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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition Radeon R7 260
Red Dead Redemption 2 206% 224%
Cyberpunk 2077 320% 345%
Doom Eternal 163% 179%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 206% 224%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 89% 100%
Halo: Reach 3% 3%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 320% 345%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 320% 345%
Grand Theft Auto VI 367% 395%
Need For Speed Heat 206% 224%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The R7 360 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon R7 260. This results in the R7 360 providing 2.4 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 R7 360 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 360 providing 0.8 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 360 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon R7 260, and so the R7 360 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260 are the same, which means the R7 360 and the Radeon R7 260 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260 have 768 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the R7 360 is 685 and by the Radeon R7 260 is 653. Knowing that the shader performance of the R7 360 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition requires 100 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 360 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The R7 360 requires 5 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R7 360 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon R7 260.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Tobago PROGCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs768
Actual Shader Performance33%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units48vs48
Texture Rate50.4 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate16.8 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power100 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 360 XFX Core 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 360, created by XFX.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution

Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 360.
Radeon R7 260 is a fast-middle-class graphics card based on the Second Revision of the GCN architecture. It packs a Core codenamed Bonaire PRO.
The Bonaire PRO is a cut-down version of the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It comes with 14 Compute Units and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. This, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Compared to the Bonaire XT Core, it has support for DirectX 11.2 and has support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 10% slower than Radeon HD 7790 and a little over that when taking Radeon R7 260X as a reference.
The card proves to be very inefficient seeing as it has a higher rated TDP board than Radeon HD 7790 and its release price of $109 makes Radeon HD 7850 a better option.
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