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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 129% 220%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 109% 192%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 103% 183%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 103% 183%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 86% 160%
FIFA 21 16% 61%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 228% 358%
Watch Dogs Legion 121% 208%
Genshin Impact 129% 220%
Grand Theft Auto VI 222% 350%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 480. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R7 260X manages to provide 12.7 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 280 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 480, but the GTX 480 has 32 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 480 exhibits a 19.5 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 three years more recently than the GTX 480, 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 GTX 480 when running the latest games.

The GTX 480 has 512 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 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 480 has 96 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 480 is massively better than the R7 260X.

The GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition has 480 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 480 is 720 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784. The R7 260X having 64 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 480 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 480. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 480.

The GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTX 480 requires 145 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 480 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed750 MHzvs1030 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-375-A3GCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date20 Sep 2010vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
9.9
1600x900
8.9
green tick vs
7.7
1920x1080
7
green tick vs
5.9
2560x1440
4.9
green tick vs
4.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 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 Units480vs896
Actual Shader Performance35%vs38%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units60vs56
Texture Rate45 GTexel/svs57.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs16
Pixel Rate36 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 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 i7-875K Quad 2.93GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 480, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 750MHz, instead of 701MHz while the Operating Memory Clock was increased to 1000MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System was replaced by MSI's Twin Frozr III Thermal Design which means the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTX 480.
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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