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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 260 (OEM) GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 228% 235%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 228% 235%
Cyberpunk 2077 350% 360%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 50% 53%
Need For Speed Heat 228% 235%
The Outer Worlds 173% 179%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 350% 360%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 206% 213%
Borderlands 3 246% 254%
FIFA 20 75% 79%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 260 (OEM) are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB.

The R9 260 has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 650 Ti, but the GTX 650 Ti has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 260. As a result, the GTX 650 Ti exhibits a 1.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 260. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 260 has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 650 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 260 providing 1.9 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 R9 260 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 650 Ti, and so the R9 260 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 Radeon R9 260 (OEM) and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 260 has 17.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the R9 260 is slightly better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon R9 260 (OEM) has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 260 is 986 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 753. The R9 260 having 233 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 260 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon R9 260 (OEM) requires 115 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the R9 260. The GTX 650 Ti requires 35 Watts more than the R9 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 650 Ti may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 260.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Bonaire XTKepler GK106-220-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date21 Dec 2013vs01 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 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 Performance47%vs36%
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs62.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs15.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 260 (OEM) is an OEM only Graphics Card based on the Bonaire XTX core of the Graphics Core Next Architecture.

The Bonaire XTX Core has its roots on the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface.
However and when compared to Radeon HD 7790, Radeon R7 260X has its central unit running at 1100MHz. Furthermore, its operating memory clock is significantly higher and of 1625MHz, leading to extra memory bandwidth.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is quite superior to its predecessors (Radeon HD 7770), but famous Radeon HD 7850 and its GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition still offer much more performance.
Expect to run most modern demanding games, such as Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light at high-settings, though a 1080p resolution will probably reduce your gaming experience and something more modest might be best suited.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
This edition features a new and better cooling system called DirectCU II with that utilizes direct contact copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference according to Asus and an increase in the central clock that went from 928MHz to 980MHz. The Memory clock was left untouched.
This edition performs better than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB because it's higher clocked and not because of the extra video memory.
Benchmarks indicate there's a 2.5% boost when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Consumers will want to get the TOP version for superior performance.
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