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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition Radeon R7 260X v2
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 320%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 320%
eFootball PES 2020 26% 109%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 54% 331%
Control 91% 436%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 367%
Borderlands 3 15% 223%
Red Dead Redemption 2 50% 320%
F1 2019 24% 249%
Doom Eternal 6% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2.

The R9 390 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 104 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. This results in the R9 390 providing 105.6 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 R9 390 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. This results in the R9 390 providing 48.6 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 390 was released over a year more recently than the R7 260X, and so the R9 390 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R7 260X.

The R9 390 has 7168 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 390 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390 has 288 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is massively better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X v2 has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390 is 2198 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 762. The R9 390 having 1436 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 390 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 390 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The R9 390 requires 270 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PROGCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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9.9
1600x900
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7.7
1920x1080
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5.9
2560x1440
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4.2
3840x2160
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2.5

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs896
Actual Shader Performance100%vs37%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs56
Texture Rate161.6 GTexel/svs56 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs16
Pixel Rate64.6 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1010MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Two-ball bearing: Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X v2 is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
Radeon R7 260X v2 Equips a GPU Codenamed Bonaire XT which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and was 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 1000MHz.

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 1500Hz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 1GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 105W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Radeon R7 260X v2 is a Direct Rebrand of the Older Radeon HD 7790 and Offers the same Performance.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 260X v2 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Middle-Class Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770TE 4-Core 2.3GHz
Intel Core i5-4670R 3.0GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3690
Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz
Intel Pentium G4620 3.7GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz
AMD FX-6100
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-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 Variants-Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iCooler 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iCooler 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iPower IceQ X 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 PowerColor OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire iCafe Gaming OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v1 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 XFX Core 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 XFX Core 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 Asus DirectCU II OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition

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