Introduction of the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC
The other day, we got a chance to look at the HIS R7 260X iCooler 2GB, and found ourselves really impressed with the value the model offered. We also recently had the chance to check out the PowerColor R9 280 2GB TurboDuo in CrossFire, and discovered it represents some fantastic value when compared against a single R9 290X 4GB, which is actually priced slightly higher.
Along with the HIS card, we also had this Sapphire card as well. Normally, what we would do is fire up MSI Afterburner, and overclock the Sapphire card to see just how much performance we could get out of the model. However, I thought we'd mix it up a bit today.
I'm a huge fan of CrossFire. Sure, it's not perfect, and we do run into an odd problem here and there, but when it comes to top game titles, the extra GPU performance that is available usually works without an issue. For the most part, my recommendations for any dual GPU setup would revolve around high-end options. The biggest reason to go CrossFire or SLI is because a single card solution doesn't give you the performance you want.
Anyway, with all that said and done, I should quickly cover what exactly we plan to do here today. With our second R7 260X 2GB in hand, we're going to be pairing it with the HIS card we tested the other day to see just what kind of performance we can get when we CrossFire these two mid-range cards.
This probably isn't going to be the most popular CrossFire setup, but why not have some fun every once in a while? Now, let's begin our review with a look at the packaging of the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the box, you can see the overall design is similar to what we normally see, but the package is slightly smaller. You can see the model title across the top, and the Sapphire logo in the middle. Across the bottom, some of the main features are listed, including the fact the card is overclocked, and comes with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
Upon turning the box over, you can see we've got a bit of a blurb on the left side. The right side gives us a bit of information on the main features, including the memory, Sapphire's cooling performance and quality, and the AMD APP Acceleration and support for low power mode.
Looking inside the box, we can see there is not a whole lot going on, but probably more than you'd expect. Across the top, you can see all of the normal accessories, including Sapphire Select Club registration card, a Quick Install Guide, and a Driver CD. Across the bottom, we've got a CrossFire bridge, DVI to VGA connector, and a Molex to 6-pin PCIe power connector to round things off.
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