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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti Gainward 1GB Edition
Hitman 3 276% 374%
Cyberpunk 2077 189% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 164% 233%
Resident Evil 8 189% 265%
FIFA 21 46% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 306% 413%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 155% 223%
Genshin Impact 189% 265%
Far Cry 6 318% 427%
The Medium 260% 355%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Gainward 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 247 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650 Ti. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R7 260X manages to provide 6.4 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 247 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 650 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 260X providing 4 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 over a year more recently than the GTX 650 Ti, 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 650 Ti.

The R7 260X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 650 Ti, 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 17.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the R7 260X is slightly better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Gainward 1GB Edition has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 895 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 713. The R7 260X having 182 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 260X delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition requires 115 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Gainward 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1175 MHzvs928 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXKepler GK106-220-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs10 Jan 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1350 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs86.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs768
Actual Shader Performance43%vs34%
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate65.8 GTexel/svs59.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate18.8 GPixel/svs14.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

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

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

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

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

Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Gainward 1GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class.
This edition has no new features and so it performs exactly like the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
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