AMD Radeon R7-260X R9-270X and R9-280X review

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Product Photos - AMD R7 260X

Product Photos - AMD R7 260X

With up-to 720P performance the 260X has features like AMD TrueAudio Technology, and 2GB of memory, the AMD Radeon R7 260X is priced at $139. A really fair price.


The card has 896 Shader processors and gets a core clock of 1.1 GHz. The card is tied towards 2 GB of 128-bit memory running at 6.5 Gbps. This makes the card perform just below mainstream. Anybody with a monitor resolution up-to 1600x1200 can play their games at good quality settings, a 1080P card however this is not.


Next to the upcoming R9-290/290X the AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card features the first discrete GPU in the world with a programmable audio pipeline. TrueAudio Technology is designed for game audio artists and engineers to bring their artistic vision beyond sound production into the realm of sound processing. This technology is intended to transform game audio as programmable shaders transformed graphics in the following ways:

  • Programmable audio pipeline grants artistic freedom to game audio engineers for sound processing
  • Easy to access through popular audio libraries used by top game developers
  • Fundamentally redefines the nature of a modern PC graphics card
  • Spatialization, reverb, mastering limiters and simultaneous voices are only the beginning


Here we can see the connectors, one full DP, one HDMI and two DVI connectors. So yes, Eyefinity works here perfectly fine as well. It might be a very interesting card to setup a cheap desktop multi-monitor setup this way. Not so much for gaming though.



AMD allows you to opt for the multi-GPU road with Crossfire as an option. You can pair two in one PC and have them do a decent workout. The card has a maximum power consumption of give or take 115 Watts, our measurements actually show numbers really close to that under full gaming load. The board's overall power consumption from idle to load is excellent really, roughly 10 Watt in idle and when the monitor goes into sleep mode just 3 Watt. You will need to hook the card up to your power supply with one 6-pin PCIe PEG connector. We recommend a 450W power supply to start with, with one card of course.


These cards will be excellent for simple gaming and HTPC builds. The card length is only 17 CM, meaning you could use it in a Mini ITX setup. 

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