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

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Temperature & Noise Testing

Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the AMD Radeon R7 260X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST.

AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card Idle Temperature:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Video Card Idle Temperature:

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The AMD Radeon R7 260X had an idle temperature of 26.0C in a room that was 22.0C (72F) and the single fan was spinning ~1150 RPM. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB was a tad hotter and idled at 32C with a fan speed of ~1100 RPM.

AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB Gaming Temperature:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Gaming Temperature:

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When playing Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 for about 30 minutes each, we hit 73C on the AMD Radeon R7 260X  and 77C on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST.  Notice the fan speed was only 1500 RPM on the AMD Radeon R7 260X versus 1800 RPM on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST 2GB.

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Both cards fall in the middle of the pack when it comes to noise, but keep in mind that these are both reference coolers. The AMD Radeon R7 260X runs cooler at both idle and load when compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB.

Sound Testing

We recently upgraded our sound meter to an Extech sound level meter with ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

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If you read the part about temperatures, you should already know where this is headed.  The AMD Radeon R7 260X was quieter at both idle and load!

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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.

  • Tariq Mahmood

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

    FOR BEST GAMING CHECK AMD R9 …not R7 .

    • 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 – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130914

      2GB – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

      • 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

        http://www.eteknix.com/nvidia-cut-gtx-660-gtx-650-ti-prices-response-amd-launches/

      • http://www.teamkurosaki.com.mx Jorge Yokiro

        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.

    • http://www.teamkurosaki.com.mx Jorge Yokiro

      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.