MSI Radeon R7 260X 

Released October, 2013
  • 1.2 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
6.3 Out of 10

Alongside the Radeon R9 280X and R9 270X, AMD launched its entry-level Radeon R7 260X graphics card, fit for visually-intensive desktops with some mild gaming thrown into the mix.
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That bandwidth is comparable to what GDDR5-enabled GPUs with 256-bit wide interfaces managed, before the 4 GT/s GDDR5 era.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R7 260X among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Radeon R7 260X
5.2
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon R7 260X
6.0
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Radeon R7 260X
6.4
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon R7 260X
7.0
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Radeon R7 260X
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon R7 260X
9.1
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.3

Overall Score

Radeon R7 260X
6.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R7 260X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R7 260X
225.27 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti Retail
122.04 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
173.22 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R7 260X
43.62 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti Retail
56.01 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
44.94 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R7 260X
3,359.04

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R7 260X
3,690.84

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R7 260X
33.7

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R7 260X
264.35

Thief

Radeon R7 260X
7.7

Battlefield 4

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R7 260X


7.8
While the AMD cooler disappoints, I'm confident that board partners will soon release custom cards with better heatsinks that should alleviate this issue.

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Applications

HIS is following their established graphics card styling, with a metal application that looks like stamped metal, though it is actually made of plastic.
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This means that R7 260X should just be able to handle full HD 1080p gaming at reasonable detail settings, in most cases without anti-aliasing, and lowered details in some more demanding titles.
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Unfortunately I could not overclock memory beyond 1800 MHz, which looked more like a software issue than a limitation of the memory itself.
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Performance

A card in this performance class should be well below 30 dBA.
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It is possible that running at higher clocks has such a big effect on power, or that performance just doesn't scale as well with higher clocks on this chip (Bonaire), which would affect the performance per Watt metric, too.
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Another surprise is the use of fast 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, but unfortunately the R7 260X runs only 1600 MHz memory clock, and not 1750 MHz that the memory would officially support.
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Overclocking

8.0The Radeon R7 260X is pretty much an overclocked HD 7790.
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HIS did not overclock their card, which is quite unfortunate because it has the card match the performance numbers of the AMD R7 260X reference design to a tee.
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Overclocking is decent and reaches slightly high clocks within the typical range for a Bonaire-based product.
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Displays

Multi-monitor and Blu-ray power consumption is bad, like on most AMD cards, due to suboptimal clock and voltage settings in the BIOS.
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Single-monitor idle power consumption of the R7 260X achieved new record levels, running at just 4W of power.
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Gaming

With the good HD 7790 numbers in mind I was a bit disappointed by gaming power consumption of the R7 260X.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Bonaire
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,175 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R7 260X 1.1 GHz 2 GB

raw performance

Shading units 896
Texture mapping units 56
Render output processors 16
Compute units 14
Pixel rate 18.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 65.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,105.6 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,625 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,500 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 104 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 115W
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Comments

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The Thief and Battlefield benchmarks are utterly wrong. Please correct them !!
I have a different version of PowerColor 2gb and recommend https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46cd75908036210654583a131bdf9fd0e1f6ac8d0e84258443941e68bb47af41.png
I have this card. I hate it. It Full of black screens and instability. It made me buy a good power supply but turned out it was bad drivers. Awful card. Terrible drivers.. Not recommended
yes, it surely will.. :)
this one is 2 x DVI
guys do u know if this card will fit in my cooler master elite 310 ?
Hey guys! If you intresting in this card check out this build using R7 260x ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f58cKamr1M&list=PLrhDBwvPaHV8X4UPLeDZSbPayyFvQTTkt
Hey guys! Check out this build using r9 270x graphics card : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f58cKamr1M&list=PLrhDBwvPaHV8X4UPLeDZSbPayyFvQTTkt
I am confused with both versions of Sapphire which version is better and now a days packets of them is same from outside. :I
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