncheckedseasoned 1 year ago
What is better for cost and future proof.R9 390 has 8GB memory, but high power need(I don't care) GTX 1060 has 6GB. I don't know what is better. cost is vary important to me. My target is Full HD display. What about 970? it is cheaper than 390 of course. is it worth to buy r9 390? for extra 4 GB Video memory and a few FPS. Thanks alot
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speechquill 1 year ago
If the 1060 is around 980, it won't be enough for 1440p, which is 1070 territory. So its ideal for 1080p ultra and can maintain 60fps as games her more demanding. Its not a waste at 1080p - that's it's target.
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robbriefcase 1 year ago
Trying to determine which would be the better option for my computer that im building. I have the ability to obtain a secondhand r9 390 for 240$, as compared to the GTX 1060 which is listed at 260 for the 6gb model, or cheaper for the 3gb. Which should i go for here? It would be paired up with an i5-6600k clocked at 3.5, with the potential to overclock.Thanks.
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firefoxbarnaby 1 year ago
Do R9 390 Perform like a GTX 980? of course not, add 20$ and get a brand new GTX 1060. 20$ isnt much, for 20$ more you will get ~15-25% more performance.
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casuallythinning 1 year ago
I currently have two video cards, The GTX 1060 6 GB from ASUS and an XFX R9 390 8 GB.I have a dual Acer KG240 144HZ FreeSync monitor setup. Should I stay the AMD route and continue buying the next AMD card to come out, or should I save some cash for another GTX card and GSync monitors?Also which one is going to be better to play with, the AMD card or the GTX card on my monitors?
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