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Radeon R7 260X vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon R7 260X comes with a GPU core speed of 1100 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which has a clock speed of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 7000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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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 will be 10% faster than the Radeon R7 260X in general, due to its higher 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 a lot (about 22%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is superior to the Radeon R7 260X, but not by far. (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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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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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