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

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Crysis 3

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Like the others, it is a first-person shooter developed by Crytek, using their CryEngine 3. Released in February 2013, it is well known to make even powerful system choke. It has probably the highest graphics requirements of any game available today. Unfortunately, Crytek didn’t include a standardized benchmark with Crysis 3. While the enemies will move about on their own, we will attempt to keep the same testing process for each test.

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Crysis 3 has a reputation for being highly resource intensive. Most graphics cards will have problems running Crysis 3 at maximum settings, so we settled on 4x MSAA with the graphics quality mostly set to Very High with 16x AF.  We disabled v-sync and left the motion blur amount on medium.

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Crysis 3 appeared to run for the most part on just 3 CPU threads and used up about 15-18% of our Intel Core i7-4960X processor with these settings. Notice that the processor speed was at 3.53GHz and we very seldom, if ever, saw the processor go into turbo mode on Crysis 3.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB was found to be 41% faster than the AMD Radeon R7 260X on this tough benchmark. These performance results don’t look so hot, but Crysis 3 gameplay wasn’t bad and all and we spent several hours playing through the first part of the game on the Radeon R7 265 2GB video card.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB was about 7.7% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2/ Boost, but you can see that the NVIDIA card pulled ahead for a split second in a couple places. 

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