AMD Radeon R9 390 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

Price now 278$
Games supported 93%
AMD Radeon R9 390
Radeon R9 390
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 0
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 272$
Games supported 93%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating158143
Value for money29.5841.45
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 (2013−2017)Pascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameGrenadaGP106
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Designreferenceno data
Release date18 June 2015 (7 years ago)18 August 2016 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$329 $199
Price now$278 (0.8x MSRP)$272 (1.4x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560no data
Boost clock speed1000 MHzno data
Number of transistors6,200 million4,400 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm16 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)275 Wattno data
Texture fill rate160.0123.0
Floating-point performance5,120 gflops3,935 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm250 mm
Width2-slotno data
Supplementary power connectors1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pinno data
Bridgeless CrossFire1no data


Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5no data
High bandwidth memory (HBM)-no data
Maximum RAM amount0 MBno data
Memory bus width512 Bitno data
Memory clock speed1000 MHzno data
Memory bandwidth384 GB/sno data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPortno data
Eyefinity1no data
Number of Eyefinity displays6no data
HDMI+no data
DisplayPort support+no data


Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-no data
CrossFire1no data
Enduro-no data
FreeSync1no data
HD3D-no data
PowerTune+no data
TrueAudio+no data
ZeroCore-no data
VCE+no data
DDMA audio+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectXDirectX® 12no data
Shader Model6.36.4
OpenGL4.6no data
OpenCL2.0no data
Mantle+no data
CUDAno data6.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 390 30.52
GTX 1060 3 GB 32.35
  • Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

R9 390 9045
GTX 1060 3 GB 9588

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 593 Mh/s no data
Decred / DCR (Decred) 0.95 Gh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 29.26 Mh/s 19 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.81 kh/s no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 380.03 Sol/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 30.52 32.35
Novelty 18 June 2015 18 August 2016
Cost $329 $199
Chip lithography 28 nm 16 nm

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon R9 390


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

The differences in performance seem too small.

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Competitors of Radeon R9 390 by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon R9 390's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.


Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R9 390:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB from AMD is Radeon R9 Fury, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury Radeon R9 Fury

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB:

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