Sapphire R7-260X Review

I sit here having opened a box from Sapphire, and pondering the last Sapphire Card I ever purchased. It was a while ago, and some of you may have also purchased the same card, one renown for an ability to unlock to improve its performance. That card? I am of course talking about the brilliant Sapphire X800GTO2 which using software you could unlock 4 extra pixel pipelines, as well as overclocking it, effectively made the card an X850XT which was not a cheap card. Unlocking was done by way of flashing the cards BIOS and back then this was a scary procedure that if it failed would make your expensive items into shiny paper weights.

Now before I stroll any further down memory lane, let’s take a look at what I am going to be reviewing today. Straight from Sapphire, we have an AMD Radeon R7-260X, which sits quite plumply in the middle of the road in terms of pricing, being available for under the 100 pound price mark. Today we are going to see what this gets you.

 

Specifications

Display Support 4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-Link DVI-D
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
GPU 1150 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
896 x Stream Processors
Video Memory 2048 MB Size
128 -bit GDDR5
6600 MHz Effective
Dimension 215(L)X106(W)X35(H) mm Size.
2 x slot
Software Driver CD
SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility
Accessory DVI to VGA Adapter
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable

 

As the card Sapphire have provided me with is a Pre-Overclocked model, it has a slightly faster core clock from the normal 1.1GHz of the standard 260X

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