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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 166%
Halo: Reach 57% 16%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 265%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 166%
Doom Eternal 15% 128%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 265%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 95% 90%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 306%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 84% 265%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 64%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition.

The R7 260X has a 558 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 14.1 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 558 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 80 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 41.5 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 GTX 590, 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 GTX 590.

The GTX 590 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 GTX 590 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 590 has 219.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the R7 260X.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 905. The GTX 590 having 385 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 590 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 260X.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition requires 115 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTX 590 requires 250 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs1188 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1GCN 1.1 Bonaire XTX
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
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8.2
1920x1080
8.9
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6.3
2560x1440
6.6
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4.6
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.7

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1750 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs112GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs896
Actual Shader Performance62%vs44%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs56
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs66.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs16
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs19 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs115 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1100MHz to 1188MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1625MHz to 1750MHz.

Frame Buffer
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Cooling Solution
DirectCU II achieves 20% lower temps with twice the dissipation area and 6X greater airflow then reference design.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 6% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X.
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