AMD Radeon R7 260X Versus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review

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AMD and NVIDIA Fight For The $139 Price Point

 Of all the R7 and R9 series cards that were released today, the AMD Radeon R7 260X is the most intriguing for a variety of reasons. This card is essentially a re-brand of the AMD Radeon HD 7790 with some unlocked goodies that were previously unknown. For example the Bonaire XT GPU used on the AMD Radeon HD 7790 was the first GPU to feature AMD TrueAudio and advanced CrossFire technologies. When the AMD Radeon HD 7790 was released in March 2013 there was no disclosure of these advancements, so it came as a shock to everyone that AMD had new technologies in this brand new GPU. We aren’t sure if AMD will ‘allow’ the Radeon HD 7790 to be ‘unlocked’ through the drivers or a BIOS update to get some of these new features, but time will tell.


Since the new AMD Radeon R7 260X uses the same exact 28nm Bonaire GPU as the Radeon HD 7790, it should come as no surprise that it features 896 stream processors and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory bus. The only big change here is the clock frequency has been increased from what it was on the AMD Radeon HD 7790. The AMD Radeon HD 7790 was clocked at 1000 MHz on the core and 1500 MHz on the memory.  The new AMD Radeon R7 260X runs at 1100 MHz on the core and 1625 MHz for the memory.  These new clock speeds help the card have 1.97 TFLOPS of compute performance versus 1.79 TFLOPS before. and is aimed at gamers that play at 1920×1080. Other than the clock speeds you have a new GPU cooler design and that is it!

Let’s take a look at the AMD Radeon R7 260X reference card!


The AMD Radeon R7 260X is a dual-slot video card that measures right at 6.8-inches in length, which makes it ideal for small form factor PCs where space is a premium.


When it comes to video outputs you have a pair of DVI connectors (DVI-I and DVI-D), Display Port and HDMI. The AMD reference card has a high-flow hot air exhaust bracket that is identical to the one we saw on the Radeon HD 7790, which is said to reduce air noise and improve airflow for better cooling.


The AMD Radeon R7 260X has a single 6-pin PCI Express power connector located at the end of the video card for 75 Watts of additional power. AMD recommends a 450W or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin power connector for this video card to operate properly.


The AMD Radeon R7 260X has a single CrossFire interconnect on top for pairing it with another graphics card.


The back of the card doesn’t have a backplate and none of the memory chips for the 2GB of GDDR5 memory are located on the back. Our board did have a ‘press board’ sticker on it, so hopefully we don’t have a cherry picked board or something!


The AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB is priced at $139, which means that it is direct competition for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB video card. NVIDIA cut the price on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST video cards this week down to $129 on the 1GB model and $149 on the 2GB version. NVIDIA did this ahead of the release of the AMD Radeon R7 260X release. We checked Newegg and found a GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB card for $109.99 shipped After Rebate (AR) and an overclocked GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB for $119.99 shipped AR. Before the $20 rebate the AMD Radeon R7 260X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB are priced the same at $139.

Let’s see if the AMD Radeon R7 260X is faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost!


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  • gUEST

    I got the 260x because as of December 2013 it was roughly $40 cheaper at the usual sites (Tiger and NewEgg).`

  • Marten Noot

    so with is better??

    • randomguy

      650ti BOOST is better at this point in time. but when games supporting mantle come out, it may well tip the balance for AMD in those games (only)

  • Chocko

    Might do ok at $110.00 or with a game bundle, HD 7850 a better buy at this point.

    • Apostolis X

      7850 is worse than 6670 hd radeon.dont mislead the people with your lack of knowledge.

  • Tariq Mahmood

    You cannot compare the R7 260x 139$ card with Nvidia GTX 650 Ti boost 200$ …


    • legitreviews

      The AMD Radeon R7 260X is $139

      The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI Boost 1GB is $109 and the 2GB is $139!

      This is a very fair comparison and the reason I did this versus article! Here are the links below for you to look at!

      1GB –

      2GB –

      • Tariq Mahmood

        I don’t think the R7 260X will set on 139$ cause AMD 7850 1GB have the same level of GTX 650 Ti 2GB, anyhow on some other sites like Amazon they selling GTX at more than 190$ ….

        AMD have bundle advantage like free games etc .

        • Paul Margettas

          thats how they take your money numbnuts, its all marketing. and seriously, who the fuck buys computer parts, if not anything, from amazons over priced shit? are you in canada? canada computers, tiger direct, ncix, memory express, newegg. America? tiger direct, Frys, newegg etc etc

        • Tariq Mahmood

          Its not about only marketing both companies do refresh their product list by adding some features, and for your kind information 139$ for R7 260X is estimated price …

          no company ever sell or sold things without marketing, and also know one thing that people do buy from Amazon too.

          its not nvidia’s headache to check every seller who is selling at high prices …..

        • Paul Margettas

          i know why they market and that comment came off a little fiery, didn’t mean to. anyway, I’m just saying that AMD is drilling holes into an already sinking ship. nvidia, from the 200 series (as far back as I remember) has been releasing brand new chips. the lower ends and espcially the low end laptop chipsets are rebrands, but still. people want AMD to gain some momentum, but being late for first quarter and then releasing this shit?

      • Tariq Mahmood

        Anandtech reports that the GTX 660 has been given a price cut from $200… Next the GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB has been cut to $129

      • Here in my country is more cheaper the R7 260x OC…

  • Guest

    All the hype, for old gpu’s. Nothing to do here.

    • Yo Mamma

      Not everyone can have 1,000 dollar graphics cards. Some of us game for a living.

    • Who do you think you are? Not everybody have a lot of money only for spend to a simple “card”, there is most important things to buy in the life.
      Also, no everyone think to spend for a powerfull components, you must to down to the earth man.

      • Ross Bishop

        He said /old/ GPUs. These /are/ old cards. If they were new low end GPUs, it would be more interesting.

        • Romdude

          I just bought one so yes they are still being sold at best buy and the cheapest I could afford.

        • William Thomas

          same here cheapest and i got mine at micro center only one i could afford right now and plays my games fine