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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X Radeon HD 6870
Overwatch 29% 32%
Battlefield 1 142% 149%
Doom 4 142% 149%
Watch Dogs 2 129% 135%
Days Gone 100% 100%
Need For Speed 142% 149%
FIFA 17 24% 27%
Mafia III 61% 65%
The Division 142% 149%
Forza Horizon 3 211% 219%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 260X has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon HD 6870. This results in the Radeon R7 260X providing 11.2 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 Radeon R7 260X has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 6870, but the Radeon HD 6870 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260X. As a result, the Radeon HD 6870 exhibits a 11.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 260X was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 6870, and so the Radeon 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 HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 260X has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 6870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Radeon HD 6870 has 30.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 6870 is noticeably better than the Radeon R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260X is 838 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6870 is 504. The Radeon R7 260X having 334 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon HD 6870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 6870. This means that the Radeon R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 6870. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon R7 260X should consume less power than the Radeon HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 260X requires 115 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6870 requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 6870. The Radeon HD 6870 requires 36 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD 6870 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXTerascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs22 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 36% vs green tick 47%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs1120
Actual Shader Performance40%vs24%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
Radeon R7 260X Equips a GPU Codenamed Bonaire XTX which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is an upgraded version of the Bonaire XT GPU previously used on Radeon 7790.
Bonaire XT has 14 Compute Units activated and thus offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1100MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1625Hz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB. This would be useful were the Graphics Card suited for 1080p Gaming, which is not the case.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 115W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Radeon R7 260X is the Fastest of all Radeon R7 260X Variants and Delivers Performance almost up to 10% over the Older Radeon HD 7790.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 260X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Middle-Class Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon HD 6870 is a fast high-end card made in 40nm fabrification process. It is based on the Barts XT architecure. Featuring 1120 Shaders, 56 texture units and 32 ROPs paired with fast 1GB GDDR5 video memory working on 1050 MHz, and core clock running at 900 MHz. Most latest games will be playable on High-Ultra and no AA with 1080p, except Demanding ones such as Far Cry 3 or Assassins Creed 3, which requires lowering settings to high, without Anti-Aliasing, while Crysis 3 needs medium-high graphical settings in order to achieve playable FPS.
Recommended CPUAMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
AMD Phenom 9600B Quad-Core
AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core
AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
Intel Core i3-2100T 2.5GHz
AMD Athlon X4 880K
AMD APU A10-7890K Quad-Core
Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9GHz
Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 980
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 680 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 680 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 4GB Edition
GPU VariantsRadeon R7 260X XFX Double D 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X Club3D royalKing Edition
Radeon R7 260X Sapphire 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R7 260X PowerColor TurboDuo OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X VisionTek OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 1.0 Edition
Radeon R7 260X Gigabyte 2GB OC Rev. 2.0 Edition
Radeon R7 260X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R7 260X Crossfire
Radeon HD 6870 XFX 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition
Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 6870 XFX 1GB Core Edition
Radeon HD 6870 Gigabyte OC Edition
Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition
Radeon HD 6870 XFX Black Edition
Radeon HD 6870 XFX DD XXX Edition
Radeon HD 6870 MSI Hawk 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire