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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 220% 127%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 192% 107%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 183% 101%
FIFA 21 61% 14%
Watch Dogs Legion 208% 119%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 183% 101%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 358% 225%
Grand Theft Auto VI 350% 219%
Godfall 419% 268%
Genshin Impact 220% 127%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6970, but the HD 6970 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 6970 exhibits a 32.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 260X. 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 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6970, but the HD 6970 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 6970 exhibits a 13.6 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 6970, 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 6970.

The HD 6970 has 1024 MB more video memory than the R7 260X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 6970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 6970 has 80 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6970 is much better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6970 is 722. The R7 260X having 62 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6970 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6970. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6970.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 6970. The HD 6970 requires 145 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6970 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 MHzvs940 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTTerascale 3 Cayman XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.7
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8.9
1920x1080
5.9
vs green tick
7
2560x1440
4.2
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5.2
3840x2160
2.5
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs176GB/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 Units896vs1536
Actual Shader Performance38%vs35%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs96
Texture Rate57.7 GTexel/svs90.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16.5 GPixel/svs30.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs550 Watts & 34 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 i7-875K Quad 2.93GHz
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 6970 Lightning Edition is a tweaked Radeon HD 6970 and part of the Radeon HD 6000 Series released by AMD in 2010/2011.
The only difference between Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition and Radeon HD 6970 appears to be the core clock, which was raised from 880MHz to 940MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 6970.
All demanding games, including very demanding one's like Metro 2033/The Witcher II will run on the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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