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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 423% 220%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 378% 192%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 363% 183%
FIFA 21 164% 61%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 363% 183%
Watch Dogs Legion 405% 208%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 650% 358%
Grand Theft Auto VI 636% 350%
Genshin Impact 423% 220%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 395% 203%

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 Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTS 450. This results in the R7 260X providing 30.5 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 180 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTS 450 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X providing 2.9 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 GTS 450, 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 GTS 450 when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 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 R7 260X has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTS 450, which means that the memory performance of the R7 260X is noticeably better than the GTS 450.

The GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTS 450 is 326 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784. The R7 260X having 458 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 GTS 450.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTS 450. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTS 450.

The GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition requires 106 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTS 450 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTS 450 requires 1 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTS 450 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs1030 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF106-250-KA-A1GCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date13 Sep 2010vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
9.9
1600x900
6.1
vs green tick
7.7
1920x1080
4.6
vs green tick
5.9
2560x1440
2.8
vs green tick
4.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed950 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth60.8GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB 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 Units192vs896
Actual Shader Performance16%vs38%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs56
Texture Rate27.2 GTexel/svs57.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate13.6 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power106 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 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 i3-560 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's fast-middle-class GeForce GTS 450, created by Asus.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 850MHz, instead of 783MHz while the Operating Memory Clock was increased to 950MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System was replaced by Asus's DirectCU Thermal Solution which is 20% cooler and 35% quieter.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTS 450.
Overview
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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