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How good would a 1GB 260 run with an i3 2120 build?

#1SexCEmanPosted 2/25/2014 8:10:52 PM
This is the card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127780

I sold my wife's 7870 for some profit and since she only really plays WoW and Diablo 3 on a 1080p monitor, I figured I'd replace it with something cheap but still capable. I just can't find any benchmarks to decide if I should put something a little better in than this 260.

I know it will run them, just want to know general settings to judge if she'd care.
#2Games_AnalystPosted 2/25/2014 8:16:18 PM(edited)
Man I used to have a GTX 260 (great card). Either way it ran WOW fine at max settings/1080p. That was back in the WOTLK days but still, WOW hasn't changed that much graphically. D3 is cake to run period. I think I might have had some settings turned down a tad but that was back on a core 2 duo with like 4gb of RAM.
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#3QuestofChosenPosted 2/25/2014 8:16:19 PM(edited)
I thought you were talking about the gtx 260 xD

This is only $10 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202081

It is a tad bit faster and the 2gb of vram will be useful for 1080p.

You also get 2 free games http://www.amd4u.com/radeonrewards/
#4Games_AnalystPosted 2/25/2014 8:17:24 PM
QuestofChosen posted...
I thought you were talking about the gtx 260 xD

This is only $10 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202081

It is a tad bit faster and the 2gb of vram will be useful for 1080p.

You also get 2 free games http://www.amd4u.com/radeonrewards/


Nice find, I wonder what the 2 free games are.

Either way, anything that costs $100 today will run WOW/D3 perfectly fine.
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#5SexCEman(Topic Creator)Posted 2/25/2014 8:21:47 PM
I looked at that, but it's actually $20 difference after MIR, and I already have the free games. Which, if the performance isn't much different, I'd rather just save that little bit tbh. I know it's lame, but I'm more curious now to find how that card would perform vs a 260x or 7790, etc. that I had been looking at.
#6SexCEman(Topic Creator)Posted 2/25/2014 8:25:04 PM
Games_Analyst posted...
QuestofChosen posted...
I thought you were talking about the gtx 260 xD

This is only $10 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202081

It is a tad bit faster and the 2gb of vram will be useful for 1080p.

You also get 2 free games http://www.amd4u.com/radeonrewards/


Nice find, I wonder what the 2 free games are.

Either way, anything that costs $100 today will run WOW/D3 perfectly fine.


The free games are the AMD Silver bundle (so you choose from http://www.amd4u.com/radeonrewards/).

And as I was trying to say in the first post, I know it will run WoW and D3, but I'd like to know at what settings/fps to judge how much my wife would notice or care compared to the settings she was playing on a 7870.
#7QuestofChosenPosted 2/25/2014 8:32:47 PM
SexCEman posted...
I looked at that, but it's actually $20 difference after MIR, and I already have the free games. Which, if the performance isn't much different, I'd rather just save that little bit tbh. I know it's lame, but I'm more curious now to find how that card would perform vs a 260x or 7790, etc. that I had been looking at.


The performance difference is only about 10%. If your wife is only going to play WoW an Diablo 3 then the 260x might not be worth it. But if she wants to play newer games then the 2gb of vram will be very handy.
#8SexCEman(Topic Creator)Posted 2/25/2014 8:39:40 PM(edited)
Nah, she won't play newer games.

I've had her try and play newer games, but she just doesn't care and asks me to play WoW or D3 with her instead...which even then is not often (although she does have a lvl 90 in WoW and logs in to tend to her crops often and do some dailies, which she cares more about than her item level).

She's just not really a gamer so I'm being a cheapass, but still don't want her to go, "Oh no this looks bad!" haha
#9QuestofChosenPosted 2/25/2014 8:40:25 PM
WoW and Diablo 3 are pretty easy games to run. There aren't any 260 reviews but the 260x does every well in those games. The normal 260 should do the same:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/R9_260X_iPower_IceQ_X2/13.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/R9_260X_iPower_IceQ_X2/23.html
#10MaKhaosPosted 2/25/2014 10:12:34 PM
It'll be fine. The R7 260 is faster than my 7770 and I run everything fine with my 7770.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r7-260-review,3736-9.html
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