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Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC in CrossFire Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Close up with the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC




Looking at the card, we immediately recognize a cooler that looks significantly meaner than the HIS card we saw the other day. Having a shroud that covers the entire card does make the card look sexier overall. The big thing we notice behind that fan is the copper heat pipes that come out from the middle of the card. There is also a larger heat sink.


We've got quite a mean looking cooler for a mid-range video card. Outside of the cooler, the other thing we notice is the all black PCB, which is something that always looks good. We're looking forward to seeing just how well this good looking card performs.






Moving away from the front of the card, and taking a quick spin around to the back, you can see a single 6-pin PCIe power connector at the back. Here we also get a look at the size of the heat sink, and we can see the copper heat pipes that sit in the middle of the card. Heading back to the front, you can see our single CrossFire connector, which we'll be making use of today.




Over in the I/O department, we see a setup that is identical to the HIS R7 260X 2GB we looked at the other day; that means we've got two Dual-Link DVI ports, with one being DVI-D, and the other DVI-I. Next to those two ports, you can see we've got a HDMI, and a DisplayPort connector to round things off here.





As we mentioned earlier, the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC is an overclocked card, as the name would suggest. Looking below, you can see that the core comes in at 1150MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 comes clocked at 6600MHz QDR. This is compared to the HIS card, which was clocked at 1100MHz on the core, and 5000MHz QDR on the memory.




Because the two cards are clocked at a different rate, we fired up MSI Afterburner and pushed the clocks on the HIS card up to the same levels as the Sapphire. We did this in order to make sure we could simulate the performance of two Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC cards. Finally, before we move forward, we can see CrossFire is indeed enabled at the bottom of the image.

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