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Radeon R7 260X vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon R7 260X features a GPU clock speed of 1100 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 560, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 7000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 560 should be 10% faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 10688 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be much (approximately 22%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (22%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is just a bit (more or less 7%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R7 260X, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (7%)

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 560

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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 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 May 2017
Code Name Bonaire XTX Baffin
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1100 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 6500 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 115 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 104000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61600 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17600 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2080 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon R7 260X

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Radeon RX 560

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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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