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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 197% 46%
Hitman 3 287% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 172% 34%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 163% 29%
FIFA 21 50% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 318% 105%
Far Cry 6 330% 111%
Genshin Impact 197% 46%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 326% 109%
Battlefield 6 287% 90%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X.

The GTX 680 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 260X. This results in the GTX 680 providing 80.5 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 GTX 680 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260X. This results in the GTX 680 providing 17.9 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 Radeon R7 260X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, 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 GTX 680.

The GTX 680 has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon R7 260X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 680 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 680 has 88.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 680 is much better than the Radeon R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260X is 838 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The GTX 680 having 968 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 680 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X requires 115 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The GTX 680 requires 80 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 680 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1176 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs192.3GB/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 Units896vs1536
Actual Shader Performance40%vs87%
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs35.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs550 Watts & 42 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 i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
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.

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.

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.

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.
GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition features an increased core-clock that went from 1006MHz to 1110MHz and the turbo boost from 1100MHz to 1176MHz. The amount of memory was also increased from 2GB to 4GB, proving useful if gaming at high resolutions and using many image improving techniques, though we consider this excessive.
Expect a 9% performance boost when compared to the standard card.
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