AMD Radeon R7 260 announced, release date in January
December 17, 2013 // 5:27 p.m.
AMD has unveiled the latest addition to its graphics card lineup in the shape of the AMD Radeon R7 260.
The new card is a mid-range model that slots in between the R7 260X and R7 250, with a price tag of $109.99. AMD is pitching it as a competitor to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650/Ti.
With support for AMD's new graphics API, Mantle, the Bonaire Pro chip at the heart of the card contains 768 stream processors and runs at 1,000MHz. This compares to 896 stream processors running at 1,100MHz in the 260X.
The new card only ships with 1GB of RAM, which it communicates with via a 128-bit memory bus. AMD states the total compute performance as 1.54TFlops, compared to 1.97Tflops for the 260X.
"The AMD Radeon R7 260 graphics card boasts the signature features that set the Radeon brand apart from the competition," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD.
"We’re dedicated to delivering the best gaming processing technology and innovative gaming experiences through our line of acclaimed GPUs." he continued.
The new card will essentially replace the HD7770, with it priced around the same level but bringing GCN 1.1 support, better power management and TrueAudio into the mix. Consuming 95W, the R7 260 actually has a higher TDP than the 80W HD7770 but it should also bring a decent boost in performance. The card will require one 6-pin power cable to power it.
The AMD Radeon R7 260 will be available in mid January.