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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 740 v2 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition Radeon R7 260
Cyberpunk 2077 362% 239%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 326% 213%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 374% 248%
Genshin Impact 366% 242%
eFootball PES 2021 135% 73%
Marvel's Avengers 341% 224%
Watch Dogs Legion 349% 230%
FIFA 21 135% 73%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 568% 391%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 312% 203%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 v2 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition.

The GT 740 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260, but the Radeon R7 260 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 740. As a result, the Radeon R7 260 exhibits a 13.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 740. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 740 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GT 740 providing 1.4 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 GT 740 was released less than a year after the Radeon R7 260, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 260 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GT 740, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R7 260 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R7 260 has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R7 260 is slightly better than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 740 is 417 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653. The Radeon R7 260 having 236 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 GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition requires 64 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GT 740 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The Radeon R7 260 requires 31 Watts more than the GT 740 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 GT 740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1085 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK107-425-A2GCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date29 May 2014vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
9.7
1600x900
5.9
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7.5
1920x1080
4.9
vs green tick
5.7
2560x1440
3.2
vs green tick
4
3840x2160
2.1
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2.4

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB 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 Units384vs768
Actual Shader Performance20%vs31%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs48
Texture Rate34.7 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate17.4 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power64 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4360 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 740 v2 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 740 v2.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution which will not yield any performance boost, as GeForce GT 740 v2 does not benefit from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 993MHz to 1085MHz, while the memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a significant performance boost of up to 9% making it almost 3% faster than a GeForce GTX 650.
Radeon 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.
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