AMD Radeon R7 260: Affordable DX11 GPU

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Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely, power consumption, temperatures, and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics and tracked how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea of how much power each configuration used while idling and also while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

With its smaller frame buffer, lower clocks, and fewer stream processors, it should come as no surprise that that Radeon R7 260 consumed the least amount of power here. Under both idle and load conditions, the card's power consumption landed behind the Radeon HD 7790 and R7 260X.

We're not going to dwell on these numbers or talk about temperatures or noise, however, since the card we tested won't be sold at retail.  The custom partner boards that are coming down the pipeline we'll surely offer different peak temperatures and noise levels than the reference card.
 


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