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AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB Reference Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB Reference Video Card Review
AMD launch a new series of video cards today. The first we look at is the Radeon R7 260X 2GB - let's dive in and see how it does in our gaming tests. (NYSE:AMD)
| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 4:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AMD

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

We've got a number of video cards in our graphs today. When it comes to the AMD side, you will see a number of HD 7000 series based cards. We've got the Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Dual-X OC, along with higher-end HD 7900 series models coming from PowerColor in the form of the PCS HD 7950, which we overclocked to over 1100MHz on the core. We've also got the reference HD 7970 GHz Edition card.

 

On the NVIDIA side, we've got the older MSI GTX 660 HAWK 2GB. Along with that we've got the newer GTX 760 iGAME from Colorful and reference GTX 770 2GB.

 

With the low $100 price bracket being quiet for so long and a lot of these cards coming in higher, we haven't got a ton of cards sitting around that fit into this area, but the launch of these new models and some price movement from NVIDIA means that we'll probably start to see more and more mid-range offerings hit in the coming weeks.

 

For now, though, let's just leave it at that and see just what this new model from AMD is capable of doing.

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

 

Why are some graphs incomplete?

 

Adding new game benchmarks is a long, tedious and time consuming task as every video card has to be re-tested in those new benchmarks. Because of that reason we have always just evaluated our benchmark line up every six months. To stay up to date and current with the latest benchmarks and games available, we've changed our approach to adding new benchmarks.

 

Our benchmark line up will progress and be updated as newer more intensive games with benchmarks comes to light. While this will mean that initially you may only see a single video card in those particular graphs, as the weeks go on and we test more and more video cards, the results will grow quickly. This will help keep our benchmark line up as up to date as possible as we introduce and remove games on a constant basis.

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