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

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Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011′s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4′s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have beem running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.

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This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark each card with these settings on the Shanghai level.

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Battlefield 4 is more CPU intensive than any other game that we benchmark with as 25% of the CPU is used up during gameplay. You can see that six threads are being used and that the processor is running in Turbo mode at 3.96GHz more times than not.

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Benchmark Results: Battlefield 4 with Ultra settings is pretty tough on these high-end cards with a 4K display, but we were belated to find that all of these three cards all averaged above the 30 FPS mark! The AMD Radeon R7 265 pulled way ahead in this benchmark and was found to be 30.9% faster than the AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB reference card and 18.8% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti w/ Boost. It should be noted that we did not test with the Mantle API and stuck with DirectX 11 to ensure everything was tested on the same API.

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The cards shadowed one another very closely in BF4, but the AMD Radeon R7 265 was clearly ahead for pretty much the entire time.

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  • peeter

    what power supplie did you use ?

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

    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.