GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X 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

8

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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Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Much higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s More than 65% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,953 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Significantly more shading units 2,816 vs 1,280 1536 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 176 vs 80 96 more texture mapping units
Higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 123.5 GTexel/s Around 45% higher texture rate
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 192 bit Around 2.8x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 55% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 60% higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Better PassMark score 8,686 vs 7,331 Around 20% better PassMark score
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,000 MHz More than 75% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 60% higher memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 64 GPixel/s More than 15% higher pixel rate
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,049 vs 3,510 Around 45% better PassMark direct compute score
Much lower TDP 120W vs 300W 2.5x lower TDP

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

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
624.45 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
580.15 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
105.88 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
158.52 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.39 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
819.91 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,198.69 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
8.83 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.82 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
111.64 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
113.61 frames/s

PassMark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Comments

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So based on every gaming metric that matters the most and it loses on, but a load of secondary stuff it wins, the 1060 wins? Er, what?
https://uk.m.webuy.com/product-detail/computing/pci-express-graphics-cards/ati-radeon-r9-290x-4gb-dx-11/sgraatir9290x4gb , the price went up by £20 a week ago I paid £110
R9 290x 4gb is £120 with a 24 month warranty in cex. It's a great Graphics card and acts as a room heater as well
No you can't. The cheapest I can find is a used one for 180 including shipping. Take the X off and you can find them for under 150.00, but that isn't the same as the X
The price is bs, you can get the R9 290x for under $150...
r9 290x produces just 69 fps? This joke is not funny
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