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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 197% 220%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 172% 192%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 163% 183%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 163% 183%
FIFA 21 50% 61%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 142% 160%
Genshin Impact 197% 220%
Grand Theft Auto VI 318% 350%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 326% 358%
Watch Dogs Legion 187% 208%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the R7 260X. This results in the R7 260X providing 3.9 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 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R7 260X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X providing 1.1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The R7 260X has 1024 MB more video memory than the R7 260X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R7 260X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R7 260X has 8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the R7 260X is marginally better than the R7 260X.

Both the Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition have 896 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the R7 260X is 838 and by the R7 260X is 784. Knowing that the shader performance of the R7 260X is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition requires 115 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The R7 260X requires 10 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R7 260X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs1030 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXGCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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9.9
1600x900
8
green tick vs
7.7
1920x1080
6.1
green tick vs
5.9
2560x1440
4.4
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4.2
3840x2160
2.6
green tick vs
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/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 Units896vs896
Actual Shader Performance40%vs38%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs57.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 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 i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
DirectCU II achieves 20% lower temps with twice the dissipation area and 6X greater airflow then reference design.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X.
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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