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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition Radeon R7 260
Cyberpunk 2077 227% 239%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 202% 213%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 236% 248%
Genshin Impact 230% 242%
eFootball PES 2021 67% 73%
Marvel's Avengers 213% 224%
Watch Dogs Legion 219% 230%
FIFA 21 67% 73%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 374% 391%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 192% 203%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The R7 260 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon R7 260. This results in the R7 260 providing 2.4 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 260 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260 providing 0.8 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 260 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 R7 260, 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 memory bandwidth of the Radeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition and the Radeon R7 260 are the same, which means the R7 260 and the Radeon R7 260 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition and the Radeon R7 260 have 768 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the R7 260 has 2.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 0.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the R7 260 takes the edge.

The Radeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition requires 95 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the R7 260 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire PROGCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date20 Jan 2014vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs96GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs768
Actual Shader Performance33%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units48vs48
Texture Rate50.4 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate16.8 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 260 MSI 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon R7 260.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1050MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost and so this card performs identically to GeForce GTX 750.
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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