HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2 GB Review 5

HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2 GB Review

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Alongside the Radeon R9 280X and R9 270X, AMD launched its entry-level Radeon R7 260X graphics card fit for visually-intensive desktops with some mild gaming thrown into the mix. The specifications of the R9 280X and R9 270X may dwarf those of the R7 260X, yet it deserves to be taken seriously from an academic standpoint. The graphics core inside the SoC that drives the Microsoft Xbox One entertainment system isn't all that different from the Radeon R7 260X, at least on paper.

The R7 260X is built around AMD's Bonaire silicon, which we have seen on the company's HD 7790 before. Unlike the HD 7790, it comes with 2 GB of memory and higher clock speeds. Its GPU core is clocked at 1100 MHz (compared to the 1000 MHz on the HD 7790) and memory runs at a scorching 1625 MHz (6.50 GT/s effective), which yields over 100 GB/s of memory bandwidth on even this relatively narrow, 128-bit wide memory bus. The bandwidth is then comparable to what GDDR5-enabled GPUs with 256-bit wide interfaces managed before the 4 GT/s GDDR5 era. The other big difference is in its memory amount: it is now at 2 GB as opposed to the 1 GB on the HD 7790. Based on the 28 nm "Bonaire" silicon, the Radeon R7 260X features 896 stream processors based on the Graphics CoreNext architecture, 56 texture memory units (TMUs), and 16 raster operations units (ROPs).

Today, we are reviewing the HIS Radeon R7 260X iPower IceQ X² using the same clocks and specs as the reference design, though it comes with an improved cooler. The HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² is currently available online for $150, which is $10 more than the reference design.

HIS R7 260X Market Segment Analysis
GTX 650 Ti
HD 6870
HD 7790
HD 7850
R7 260X
260X IceQ X²
GeForce GTX
650 Ti Boost
GTX 660
HD 7870
GTX 580
R9 270X
Shader Units7681120896102489689676896012805121280
Graphics ProcessorGK106BartsBonairePitcairnBonaireBonaireGK106GK106PitcairnGF110Pitcairn
Memory Size1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB2048 MB
Memory Bus Width128 bit256 bit128 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit192 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock925 MHz900 MHz1000 MHz860 MHz1100 MHz1100 MHz980 MHz+980 MHz+1000 MHz772 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock1350 MHz1050 MHz1500 MHz1200 MHz1625 MHz1625 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1200 MHz1002 MHz1400 MHz
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