AMD Radeon R7 M260X vs AMD Radeon R7 M275DX

AMD Radeon R7 M260X

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The AMD Radeon R7 M260X is a (lower) mid-range DirectX 12 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 and can access up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (4000 MHz effective, 128 bit).

Performance

Thanks to its relatively high memory bandwidth, the performance of the Radeon R7 M260X is similar to the Nvidia GeForce 830M. Current and demanding games of 2013/2014 will run fluently only low or medium 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 M260X 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 and slightly above the Maxwell-based Nvidia GeForce 830M. As a result, the R7 M260X is best suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

AMD Radeon R7 M275DX

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The AMD Radeon R7 M275DX is a Hybrid Crossfire combination of the integrated Kaveri Radeon R7 and a dedicated Radeon R7 M260, M260X, M265, or M265X (called Dual Graphics - DX). Both graphics cards use the AFR mode (alternate frame rendering) to each render a frame. Around 30 fps this Dual Graphics combination may suffer from micro stuttering due to different frame latencies.

The performance depends on the driver support for the used game. In some cases the game engine will only use the dedicated graphics card and therefore the M275DX may not be faster than e.g. a M260 alone. The other end of the spectrum are performance gains of up to 61% in our tests (Alien Isolation Benchmark with high detail settings). This was measured with an ideal combination of a FX-7600P and a M260 with dual channel main memory configuration. On average we measured a 13% increase compared to disabled Dual Graphics when testing 25 games. Looking only at the games that gain from Dual Graphics, the M275DX was able to gain 34% (see diagram below). However, there are some games where Dual Graphics is even slower than with disabled settings, so the user might need to test the settings out. With some games and enabled dual graphics we also experienced problems (e.g., stuttering and flickering main menus in F1 2014 and Shadow of Mordor, wrong texture settings in Ryse, hanging game in Thief, graphical problems with Fifa 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition).

The shaders of both GPUs can be used for OpenCL calculations and therefore make use of both GPUs.

Furthermore, the M275DX supports Mantle (only light gains in some scenarios in our tests), Eyefinity and Enduro to in battery mode (use of the integrated GPU alone).

The maximum power consumption can be quite high using Dual-Graphics as both GPUs of the APU and the dedicated graphics card are running.

AMD Radeon R7 M260XAMD Radeon R7 M275DX
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R7 M200 Series
Radeon R7 M275DX 896
Radeon R7 M260X 384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R7 M270 (compare) 384 @ 825 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M265 (compare) 384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M260 (compare) 384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M275DX 896
Radeon R7 M260X 384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R7 M270 (compare) 384 @ 825 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M265 (compare) 384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M260 (compare) 384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameMars
ArchitectureGCNGCN
384 - 896 -
Core715 MHz
Memory4000 MHz
Bus128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3
Max. Memory4096 MB
noyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12, 5.0
Transistors1040 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesMantle, PCIe 3.0, Zero Core, PowerTuneApp Acceleration, PowerPlay, PowerTune, ZeroCore, Enduro, Eyefinity, Mantle
Size
Introduced07.01.2014 04.06.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/NOTEBOOK/...

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
98071 Points (18%)
86346 Points (16%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
32327 Points (4%)
61507 Points (8%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
6619 Points (11%)
5985 Points (10%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
9034 Points (5%)
11160 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
1336 Points (5%)
min: 1482     avg: 1507     median: 1507 (6%)     max: 1532 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
1396 Points (3%)
min: 1914     avg: 1931.5     median: 1931.5 (5%)     max: 1949 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
35305 Points (5%)
74294 Points (10%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
2114 points (7%)
3221 points (10%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1903 points (4%)
3553 points (7%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
37.9 fps (1%)
27 fps (0%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
37.1 fps (1%)
26 fps (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
221 Samples/s (4%)
404 Samples/s (8%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
399 Samples/s (4%)
734 Samples/s (7%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
1212 Points (4%)
1371 Points (5%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R7 M260X → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R7 M275DX → 130%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
34.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.8  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
19.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
14.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.9  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
30.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
19.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
4.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
29.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
21.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.2  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.7  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
28.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
40.8  fps
120%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
43 55 ~ 49 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
18.2  fps
126%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
19.3 26 ~ 23 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12.8  fps
117%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
12.2 18.2 ~ 15 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.2  fps
143%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
12 19.7 ~ 16 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M275DX:
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F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
70  fps
91%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
64  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
49  fps
98%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
48  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
31  fps
119%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
37  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
23  fps
130%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
30  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
19.5  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
55.8  fps
108%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
37  fps
125%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
46.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
20.2  fps
142%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
28.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.7  fps
134%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
21 (!)  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
45  fps
90%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
40.7  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
27.2  fps
119%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
32.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
148%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
23  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
4.1  fps
244%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
10  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M275DX:
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Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
Radeon R7 M275DX:
58.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
55.3  fps
95%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
52.5 (!)  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
29.4  fps
119%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
34.9 (!)  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M275DX:
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Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
157.6  fps
69%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
108  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
51.9  fps
71%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
37  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
26.1  fps
93%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
24.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
22.8  fps
88%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
20  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
128.3  fps
84%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
107.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
50.7  fps
104%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
52.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
26.6  fps
132%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
35  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M275DX:
22.4  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
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Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
21.8  fps
110%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
22.3 26 ~ 24 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.8  fps
114%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
17.7 18.5 ~ 18 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12  fps
125%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
14.4 16 ~ 15 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.7  fps
117%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
7.3 10.6 ~ 9 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
37  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
20.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
9.9  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
99%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
48.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
32.6  fps
126%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
41.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
22.6  fps
146%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
32.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.2  fps
159%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
13  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
74.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
57.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
47.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M275DX:
16.7  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
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Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
91.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
70.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
31.4  fps
83%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
26  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
19.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
17.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M275DX:
9.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M275DX:
5.3  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.3  fps
72%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
32  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
28.9  fps
94%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
27.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
134%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
20.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.9  fps
170%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
11.7  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
39.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
13.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
108.5  fps
95%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
103  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
51.6  fps
141%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
73  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
35.1  fps
125%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.8  fps
140%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
22.1  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
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Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.1  fps
88%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
38.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
27.5  fps
100%
Radeon R7 M275DX:
27.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
17.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.8  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M275DX:
47  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
101.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
68  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
57.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
37.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M275DX:
65  fps
Radeon R7 M275DX:
»

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Average Gaming AMD Radeon R7 M275DX → 117%

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