While the HD 7790 was an impressive card, the R7 260X is said to be a HD 7790 being rebadged. Let’s have a look at their performance.
A simple single fan cooler, although the heatsink case looks pretty cool.
The I/O ports.
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The card comes pre-overclocked. Here’s the GPU-Z detail of the card.
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|Processor||Intel Core i5-4670K|
|RAM||Avexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z87M OC Formula|
|Cooler||Cooler Master Seidon 120M|
|Monitor||40″ LCD TV|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W|
|Casing||Cooler Master N200 Casing|
|Operating System||Windows 8 Pro 64bit|
Here we go! I’ve included the benchmarks for HD 7790 OC on overclock (yes, OCed further) for comparison.
Please bear in mind that the HD 7790 is 1075/1600 and 1200 / 1600 for the overclocked version on HD 7790’s dedicated driver, while the R7 260X is 1150 / 1650 on Catalyst 13.11 Beta.
|Card||1080p (avg)||720p (avg)|
|Sapphire R7 260X||39.0||73.0|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||38.0||68.5|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||39.5||71.0|
|Sapphire HD 5870 Toxic||41.5||–|
Unigine Heaven 4.0
|Card||1080p (avg)||720p (avg)|
|Sapphire R7 260X||25.8||53.4|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||25||51.1|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||26||53.8|
Resident Evil 6
|Card||1080p (score)||720p (score)|
|Sapphire R7 260X||6138||10304|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||5748||9441|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||6125||10033|
Just Cause 2
|Scene||Card||1080p (avg)||720p (avg)|
|Dark Tower||Sapphire R7 260X||56.8||100.30|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||55.12||97.01|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||57.34||101.32|
|Desert Sunrise||Sapphire R7 260X||78.33||130.20|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||75.05||123.97|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||78.89||131.30|
|Concrete Jungle||Sapphire R7 260X||47.64||78.81|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||46.53||71.22|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC+||47.84||100.69|
I’ve no HD 7790 3DMark scores as of now but the score for the R7 260X is 3863.
|Sapphire R7 260X OC||34||78|
|Sapphire HD 7790 OC||36||61|
Temperature difference is pretty obvious, much thanks to the HD 7790 having a Dual-X cooler.
The card retails at around RM 540 but performs just like a HD 7790 that’s a lot cheaper, some models being about RM 100 cheaper. There’s also the previous generation HD 7850 that gives more performance at RM 100 extra.
As what I mentioned earlier, HD 7790 settings are 1075/1600 and 1200 / 1600 for the overclocked version on HD 7790’s dedicated driver, while the R7 260X is 1150 / 1650 on Catalyst 13.11 Beta.
The R7 260X is in a limbo in price, and its only advantage over the HD 7790 and HD 7850 is the TruAudio support. Seeing that it’s a Bonaire processor like the HD 7790, rumor has it that AMD could unlock the HD 7790’s audio capability.
Until the games that support TruAudio are released, the R7 260X remains as a HD 7790. So among the Sapphire product range itself, you’re better off with a HD 7790 Dual-X at under RM 400 for the same performance but better cooling, or just pay an additional RM 10 – 20 or so (approx RM 550 range) and get a HD 7850 that offers better performance.
I did try having them on the same machine and the Crossfire option was enabled, so I could only think of 2 reasons for someone to buy a R7 260X
1. You really really want TruAudio
2. You already have a HD 7790 and wanted TruAudio, so with this card you can Crossfire it for performance boost and have TruAudio while at it. I can’t guarantee whether AMD whether TruAudio requires both R7 in order to function though.