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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

 The AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card is affordable at $139, but we quickly discovered that it faces tough competition against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. In our benchmark the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST 2GB was clearly faster across the board at both 1920×1080 and 2560×1600 screen resolutions. That said, the AMD Radeon R7 260X video card is surprisingly powerful and was able to play pretty much every game we threw at it on a 1080P panel. We found that you can’t blindly crank up all the image quality settings with the Radeon R7 260X, but if you are okay with medium image quality settings in most ‘Tier 1′ game titles, you would be okay with this card. The AMD R7 series is supposed to be about causal gamers that want to be able to run DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 game titles and this card can certainly do that.

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While the AMD Radeon R7 260X didn’t beat the NVIDIA GEForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST in our performance testing, it was able to run cooler, quieter and use less power at both idle and load. Is this enough to make up for the slower gaming performance? Most gamers would likely say not a chance as they’d take performance over a bit of noise or heat as long as it is within reason. You are the one that needs to answer that, but you have all the data here in this review to come up with your conclusions.

Overclocking performance on the AMD Radeon R7 260X didn’t disappoint as we were able to overclock the core from 1100MHz to 1225MHz with ease.  This is inline with what we have seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7790, which uses the same exact Bonaire XT GPU.  The 2GB of GDDR5 memory by SKHynix overclocked all the way up to 7200MHz effective, which was very impressive and higher than we’ve ever taken any Radeon HD 7790 in the past!

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The one thing we wish we knew about the AMD Radeon R7 260X and the performance of the card is how it will perform with Mantle. Once some game titles come out that are optimized for Mantel, like Battlefield 4, will that make up for the performance gaps that we saw between these two competing cards? The same can be said about AMD TrueAudio as programmable audio is sure to be amazing, but we won’t be able to try it out until 2014.  Unusable features on a video card make it tough to review and will likely make your purchasing decision tougher as well.

The AMD Radeon HD R7 260X wasn’t able to beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST when it comes to gaming performance right now, but we don’t know what AMD Mantle will bring to the table when the Battlefield 4 patch comes out in December. Will we see the AMD Radeon R7 260X performing better than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST in that game title? How many more Mantle supporting game titles will be coming out? The same goes for AMD TrueAudio. How many games will be supporting AMD TrueAudio in 2014? Right now the list we have been shown only shows 3-4 game titles. AMD will need more than a few game titles to come out with support for both to help sway buyers at certain price points like this one at $139. We aren’t sure how this will play out just yet.

At the end of the day the AMD Radeon R7 260X is a re-brand of the AMD Radeon HD 7790 that came out in March 2013. The performance is a bit behind the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB, but it is quieter, cooler and more efficient. It also brings new technologies to the table and that we like that. AMD TrueAudio and the Mantle API look good on paper, so we can’t wait to see how successful they are. The AMD Radeon R7 260X might not have won the battle today, but the innovative features make it an interesting card. If you want AMD TrueAudio it is either this card or having to jump up to the AMD Radeon R9 290 for hundreds of dollars more. 

 

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Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Radeon R7 260X isn’t faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB, but it wins in some areas and contains unproven features that could change things down the road.

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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.