AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card Review with Sapphire Dual-X R7 265

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Temperature & Noise Testing

Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the Sapphire Radeon R7 265 with the Dual-X GPU cooler.

Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 OC 2GB Idle Temperature:

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Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 OC 2GB Gaming Temperature:

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The Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 OC 2GB graphics card was found to idle at 26C with the fan spinning at 1120 RPMs. It should be noted that the ambient room temperature was 16.0C (65F). The Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 hit 55C with the fans running at 2098 RPM when gaming for an extended period of time.

temp-testing

The AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti w/ BOOST are both reference cards with reference GPU coolers on them. The AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB uses the custom Sapphire Dual-X GPU cooler, so performance should be much better and it is.

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

noise-testing

The Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB graphics card with the Dual-X cooler was very quiet at idle and when gaming it only hit 44.3dB, which is excellent. You shouldn’t be able to hear this card if you have a gaming case that is loaded with a bunch of fans. Sapphire has done a good job on their custom coolers and the Dual-X design has been around for years and is a tried and true design.

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  • http://technfixes.tumblr.com/ Tech & Fixes

    Will a 430W PSU be enough to run an R7 265 and an FX-6300 @4Ghz ?

  • Pat

    im intersted in this card, and am hoping you ppl can shed some light for me , i just built a new system for gaming last monht , nothing major no sli , i only have a hdtv for my main gaming screen , i am looking to get a new GPU , its been years since i built a desktop , im looking at this card vs the GTX 750 , i want to stay under 250$ for a gpu , do you think this card will get a bios flash to revert it back to the R9 270 ? i have done alot of flashing but never a gpu , all kinds of diffrent things, and if that becomes or has become possible it would seal the deal for me , it looks like this card has been out 1-1.5-2 months , has the price gone stupid ? i am not looking to mine i am looking to run games at high to ultra settings ,

  • Zuck

    This card can go as higher as hd 7850 on clock settings? some hd 7850 can get 1300mhz on core

  • steakandeggs

    where they are in stock, 7850s are selling for $200 or more. Retailers will not be selling mostof their 265s at $150, it’s throwing money away, they will sell out of them at $200. Sure you’ll see a few sold at that $150, people will go on the various retailers sites and say this card is awesome at $150 but most people will pay way more just like they pay $200 for the 7850.

  • Jamie Oliver

    a little of proof read goes a long way. It’s PITCAIRN not PITCARIN.

  • Harley J.

    Not sure if this is a rant at something or an review *reading first page*

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Just a little background. I figured it was worth noting as the card I was reviewing was basically a re-flashed 270.

      • Brandon Janeak

        So do you think it could potential be flashed back?

  • flogtr

    Does OCZ StealthXStream II 400W can handle this card in combination with the Intel Core i3 4130? If it consumes 282W with high-end Core i7 4960X, then with Core i3 4130 it will be something about 210W. So it’s safe to assume that PSU mentioned above will be OK?

    • Maxw3ll

      Obviouslly is enought.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Unless you have a million storage drives and stuff in the system a 400W power supply should do the trick! The Intel Core i3 4130 is a 54W TDP processor, which is much less than the 130W TDP Intel Core i7-4960X processor that I am using.

    • flogtr

      Thanks guys. I’m building a very simple and “lightweight” PC. I think I can even try Core i5-4440, because apart of tiny h81 mobo, graphics card (r7 265) and LCD 19″ monitor, I will have 5400 rpm SATA HDD, mouse & keyboard and… well… that’s all.

    • BillyJ

      It is, don’t worry.

      Good card or the money, so good choice man.

      Too bad they didn’t include a Mantle run for the BF4 test, with a 6-core i7 gains should be 10% or lower. But with you CPU they should be much greater.

    • Pontiaku

      OCZ is bankrupt. The stockholders sued them last year for improper book keeping. That means no more warranties. Get a 520w seasonic, it’s only 59.99 on newegg.