We review the AMD Radeon R7-265 today, the card is being injected into AMDs line-up of more affordable graphics cards to be able to compete with NVIDIAs new and pending GTX 750 series. That means 1080P gaming will become in reach at a price level that speaks to many of you. Nothing about this product was really planned (we think). Basically we learned that Nvidia is updating their product line, and boom all of the sudden we get a call from AMD asking if we want to do a product review on today's tested product. A product released merely days before the competitions 750 series. Hey we'll play... competition is good and keeps the manufacturers sharp and the prices low. What's not to like, eh?
The Radeon R7-265 as tested today is fitted with a total of 1024 Stream processors, a compute performance of 1.89 TFlops, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit) and a relatively TDP of 150W which will be supplied through a single 6-Pin power connector. For those that get a bit of a deja-vu, yes that is very comparable to Pitcairn Pro aka the Radeon HD 7850. It's the same GPU being used, yet slightly tweaked on the clocks and seated onto a new PCB. The clocks are set at a maximum of 925 MHz boost for the graphics core while the memory operates at 5.6 GHz effective clock speed alongside a 256-bit memory interface. The card is PCI-Express 3.0 compatible. Equipped with AMD’s Graphics Core Next Architecture the R7-265 is ready for Mantle as well. The AMD Radeon R7 265 graphics means gaming on a budget, and admittedly if we look at the R7850 series, these are still great little cards for Full HD gaming. The AMD Radeon R7-265 graphics card is AMD CrossFire compatible as well AMD Eyefinity Technology and AMD ZeroCore Power ready. The card would be an excellent HTPC card, but you can certainly play games with it as well if you stay away from the highest resolutions of course. The SEP of the AMD Radeon R7-265 will start at 109 EUR + VAT / 149 USD. You will start seeing availability end of February 2014. Have a peek at the card first though. We received a model from Sapphire running default reference clock frequencies, of course.
But let's head on-wards into the review...