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

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AMD Radeon R7 260X GPU Overclocking

To take a quick look at overclocking we fired up AMD Catalyst Control Center and used AMD Overdrive to overclock the AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB video card.

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The AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB comes clocked at 1100MHz on the core and 1625MHz on the memory. You can go up to 1320MHz on the core and 1800MHz on the memory in AMD OverDrive. We were easily able to overclock the AMD Radeon R7 260X to 1225MHz on the core and 1800MHz on the memory. With these clock speeds we were able to get solid gaming performance without any tearing or artifacts.

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Let’s take a look at some Futuremark 3DMark scores with the Fire Strike preset to see what happens with performance when the card is overclocked.

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With this overclock we ran a quick run of 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and found our score went up from 1,800 3DMarks to 2,011 3DMarks, which is an improvement of 211 3DMarks or 11.7%. This is a solid overclock, but it is pretty common for the AMD Radeon HD 7790 to reach 1200MHz on the core clock. The memory overclock is excellent at 7200MHz effective! The bummer is that this card only has a 128-bit memory bus, so you start with a memory bandwidth of 104GB/s and we were able to get it up to 115.2GB/s. Not a huge increase, but we’ll take a free gain!

This AMD Radeon R7 260X versus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost review wouldn’t be complete without some NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti overclocking, so let’s see what that card can do.

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We used EVGA Precision X and was able to get the core clock up to 1095MHz (1148Mhz boost) and the memory up to 1752MHz (7008MHz effective). With this overclock on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB video card we were able to get 2,180 3DMarks in Fire Strike Extreme. This gives the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST an 8.4% performance advantage over the AMD Radeon R7 260X!Both cards are easy and fun to overclock, but they both overclock to about the same level over stock clock speeds!  These cards might be from different companies, but they are very similar!

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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.