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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 191% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 191% 40%
Cyberpunk 2077 300% 92%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 33% 36%
Need For Speed Heat 191% 40%
The Outer Worlds 142% 16%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 300% 92%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 172% 30%
Borderlands 3 207% 47%
FIFA 20 55% 26%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 67.8 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 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 14.8 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.

The R7 260X was released less than a year after the R9 280X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 185.6 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 v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 819 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The R9 280X having 1096 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 v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition requires 105 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 145 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.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1075 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1100 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date31 Oct 2013vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
8.7
2560x1440
4.3
vs green tick
6.5
3840x2160
2.6
vs green tick
5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1600 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth102.4GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs2048
Actual Shader Performance39%vs92%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate60.2 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate17.2 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts

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 i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 260X v2 HIS iPower IceQ X Turbo 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v2, created by HIS.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1075MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1600MHz, instead of 1500MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
IceQ X is one of the quietest coolers, making the card quieter than the reference cooler. The card is below 28dB when watching movies, surfing Facebook, working. The card remains quiet whether you are gaming, online socializing, entertaining or working.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 260X v2.
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "WindForce", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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