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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 260 v4 Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 376% 72%
Halo: Reach 51% 45%
Cyberpunk 2077 553% 137%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 376% 72%
Doom Eternal 309% 48%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 553% 137%
Grand Theft Auto VI 627% 163%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 193% 6%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 553% 137%
Need For Speed Heat 376% 72%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 v4.

The HD 7950 has a 362 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 260. This results in the HD 7950 providing 65.4 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 HD 7950 has a 362 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GTX 260. This results in the HD 7950 providing 13.7 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 HD 7950 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 260, and so the HD 7950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 260.

The HD 7950 has 1280 MB more video memory than the GTX 260, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 127.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 260, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v4 has 192 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 260 is 229 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417. The HD 7950 having 1188 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 260.

The HD 7950 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 260. This means that the HD 7950 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v4 requires 182 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 260 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed518 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock-vs930 MHz
ArchitectureTesla G200-103-B2GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date08 Dec 2009vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1792 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1008 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus448 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.9GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs1792
Actual Shader Performance11%vs68%
Texture Mapping Units64vs112
Texture Rate33.2 GTexel/svs98.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units28vs32
Pixel Rate14.5 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power182 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 260 v4 is an OEM only, Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-103-B2 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 518MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1792MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1008MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 182W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance slightly below Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is considerably faster than GeForce GTS 250.
Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
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