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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 GeForce GTX 550 Ti EVGA SC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 224% 340%
Cyberpunk 2077 345% 504%
Doom Eternal 179% 278%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 224% 340%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 100% 171%
Halo: Reach 3% 40%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 345% 504%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 345% 504%
Grand Theft Auto VI 395% 572%
Need For Speed Heat 224% 340%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti EVGA SC Edition.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 19 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. This results in the Radeon R7 260 providing 16.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 19 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 550 Ti, but the GTX 550 Ti has 8 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the GTX 550 Ti exhibits a 7.5 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 a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the Radeon R7 260 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon R7 260 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 550 Ti has 12.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is slightly better than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti EVGA SC Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 377. The Radeon R7 260 having 276 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R7 260 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon R7 260 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 550 Ti. This means that the Radeon R7 260 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti EVGA SC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti. The Radeon R7 260 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 550 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R7 260 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs981 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PROFermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date17 Dec 2013vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.7
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1600x900
7.5
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6.4
1920x1080
5.7
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4.9
2560x1440
4
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3
3840x2160
2.4
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1128 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs108.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs192
Actual Shader Performance31%vs18%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs32
Texture Rate48 GTexel/svs31.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs24
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs23.5 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 Ampsvs400 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti EVGA SC Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
The new features include increases in the core and memory clocks from 900MHz to 981MHz and from 1025MHz to 1028MHz, respectively.
Benchmarks indicate a 6.5% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Some modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution but the largest part will have to be played with a 720p resolution to be played optimally.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core CPU.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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