GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.3

Overall Score

Winner
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 

GPUBoss recommends the MSI GeForce GTX 1060  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 290

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290

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Much higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s More than 65% higher memory bandwidth
Much better T-Rex score 3,356.28 vs 1,677.89 More than 2x better T-Rex score
Significantly more shading units 2,560 vs 1,280 Twice as many shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 160 vs 80 Twice as many texture mapping units
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 192 bit Around 2.8x wider memory bus
Better floating-point performance 4,800 GFLOPS vs 3,953 GFLOPS More than 20% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 152 GTexel/s vs 123.5 GTexel/s Around 25% higher texture rate
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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Much higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 60% higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 8,686 vs 7,049 Around 25% better PassMark score
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Much better T-Rex score 8.49 frames/s vs -1 frames/s Around 950% better T-Rex score
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 947 MHz More than 85% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,125 MHz Around 80% higher memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 60.6 GPixel/s More than 20% higher pixel rate
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 5,049 vs 3,242 More than 55% better PassMark direct compute score
Much lower TDP 120W vs 300W 2.5x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290 vs GeForce GTX 1060

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
547.72 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
466.23 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
89.33 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
159.26 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
2,473.76 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.73 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
483.87 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,110.62 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
-1 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.49 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
113.5 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
110.87 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
3,356.28
GeForce GTX 1060
1,677.89

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
3,712.67
GeForce GTX 1060
1,856.36

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