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AMD announces the Radeon R7 260, available from January

by Mark Tyson on 17 December 2013, 14:48


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AMD has released another graphics card to fill out its Radeon R7 series of GPUs. The card announced today is the AMD Radeon R7 260 graphics card. This new card is based upon AMD's GCN architecture and supports the Mantle API. It's a mid range card that slots comfortably in between the existing Radeon R7 260X and R7 250 boards in terms of performance, price and features.

"The AMD Radeon R7 260 graphics card boasts the signature features that set the Radeon brand apart from the competition," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "We’re dedicated to delivering the best gaming processing technology and innovative gaming experiences through our line of acclaimed GPUs."

The Radeon R7 260 brings down the entry level for TrueAudio engine support. As a non-X variant of the Radeon R7 260X it's easy to compare with that card to look at what has been cut to bring it down market and fill the price/performance gap between it and the R7 250. The Radeon R7 260 features the Bonaire Pro core where the R7 260X packs a Bonaire XT core. The chart below, showing exactly the gap where the R7 260 fits is provided for your card comparison convenience.


AMD Radeon R7 260X

AMD Radeon R7 260

AMD Radeon R7 250

GPU Codename

Bonaire XT

Bonaire Pro

Oland XT

Stream Processors




Core Clock




Memory config

2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit

1GB GDDR5 / 128-bit

1GB GDDR5 / 128-bit

Memory Clock








Compute Performance

1.97 TFlops

1.54 TFlops

0.81 TFlops






October 2013

Mid-January 2014

October 2013

Please note that the R7 260 still requires a 6-pin power connector to operate. However the extra power consumption is put to very good use if you need the extra 3D performance, costing an extra US$20 over the R7 250. AMD slides show the firm is keen to compare the R7 260 with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650/Ti which are priced around the same mark.

With the R7 260 introduction in January AMD's HD7770 will meet its end as the new card is priced around the same level but features GCN 1.1, TrueAudio and its more modern power management. The pictured reference card is simply that, we hear that AiB partners will be offering custom designs and cooler etc on this graphics card as soon as it becomes available in mid January.

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That chart is wrong !
Stumpy little thing ain't it.
Stumpy little thing ain't it.

Looks positively huge compared to my low profile 7750 ;)
Makes me look positively well endowed :D
I honestly don't see the point in these cheaper versions - you're getting much worse price/performance ratio.