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

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AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card Overclocking

How well does the AMD Radeon R7 265 overclock? We were wondering the same thing, so we’ll be taking a look at overclocking the Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB Dual-X video card with AMD OverDrive.


The Sapphire R7 265 2GB video card comes clocked at 925MHz on the core and 1400MHz on the memory. You can go up to 1050MHz on the core and 1500MHz on the memory in AMD OverDrive. This is identical to what you can do on the Sapphire R9 270 2GB video card, which isn’t a shock as the two cards are identical other than the disabled features in the vBIOS.


We had no problems maxing both the GPU and memory sliders out on the Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB video card and were able to increase the power control setting to the highest possible setting of 20% as well.


The Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 OC comes clocked at 925MHz on the core and 1400MHz on the memory. With these stock clock frequencies we were able to get a score of 4690 3DMarks in the Fire Strike performance test.


We topped out AMD OverDrive at 1050MHz on the core and 1500MHz on the memory with full stability. These higher clock speeds helped to improve our 3DMark Fire Strike score to 5226 3DMarks, which is an improvement of 536 points or 11.4%. Overclocking the AMD Radeon R7 265 proved to be similar to that of the AMD Radeon R9 270 as they both share the Pitcarin GPU. We could have overclocked this card even farther with the Sapphire TRiXX overclocking tool, but didn’t see the point as this is basically just a re-flashed Radeon R9 270. We aren’t sure if the retail AMD Radeon R7 265 cards will be just reflashed cards that can be unlocked or have things fused off at the factory.

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  • peeter

    what power supplie did you use ?

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

    • Lutscher22

      Try the enermax Psu calculator… it says yes

  • 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.