GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon R9 390 Comparison Review

In this article, we compare GTX 1060 vs R9 390 to determine which card offers the best gaming experience. The R9 390 is more than a year older than the GTX 1060 for those who consider how long the product has been in the market.

However, this is not always an issue when looking at AMD cards, AMD provides driver support for GPUs longer than Nvidia who intend to migrate as many users from generation to generation. In this article, we look at how the performance differs between the two articles and whether it is worth to upgrade to the newer card. Read on!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The GeForce GTX 1060 is the most popular graphics card in the Nvidia’s GTX 10’ series line up. It is based on the power efficient Pascal architecture and built on the GP106 chip in the 16 nm production process.

The GPU is fitted with 1280 shader processing units, which is half what the R9 390 offers. The core is set at a base frequency of 1506 MHz with the boost clock reaching 1708 MHz. The graphics card uses GDDR5 type memory connected using a 192-bit memory interface. The GTX 1060 exists in two versions, the 3 GB variant with half the memory and 128 fewer shaders and the 6 GB standard version.

The GTX 1060 supports OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 12 (12_1) APIs.

AMD Radeon R9 390

The AMD Radeon R9 390 is a high-end graphics card for desktops that was released in June 2015. It is based on the first revision of the Generation Core Next (GCN) architecture that has been in use since 2011.  The GPU is based on the Grenada Pro chip and is manufactured in the 28 nm production process.

The GPU offers 2560 shader processing units, which is double the 1060 used in this GTX 1060 vs R9 390 comparison. The chip also offers 160 texture mapping units and 64 render output processors. The central unit is clocked at 1000 MHz, which is only 50 MHz less than the R9 390X.

The GPU is fitted with a maximum of 8 GB GDDR5 type VRAM accessed through a 512-bit memory interface. The memory is clocked at 6000 MHz, the total memory bandwidth for the R9 is 384 GB/s. The card has two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort video connectors.


Benchmarks by the UserBenchmark place the 1060 6GB card at 12% faster than the Radeon R9. In the non-gaming benchmarks, the GTX 1060 scores 12.5%  higher than the 390 in the Passmark test. And, 0.7% better performance in the 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics benchmark.

In the gaming benchmarks, at 1080p resolution and maximum settings. The R9 390 leads in CS GO with 177 fps vs 160 fps by the 6GB 1060. In PUBG, the 1060 averages at 69 fps compared to 59 fps by the R9 and 102 fps in Fortnite vs 88 fps by the R9. Using the game GTA V, the 1060 provides 61 fps while the R9 provides 46 fps.


The performance difference is marginal by any means and does not warrant an upgrade. An increase of less than 30% performance cannot justify the purchase of new hardware, therefore, if you already have a R9 390 GPU, it will be better to upgrade to a GTX 1070 or 1080.

The GTX is however marginally better in performance and less power hungry. Both cards are great and you will be good to go with either. Hope our GTX 1060 vs R9 390 review was helpful. Do not hesitate to ask any question regarding this topic in the comments.