Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Coming in at $149.99 at the time of writing, the card does carry with it a $10 premium over some of the other brands available now. What we really like about the VisionTek offering is the fact that it brings with it a Lifetime Warranty and U.S. Tech Support. This can be a real draw card for some people, especially if you're not the kind of person who upgrades their card regularly.
When it comes to performance, the overclocking ability was strong and you do see it manages to bring a consistent boost in performance across the board. We also see at times performance moves from unplayable levels to playable ones. This is exactly what we like to see when it comes to overclocking.
As for the cooler, the performance of it is strong when you look at the temperature numbers; even more so when you consider that we're also overclocking the card. Noise levels though, are a little higher than we'd like them to be. Saying that though, we didn't really notice just how loud it was. So even though we're climbing towards that 70dB range, it's not an aggressive 70dB. While that might make little sense to some people, if you've dealt with smaller fans, you'd understand exactly what we mean as they tend to offer a more high pitch noise.
The R7 260X 2GB on a whole is a good model from AMD, and if you're looking for something at that mid $100 price point, it's an excellent option. The release of the new R9 270 2GB though, gives us another option for people who are willing to spend a bit more. Although the jump could be more than you're happy to spend.
VisionTek has brought to the table a R7 260X 2GB that is an all-round product with a few features that stand out via the Lifetime Warranty and local tech support. If you're looking to spend around that mid $100 mark for a video card, and you're not upgrading too often, this is a fantastic option as you can buy with confidence knowing that your warranty isn't going anywhere.