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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X Crossfire Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 66% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 52% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 134% 47%
FIFA 21 16% 47%
Genshin Impact 66% 5%
Far Cry 6 140% 52%
Hitman 3 116% 36%
Watch Dogs Legion 60% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 138% 50%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X Crossfire.

The R7 260X has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 94.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 260X. 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 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 32 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 19.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 260X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R7 260X Crossfire and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 280X has 2048 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 R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 368 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X Crossfire has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 1676. The R9 280X having 2420 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X Crossfire requires 230 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 320 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1000 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTX (x2)GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2013vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.3
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10
2560x1440
6.1
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3840x2160
4.6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth208GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs4096
Actual Shader Performance81%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs256
Texture Rate123.2 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power230 Wattsvs550 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R7 260X put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

Architecture
Each 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. Each Bonaire XT has 14 Compute Units activated and thus offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit of each GPU is clocked at 1100MHz.

Memory
Each 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
Each GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 230W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1920x1080, the best suited resolution, Radeon R7 260X Crossfire's Performance stands between GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 380.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 260X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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