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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 220% 202%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 192% 177%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 183% 168%
FIFA 21 61% 53%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 183% 168%
Watch Dogs Legion 208% 192%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 358% 334%
Grand Theft Auto VI 350% 325%
Genshin Impact 220% 202%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 203% 186%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 6870. This results in the R7 260X providing 6.5 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 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870, but the HD 6870 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 6870 exhibits a 12.8 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 a year more recently than the HD 6870, and so the R7 260X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6870 has 38.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6870 is noticeably better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 512. The R7 260X having 272 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition requires 225 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The HD 6870 requires 120 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1030 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTTerascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.7
vs green tick
8
1920x1080
5.9
vs green tick
6.1
2560x1440
4.2
vs green tick
4.3
3840x2160
2.5
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs134.4GB/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 Units896vs1120
Actual Shader Performance38%vs25%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate57.7 GTexel/svs51.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16.5 GPixel/svs29.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Wattsvs225 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Amps-

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 Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870 that features a small increase in the core-clock and a new cooling system called DirectCU.
The GPU runs cooler but the performance boost is of only 1% according to most benchmarks.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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