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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions


The AMD Radeon R7 265 might not be that interesting in the fact that it uses the Pitcarin GPU that has been around since March 2012, but it does better performance to gamers at the $149 price point and that is what is important. If you have $149 to spend on a graphics card the AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB currently appears to be the best bang for the buck.  The performance is solid, the efficiency is acceptable (150W TDP), but it is missing support for AMD TrueAudio. Most systems can easily support a 150 Watt graphics card, so this should be able to be dropped into an older system without needing to upgrade the power supply.

We feel that the AMD Radeon R7 265 should be part of the AMD Never Settle Forever game bundle promotion, but sadly AMD isn’t going to be making this particular sku part of it for the time being. The AMD Radeon R7 260X at $119 qualifies, but the AMD Radeon R7 265 at $149 does not. Makes sense right?  If you purchase one a qualifying AMD Radeon R7 260X at a participating retailer you’ll be eligible Radeon Silver Reward, which means you get to pick two free game titles. Right now those games include Dirt 3, Dues Ex (the original), Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution and Thief (Due to release Feb 25th, 2014. Some of these game titles are getting old, but if you don’t have a couple it does help one justify buying a new graphics card easier since you get some games with the purchase.


When it comes to performance the Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 2GB OC was found to be a solid graphics mainstream graphics card. We tested this card only at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 and found that it easily played every single game we threw at it. Some of the benchmarks we ran were a little too aggressive as we plan on running higher-end cards in the future and still want to be able to use these numbers. In games like Metro: Last Light we enabled 2x SSAA for benchmarking and got 27 FPS on average. If we lowered SSAA to 0.5x the average FPS was up over 50FPS, so changing just one setting by one level has a drastic change to real world gameplay. The Sapphire Dual-X R7 265 2GB is best suited for 1080P gaming and we were amazed by how well a $149 graphics card performs on big title tier 1 PC games that are graphics intensive. 

  Radeon R7 260X Radeon R7 265 Radeon R9 270 Radeon 7870 GHz
Release Date  October 2013 February 2014 November 2013 March 2012
Original SRP $139 $149 $179 $349
GPU Bonaire Pitcarin Pitcarin Pitcarin
Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Transistors  2.08 billion 2.8 billion 2.8 billion 2.8 billion
Stream Processors 896 1024 1280 1280
Clock Speed Up to 1.1GHz Up to 1GHz 925 MHz 1000 MHz
Frame Buffer 1GB or 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Memory Width 128-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Clock Up to 1625 MHz Up to 1400 MHz 1400 MHz 1200 MHz
Compute Perf 1.97 TFLOPS 1.89 TFLOPS 2.37 TFLOPS 2.56 TFLOPS
Texture Units 56 64 80 80
ROPs 16 32 32 32
Typical Board Power 115W 150W 150W 175W

It is hard to believe that the AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition card was released in 2012 for $349 and that today you can get a slightly reduced version of the same core in the AMD Radeon R7 265 for $149. We have a feeling this will be the last rebadging of the Pircarin GPU.


At the end of the day the AMD Radeon R7 265 doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it brings more performance to the $149 price point. The move to bring this card out was clearly to be competitive with NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics cards that are based on the new and unseen Maxwell architecture. Will NVIDIA hit a home run with Maxwell? We’ll find out soon enough, but for now the AMD Radeon R7 265 is easily recommended for the price versus performance value that it offers. This GPU has also been around since 2012 and that means mature stable drivers are out!

LR Recommended Award


Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB brings more performance to the table for $149 and should be of interest to gamers running a single 1920 x 1080 display.

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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.