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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition Radeon HD 8740 (OEM)
Cyberpunk 2077 197% 414%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 172% 370%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 163% 355%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 163% 355%
FIFA 21 50% 159%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 142% 318%
Genshin Impact 197% 414%
Grand Theft Auto VI 318% 623%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 326% 636%
Watch Dogs Legion 187% 395%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 8740 (OEM).

The R7 260X has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 8740. This results in the R7 260X providing 36 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 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8740 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X providing 4.8 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 less than a year after the HD 8740, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition and the Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R7 260X has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 8740, which means that the memory performance of the R7 260X is noticeably better than the HD 8740.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 838 and the actual shader performance of the HD 8740 is 348. The R7 260X having 490 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 260X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 8740.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition requires 115 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) requires 55 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 8740. The R7 260X requires 60 Watts more than the HD 8740 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R7 260X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 8740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXGCN 1.0 Cape Verde PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs05 Sep 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8
green tick vs
5.6
1920x1080
6.1
green tick vs
4.6
2560x1440
4.4
green tick vs
3
3840x2160
2.6
green tick vs
2.1

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs72GB/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 Units896vs512
Actual Shader Performance40%vs17%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs32
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs25.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs12.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs55 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-3210 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

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 no performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X.
Overview
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is an OEM Only, Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Cape Verde PRO which has 8 Compute Units activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 800MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1125MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 55W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7750 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i3 Quad Core/AMD FX Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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