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Radeon R7 260X vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon R7 260X comes with core speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 560 should be a little bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is much (about 22%) better at anisotropic 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is superior to the Radeon R7 260X, though 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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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 7000 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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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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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