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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 186% 265%
Hitman 3 272% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 162% 233%
Resident Evil 8 186% 265%
FIFA 21 44% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 302% 413%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 153% 223%
Genshin Impact 186% 265%
The Medium 257% 355%
Far Cry 6 314% 427%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 413 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the R7 260X providing 29.3 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 R7 260X has a 413 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 5.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 260X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 260X was released over three years more recently than the HD 6850, and so the R7 260X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6850 when running the latest games.

The R7 260X has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 6850 has 24 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is slightly better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 905 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The R7 260X having 533 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 260X delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6850.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850.

The Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition requires 115 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the R7 260X. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1188 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date09 Oct 2013vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8.2
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7
1920x1080
6.2
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5.5
2560x1440
4.5
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3.7
3840x2160
2.7
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs128GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs960
Actual Shader Performance44%vs18%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs48
Texture Rate66.5 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate19 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 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
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1100MHz to 1188MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
GIGABYTE custom-designed 10 cm cooler: As opposed to the stereotype, GIGABYTE is able to maximize fan size to 10cm with the latest cooling design. With a 10cm fan, the card is virtually silent that its noise level runs much lower.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X.
Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
There are no new features that affect Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition's gaming performance directly and so its performance is exactly like the one the standard Radeon HD 6850 delivers.
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