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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 345% 254%
Red Dead Redemption 2 224% 158%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 100% 59%
Halo: Reach 3% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 345% 254%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 224% 158%
FIFA 20 73% 37%
Doom Eternal 179% 122%
Grand Theft Auto VI 395% 294%
Need For Speed Heat 224% 158%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950, but the HD 6950 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the HD 6950 exhibits a 22.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950, but the HD 6950 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the HD 6950 exhibits a 9.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 260 was released over three years more recently than the HD 6950, and so the Radeon R7 260 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6950 when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 260 and the Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6950 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is much better than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition has 1408. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 563. The Radeon R7 260 having 90 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6950. This means that the Radeon R7 260 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6950.

The Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950. The HD 6950 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PROTerascale 3 Cayman Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date17 Dec 2013vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.7
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10
1600x900
7.5
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8.2
1920x1080
5.7
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6.4
2560x1440
4
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4.7
3840x2160
2.4
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs1408
Actual Shader Performance31%vs27%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs88
Texture Rate48 GTexel/svs70.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 260 is a fast-middle-class graphics card based on the Second Revision of the GCN architecture. It packs a Core codenamed Bonaire PRO.
The Bonaire PRO is a cut-down version of the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It comes with 14 Compute Units and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. This, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Compared to the Bonaire XT Core, it has support for DirectX 11.2 and has support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 10% slower than Radeon HD 7790 and a little over that when taking Radeon R7 260X as a reference.
The card proves to be very inefficient seeing as it has a higher rated TDP board than Radeon HD 7790 and its release price of $109 makes Radeon HD 7850 a better option.
Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition is a special edition of high-end Radeon HD 6950.
The only new feature is a new cooling system which is more effective in a way it dissipates heat better and produces less noise. No changes that affect performance directly, such as OCking were made. Therefore, its performance is on level with the reference Radeon HD 6950.
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