Sapphire R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC
X Marks the Spot
For many, purchasing a high-end graphics card that costs more than RM1,000 is something that’s out of the budget. If you’re one such person, then getting your hands on an overclocked, entry-level graphics card is much more sensible. Sapphire’s R7 260X 2GB OC is one card that would fit your bill.
The Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC card is one of four cards by Sapphire that’s based on AMD’s R7 260X GPU. Being the top option, this card offers the most amount of performance, giving you the best value for money. In terms of specifications, this card is factory overclocked to 1150MHz, over the standard 1050MHz. Translated into real-world performance, we expect that you’ll be looking at five to 10 additional frame rates per second over the standard R7 260X, which is a rather good deal.
Taking a look at the cooling solution on this card, there’s nothing much to shout about. This card sports a single fan cooling solution, which is understandable because the company’s Vapor-X cooling technology is usually reserved for cards with higher performance. That being said, the fan on this card does its job well, as we noticed that the card was never hot to the touch. It’s also whisperquiet, so we’re not complaining about this cooling solution.
To get a better idea of the performance of this card, we installed it on our testbed and ran our standard suite of benchmarks, including 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. In Fire Strike, the system managed to produce a score of 3,822, which is actually rather good for an entrylevel card. In Fire Strike Extreme, on the other hand, it managed a score of 1,891, which is again quite good. Curious to see if we could get more performance out of this card, we headed to AMD’s Catalyst Control Centre and added an additional 100MHz to the clock speed. When we ran our benchmarks again though, we were greeted by a blue screen. This isn’t surprising, as a clock speed of 1,150MHz is already significantly high.
For some real-world performance, we ran Batman: Arkham Origins and Crysis 3 to see just how well this card would handle these games. In Batman: Arkham Origins, set to Full HD resolution, 8x MSAA, and all DirectX 11 features enabled, the game ran at an average of 30 frames per second, which is just about the bare minimum playable frame rates. For better performance, we’d recommend setting the game to 2x MSAA, where it runs at an average of 40 frames per second.
When it comes to Crysis 3, we were surprised that this card was actually able to run the game at High visual settings. We had to disable AA before we managed to experience any playable framerates though. For optimum performance, we’d run this game in 720p resolution and Medium visual settings.
Having spent a good deal of time with this card and seeing its performance up close, we’d have to say that this card is really a tempting offer, especially if you’re planning on running a CrossFireX configuration.