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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 Radeon Sky 500
Red Dead Redemption 2 224% 159%
Cyberpunk 2077 345% 256%
Doom Eternal 179% 123%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 224% 159%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 100% 60%
Halo: Reach 3% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 345% 256%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 345% 256%
Grand Theft Auto VI 395% 296%
Need For Speed Heat 224% 159%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Sky 500 are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 was released less than a year after the Radeon Sky 500, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon R7 260, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon Sky 500 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 57.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is much better than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon Sky 500 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is 790. The Radeon Sky 500 having 137 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon Sky 500 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts to run and the Radeon Sky 500 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The Radeon Sky 500 requires 55 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon Sky 500 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs950 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO-
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date17 Dec 2013vs25 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs1280
Actual Shader Performance31%vs38%
Texture Mapping Units48vs-
Texture Rate48 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units16vs-
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs-
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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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.
Radeon Sky 500 is a high-end GFX that's based on the 28nm, GCN architecture.
Its performance is comparable to a single Radeon HD 7870, due to the Core similarities but consumes less power (up to 150 Watt).
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