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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 GeForce GTX 650 EVGA SC 2GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 224% 327%
Halo: Reach 3% 36%
Cyberpunk 2077 345% 486%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 224% 327%
Doom Eternal 179% 267%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 345% 486%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 88% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 395% 552%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 345% 486%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 100% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 EVGA SC 2GB Edition.

The GTX 650 has a 202 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260, but the Radeon R7 260 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the Radeon R7 260 exhibits a 9.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 650. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 has a 202 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 650 providing 3.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 650, 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 650.

The Radeon R7 260 and the GeForce GTX 650 EVGA SC 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 Radeon R7 260 has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R7 260 is slightly better than the GTX 650.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 EVGA SC 2GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 462. The Radeon R7 260 having 191 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R7 260 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 650.

The Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 650 EVGA SC 2GB Edition requires 64 Watts. 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 650. The Radeon R7 260 requires 31 Watts more than the GTX 650 to run. 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 650.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1202 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PROKepler GK107-450-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date17 Dec 2013vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs384
Actual Shader Performance31%vs22%
Texture Mapping Units48vs32
Texture Rate48 GTexel/svs38.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs19.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs64 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs400 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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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 650 EVGA SC 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 1GB.
This special edition comes overclocked out of the box to 1202MHz. This is an extreme overclock. It also features a 2GB frame buffer but it's known extra memory does not benefit this GPU in any way and so that feature is useless.
Gaming benchmarks indicate the performance is around 9.5% better when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650.
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