AMD Radeon R7 260: Affordable DX11 GPU

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon R7 260
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R7 270X
Radeon HD 7790
GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.121b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v331.70

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Bioshock Infinite
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Sleeping Dogs

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven v4.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The Radeon R7 260 trailed the pack in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. It finished about 17% behind the Radeon R7 260X and 11% behind the HD 7790. And the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost was way ahead, as you can see.

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ChuckRenninger one year ago

Hate when they change their model naming scheme... Bet it's equivalent to a 7750..

BharathanParamsothy one year ago

Actually, it replaces the 7770 1GB card....I wonder if AIBs will bring out 2GB versions just like with the 7770...

Alphanuker 9 months ago

AMD is getting better with the graphics cards they make

JessyTruong 5 months ago

With Mantle it makes their cards much more futureproof

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