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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 197% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 172% 34%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 163% 29%
FIFA 21 50% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 318% 105%
Hitman 3 287% 90%
Genshin Impact 197% 46%
Far Cry 6 330% 111%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 326% 109%
Watch Dogs Legion 187% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. This results in the GTX 680 providing 80.5 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 GTX 680 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. This results in the GTX 680 providing 17.9 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 R7 260X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, 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 680.

The GTX 680 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 GTX 680 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 680 has 88.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 680 is much better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 838 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The GTX 680 having 968 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 680 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB Edition requires 115 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The GTX 680 requires 80 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 680 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 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1176 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTXKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6.1
vs green tick
8.8
2560x1440
4.4
vs green tick
6.4
3840x2160
2.6
vs green tick
4.7

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1625 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth104GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs1536
Actual Shader Performance40%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate61.6 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate17.6 GPixel/svs35.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power115 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs550 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

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

Performance
Benchmarks indicate no performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X.
GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition features an increased core-clock that went from 1006MHz to 1110MHz and the turbo boost from 1100MHz to 1176MHz. The amount of memory was also increased from 2GB to 4GB, proving useful if gaming at high resolutions and using many image improving techniques, though we consider this excessive.
Expect a 9% performance boost when compared to the standard card.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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