Test Setup And Benchmarks
We'll compare the Radeon R7 260 to a wide range of cards from $80 to $140; we want a good overview of the budget-oriented marketplace. All of our benchmarks are run at 1920x1080 to show how AMD's latest handles Full HD.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Test System|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2550K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.2 GHz @ 1.3 V|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V LX. LGA 1155, Chipset: Intel Z77M|
|Networking||On-Board Gigabit LAN controller|
|Memory||Corsair Performance Memory, 4 x 4 GB, 1866 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T|
|Graphics||XFX Radeon R7 250 GDDR51000/1050 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1150 MHz (4600 MT/s)Reference AMD Radeon HD 7750800 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1125 MHz (4500 MT/s)Gigabyte Radeon HD 77701000 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1125 MHz (4500 MT/s)Gigabyte Radeon R7 2601000 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1500 MHz (6000 MT/s)Reference Radeon R7 260X1100 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1625 MHz (6500 MT/s)Reference Nvidia GT 640900 MHz GPU, 1 GB DDR3 at 891 MHz (1782 MT/s)Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 6501058 MHz GPU, 1 GB DDR3 at 1250 MHz (5000 MT/s)Reference Nvidia GTX 650 Ti925 MHz GPU, 1 GB DDR3 at 1350 MHz (5400 MT/s)|
|Hard Drive||Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB SSD, SATA 6Gb/s|
|Power||XFX PRO850W, ATX12V, EPS12V|
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64|
|Graphics Drivers||AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.5, Nvidia GeForce 332.21 WHQL|
We've almost completely eliminated mechanical storage in the lab, and instead lean on solid-state drives to alleviate I/O-related bottlenecks. Samsung sent all of our offices 256 GB 840 Pros, so we standardize on these exceptional SSDs.
Naturally, discrete graphics cards require a substantial amount of stable power, so XFX sent along its PRO850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified power supply. This modular PSU employs a single +12 V rail rated for 70 A. XFX claims that this unit provides 850 W of continuous power (not peak) at 50 degrees Celsius (a higher temperature than you'll find inside most enclosures).
|Metro: Last Light||Version 18.104.22.168, Built-in Benchmark|
|Grid 2||Version 22.214.171.12479, Built-in Benchmark Scene D6|
|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Version 1.05, Custom THG Benchmark, 40-Sec|
|Battlefield 4||Version 126.96.36.199, Custom THG Benchmark, 90-Sec|
|BioShock Infinite||Version 188.8.131.5218, Built-in Benchmark|
Current page: Test Setup And BenchmarksPrev Page Radeon R7 260: The Budget Hero That Hasn't Arrived Next Page Results: Battlefield 4
Stay on the Cutting Edge
Join the experts who read Tom's Hardware for the inside track on enthusiast PC tech news — and have for over 25 years. We'll send breaking news and in-depth reviews of CPUs, GPUs, AI, maker hardware and more straight to your inbox.
Mildly frustrating the HD 7790 is not included. Since its bonaire too? You know, the apples with apples concept?:/Reply
Why is the R7 260 called the "HD260" in your graphs?Reply
If the price difference is so small compared to the 260X, why would anyoneReply
bother with the 260? Skip a couple of beers and get a 260X. An utterly
unnecessary product IMO, it's just making use of dies that couldn't make the
grade for higher models.
Also, it's sad that we don't see single-slot cards anymore.
It will be fun to se those 260/260x compared to new gtx 750/ti !Reply
I'm agreed with the review,I think in their perspective the 7770 still selling well, there no rush to put 260 out...putting it out at 110~120 will cannibalize the 7770...Reply
Hmmm... I don't really know where I stand on this one. I suppose I want to see what happens when the market forces of supply and demand start having an effect on the price, otherwise, I think it's a pretty decent card but just TOO close to the 260X which may be the one I'd choose if I were looking for a card in that league. I'm getting my GTX 760 at month-end finally, so this is not going to turn my head or change my plans...Reply
That 260x seems like a decent value. The 260 not so much.Reply
So now add the R7 250x into the mix, and you have quite a mess in this segment....Reply
Great review, especially given what it's competing at in the same price range. It's interesting that AMD isn't pushing vendors to differentiate the products a bit more and get rid of the 7770s to allow more room for the R260s to breath. However...Reply
Naturally, discrete graphics cards require a substantial amount of stable power, so XFX sent along its PRO850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified power supply. This modular PSU employs a single +12 V rail rated for 70 A. XFX claims that this unit provides 850 W of continuous power
Statements like this are what's causing Watt inflation and the myth that you need a dedicated transformer to run a PC. The review itself points out that system wattage is less than a quarter of the max continuous wattage. I think it's a serious disservice to constantly repeat this statement when it's clearly not true. At the very least it should be rewritten a bit.
12618389 said:Also, it's sad that we don't see single-slot cards anymore.
I agree - that would be one way AMD could differentiate with some of these models is to have one or two designed to be single-slot and/or low profile. That would add some reason for this insanity.