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AMD Radeon R7 M260

AMD Radeon R7 M260

The AMD Radeon R7 M260 is a lower mid-range DirectX 11 graphics card for laptops. Just like the older Radeon HD 8700M and 8600M series, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at up to 715 MHz (128 bit version) or 980 MHz (64 bit version) and can access up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory (1000 MHz, 2000 MHz effective).

Performance

The performance of the 128 bit Radeon R7 M260 is just slightly below a GeForce 825M, while models using a 64 bit memory interface will be a bit slower. Current and demanding games of 2013/2014 can be played fluently only in low resolutions and detail settings. In older games, however, higher quality settings will be possible.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features

Features of the R7 M260 include video decoding for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly by the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are compatible as well.

The R7 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the M265 can directly support multiple monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it allows audio output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption

The power consumption should be similar to the old Radeon HD 8670M or the Nvidia GeForce 825M. As a result, the R7 M260 is best suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R7 M200 Series

Radeon R7 M275DX

896

Radeon R7 M260X

384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz

Radeon R7 M265

384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M260 384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameOpal Pro / Mars
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *715 - 980 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *1800 - 2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.2 Tier 1, Shader 5.0
Transistors1040 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesMantle, PCIe 3.0, Zero Core, PowerTune
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement07.01.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 98      avg: 98 (98%)     median: 98 (98%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 33.6      avg: 35.2 (24%)     median: 35.2 (24%)     max: 36.66 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1013      avg: 1049 (6%)     median: 1053.5 (6%)     max: 1076 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 905      avg: 935.6 (7%)     median: 940 (7%)     max: 947 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5002      avg: 5466.3 (5%)     median: 5543 (5%)     max: 5777 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3819      avg: 4260.4 (16%)     median: 4366 (16%)     max: 4406 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4404      avg: 37566.4 (5%)     median: 44607 (6%)     max: 54573 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.3      avg: 11.3 (10%)     median: 11.3 (10%)     max: 11.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 14.2      avg: 14.2 (8%)     median: 14.2 (8%)     max: 14.2 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 1258      avg: 1258 (15%)     median: 1258 (15%)     max: 1258 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1796      avg: 1859.6 (8%)     median: 1864 (8%)     max: 1917 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1905      avg: 1933.6 (11%)     median: 1922 (11%)     max: 1966 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4568      avg: 4787 (9%)     median: 4787 (9%)     max: 5006 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 5275      avg: 5424.5 (11%)     median: 5424.5 (11%)     max: 5574 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 7356      avg: 7583 (20%)     median: 7583 (20%)     max: 7810 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 14924      avg: 14924 (40%)     median: 14924 (40%)     max: 14924 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 13567      avg: 13567 (9%)     median: 13567 (9%)     max: 13567 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 32.73      avg: 39.1 (32%)     median: 41.1 (34%)     max: 44.55 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3822      avg: 5414 (37%)     median: 6098 (42%)     max: 6322 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

The Crew

The Crew

2014
low 1280x720
25.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
20.2  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
10.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
low 1024x768
26.9 34 ~ 30 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
22.5 23.4 ~ 23 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
7.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
29.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
20.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
9.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Assassin's Creed Unity
low 1024x768
19.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
12  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
7.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Civilization: Beyond Earth
low 1024x768
29.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
21.7  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
15  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
37 91 ~ 64 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
28 61 ~ 45 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
35  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
25.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
18  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
15.2  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
26  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
16.4  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
7.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
25.4 25.7 ~ 26 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
17 19.9 ~ 18 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
12.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
25.9  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
17.3  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
9.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
73.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
47.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Risen 3: Titan Lords
low 1024x768
28.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
20.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
120.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
48.4  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
23  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
38.2  fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
35.3  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
17.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
14.9 22.3 ~ 19 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
13.9 16.6 ~ 15 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
12.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
7  fps      Compare