Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
I think the first thing I have to say is: compared to how I thought this CrossFire setup would perform, the actual performance leaves me a little stumped. To be completely honest, I went into testing this setup with no real expectations. Initially, this test was simply a chance to have a bit of fun with a pair of cards that would set you back $240. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
So, how does that price point compare to other AMD offerings? Well, it's about the same price as a single R9 280 3GB; sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the particular version of the R9 280 3GB you are looking to buy. As for the NVIDIA side of things, this setup is about the starting price of a GTX 760 2GB.
Let's talk about the single card for a moment. This is a fantastic little buy for the cost. It can be had for about $120, which is an excellent price point. The cooler is really nice -much better than you'd expect for a mid-range card at this price point. You really don't expect to see copper heat pipes coming out of the center of the card. If you're looking at spending under $150, this is a great little card.
This card is going to pack a bit more punch than the HIS card we looked at, thanks to higher clocks, and we already felt the HIS card did a good job for the price. On top of the cooler, and the better overclock, this model carries a bit more of a bundle. It might not be any use to you, but again, at this price point, it's more than you would expect.
Let's get back to the topic of the CrossFire setup. I find myself really quite shocked at how cool this setup is, and the performance it gives. The gains we saw often hit 100%, if not higher, thanks to the extra MHz that is offered by the Sapphire version. The biggest question is: Would you buy something like this over the R9 280 3GB OC?
This is a super tough question to answer. The logical part of my brain says "no." You're better off with the R9 280 3GB single card solution. If you wanted to do something to improve performance with the R9 280 3GB, you could overclock it and get some extra MHz at no cost. This is especially great since you can pick up a R9 280 3GB for a little less than what a pair of these Sapphire cards will set you back.
The problem is that the illogical part of my brain, the part that just likes to have fun, tells me to pick this setup over the single card solution any day of the week. This was one of those times I found myself waiting impatiently to see the benchmark results. This is an awesome little setup that really does represent some great value. Maybe it's not the best way to spend your money, though. CrossFire is pretty good, but you could run into problems with a game in future.
Should you buy this setup? Maybe not. Would doing so being a terrible decision? No. Would it be the best decision? Probably not. In the end, this is just a really cool setup that puts out some excellent performance for the price. I'd say it represents better value than the R9 280 3GB. At the same time, the chance that you're going to run into any issues with a single card solution is going to be less than that of a dual card setup. Still, this is a cool, fun setup that offers some awesome performance for the price. You can't really go too wrong buying either this CrossFire setup, or a single R9 280 3GB OC.
PRICING: You can find the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC retails for $114.67 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]