AMD Radeon R7 260: Affordable DX11 GPU
Test System and Unigine Heaven v4.0
How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.121b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v331.70
Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Alien vs. Predator
FRAPS + FCAT
||Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.|
The Radeon R7 260 trailed the pack in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. It finished about 17% behind the Radeon R7 260X and 11% behind the HD 7790. And the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost was way ahead, as you can see.