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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 220% 452%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 192% 405%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 183% 388%
FIFA 21 61% 178%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 183% 388%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 358% 691%
Watch Dogs Legion 208% 432%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 203% 422%
Grand Theft Auto VI 350% 676%
Genshin Impact 220% 452%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition.

The R7 260X has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4850. This results in the R7 260X providing 29.7 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 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 4850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X providing 5.3 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 R7 260X was released over three years more recently than the HD 4850, 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 4850 when running the latest games.

The R7 260X has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 4850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R7 260X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R7 260X has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4850, which means that the memory performance of the R7 260X is slightly better than the HD 4850.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784 and the actual shader performance of the HD 4850 is 392. The R7 260X having 392 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 260X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 4850.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4850. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4850.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1030 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTR700 RV770 PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 Aug 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.7
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5.9
1920x1080
5.9
green tick vs
4.4
2560x1440
4.2
green tick vs
2.6
3840x2160
2.5
green tick vs
1.7

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1100 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs70.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs800
Actual Shader Performance38%vs19%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs40
Texture Rate57.7 GTexel/svs28 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate16.5 GPixel/svs11.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1440x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v2, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1000MHz to 1030MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
Untouched.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X v2.
Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 4850.
The new features include increases in the core and memory clocks that went from 625MHz to 700MHz and from 993MHz to 1100MHz, respectively. A new cooling system is also available.
The overclocking is significant and benchmarks indicate it's around 5% when compared to the reference Radeon HD 4850.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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