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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition Radeon R7 260
Halo: Reach 2% 3%
Cyberpunk 2077 324% 345%
Red Dead Redemption 2 209% 224%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 90% 100%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 209% 224%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 324% 345%
Doom Eternal 165% 179%
Grand Theft Auto VI 371% 395%
FIFA 20 64% 73%
Need For Speed Heat 209% 224%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The R7 260X has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 260. This results in the R7 260X providing 10.8 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 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 260 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X 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 260X was released over a year more recently than the Radeon R7 260, 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 Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 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 Radeon R7 260 has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R7 260 is slightly better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 800 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653. The R7 260X having 147 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon R7 260 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition requires 85 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The Radeon R7 260 requires 10 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon R7 260 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTGCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date05 Feb 2015vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs768
Actual Shader Performance38%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units56vs48
Texture Rate58.8 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate16.8 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x3112vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power85 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 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 i3-4150 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v3, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1000MHz to 1050MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

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

Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X v3.
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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