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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 GeForce GTX 560
Red Dead Redemption 2 224% 206%
Halo: Reach 3% 3%
Cyberpunk 2077 345% 320%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 224% 206%
Doom Eternal 179% 163%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 345% 320%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 88% 88%
Grand Theft Auto VI 395% 367%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 345% 320%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 100% 89%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 560. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon R7 260 manages to provide 2.6 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 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 560, but the GeForce GTX 560 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the GeForce GTX 560 exhibits a 9.9 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 GeForce GTX 560, 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 GeForce GTX 560.

The Radeon R7 260 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GeForce GTX 560 has 32.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 560 is noticeably better than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 560 is 544. The Radeon R7 260 having 109 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 560 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 560. This means that the Radeon R7 260 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 560.

The Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GeForce GTX 560. The GeForce GTX 560 requires 55 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 560 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 MHzvs810 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PROFermi GF114-325-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date17 Dec 2013vs17 May 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1001 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs128.1GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs336
Actual Shader Performance31%vs26%
Texture Mapping Units48vs56
Texture Rate48 GTexel/svs45.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs25.9 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 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 i5-2300 2.8GHz
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 560 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF114-325-A1 which has 7 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 336 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 810MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1001Hz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

GeForce GTX 560 competes with Radeon HD 6850 and proves to be around 10% faster.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 560 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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