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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 196% 194%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 173% 171%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 204% 201%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 329% 325%
Genshin Impact 199% 196%
eFootball PES 2021 51% 49%
FIFA 21 51% 49%
Watch Dogs Legion 188% 186%
Death Stranding 199% 196%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 165% 162%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB 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 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 Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 895 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622. 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 Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition requires 105 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560. 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 Speed1175 MHzvs925 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTFermi GF114-325-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs19 May 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/secvs134.4GB/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 Units896vs336
Actual Shader Performance43%vs30%
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate65.8 GTexel/svs51.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate18.8 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v2, created by MSI.

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

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 2GB.
However, because the Graphics Card itself is not Powerful enough to work under circumstances in which 2GB are needed, such as 1080p, it is mostly a gimmick.

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

Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X v2.
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

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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
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