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Radeon R7 260X vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The Radeon R7 260X has core clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which comes with core clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R7 260X 4381 points
Radeon RX 550 3507 points
Difference: 874 (25%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (130%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 550 is 10% quicker than the Radeon R7 260X in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 10688 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be a lot (about 75%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26400 (75%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at FSAA, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (explain)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon R7 260X

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Radeon RX 550

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon R7 260X Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 April 2017
Code Name Bonaire XTX Polaris 12
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1100 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 6500 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 115 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 104000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61600 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17600 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 512
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2080 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon R7 260X

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Radeon RX 550

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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