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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 173%
Halo: Reach 11% 13%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 276%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 173%
Doom Eternal 141% 135%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 276%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 318%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 69%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 285% 276%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 173%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 560. This results in the R7 260X providing 14 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 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560, but the GTX 560 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 560 exhibits a 10.8 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 560, 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 560.

The R7 260X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 560 has 30.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is noticeably better than the R7 260X.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 895. The R7 260X having 273 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 560 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the R7 260X should consume less power than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition requires 115 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTX 560 requires 35 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 560 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs1175 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1GCN 1.1 Bonaire XTX
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date19 May 2011vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
vs green tick
8.1
1920x1080
6.1
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6.2
2560x1440
4.1
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4.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.6

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1625 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs104GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs896
Actual Shader Performance30%vs43%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs65.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs18.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs115 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 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 i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 925MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 80mm fans for doubled airflow.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X MSI OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1175MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
Propeller Blade Technology: 20% more airflow, 50% larger cooling area and Large 10CM fan.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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