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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 196% 220%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 171% 192%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 162% 183%
FIFA 21 49% 61%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 162% 183%
Watch Dogs Legion 186% 208%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 325% 358%
Grand Theft Auto VI 317% 350%
Genshin Impact 196% 220%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 180% 203%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 105 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 560. This results in the R7 260X providing 5.9 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 105 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 13.1 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 GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 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 GTX 560 has 38.4 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 v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 784. The R7 260X having 162 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.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 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 45 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 MHzvs1030 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1GCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date19 May 2011vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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9.9
1600x900
7.9
green tick vs
7.7
1920x1080
6.1
green tick vs
5.9
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
4.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs96GB/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%vs38%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs57.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs105 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 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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