HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

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Overclocking & Overclocked Performance


The overclocking ability of a graphics card is an important buying consideration irrespective of whether the graphics card is low end or enthusiast level. I’m sure everyone will agree that the more extra performance from overclocking – the better. In our overclocking we push each graphics card to its maximum stable core and memory frequencies. Typically we also raise the power limit to the maximum and where possible raise the voltages if this results in higher overclocks being achieved. We always aim for “24/7” stable overclocks that DO NOT result in potential heat on longevity issues so if we do raise the voltage it is still kept within safe parameters. The latest beta version of MSI’s Afterburner software is the overclocking utility of choice: this is because MSI Afterburner Beta versions typically allows you to circumvent overclocking restrictions – particularly those set by AMD.

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Overclocking was immensely impressive given how far the R7 260X is pushed at stock. The core managed an extra 150MHz which made this card on par with the overclocked Nvidia GTX 750 Ti. The memory overclocked by a staggering 300MHz actual, 1.2GHz effective, and this is largely due to the use of Hynix GDDR5 chips which always overclock better than Samsung or Elpida equivalents. Despite the impressive overclocking abilities an overclocked R7 260X is miles away from an overclocked R7 265 despite only being $10-20 away in price.

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Article Index

  1. Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test System and Procedures
  4. 3DMark
  5. 3DMark 11
  6. Unigine Heaven 4.0
  7. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  8. Batman: Arkham Origins
  9. Battlefield 4
  10. Bioshock Infinite
  11. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  12. Metro: Last Light
  13. Tomb Raider
  14. Performance Summary
  15. CryptoCurrency Mining Performance (Scrypt)
  16. Compute Performance
  17. Noise Levels
  18. Power Consumption
  19. Temperatures
  20. Overclocking & Overclocked Performance
  21. Final Thoughts
  22. View All

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6 Comments on HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

  • Avatar Derek Johnstone Macrae says:

    I have to ask myself, has amd shot themselves, and the 260x by releasing the 265 ?……probably, buying an overclocked 260x for the same price as a stock 265 will never make sense, seeing as they cost the same, but the 265 is around 35% faster.

    • Avatar Ryan Martin says:

      Yes I agree, I think AMD have priced a lot of the R7 series way too close for comfort. But I guess from a consumer standpoint the more options the better right?

      Edit: also I think a lot of the problem is when AMD reduced the R7 260X MSRP down from $140 to $120 a lot of retailers didn’t drop prices in response. Then when the R7 265 came out you find a lot of R7 260Xs with a similar price. But if you can pick up a decent R7 260X for $120 then that’s 20% cheaper for a card that is 20-25% slower so in my opinion that’s a decent deal.

  • Avatar Casecutter says:

    Notice in the OC page that you said the GTX 750Ti was an OC card?

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