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

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DayZ

 

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DayZ is a multiplayer open world survival horror video game in development by Bohemia Interactive and the stand-alone version of the award-winning mod of the same name. The game was test-released on December 16, 2013, for Microsoft Windows via digital distribution platform Steam and has sold over 1 million copies in early alpha testing. The game runs on a branch of the Take On Helicopters engine (part of the Real Virtuality engine) and got our attention as it is neither an AMD or NVIDIA backed game title. Bohemia Interactive, NVIDIA and AMD all confirmed that no optimizations are in the game yet, so we figured this would be an interesting game title to purchase and try out.

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We ran DayZ with the image quality settings fairly cranked up with the quality set to very high.

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DayZ appears to be running on the six physical cores of the Intel Core i7-4960X processor and averages around 17-24% CPU usage from what we were able to tell from the CPU utilization meter that is built into the Windows 8.1 task manager.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB was found to be 25.1% faster than the AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB, but was pretty much tied with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti w/ Boost.

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Benchmark Results: DayZ was a royal pain in the butt to benchmark as the multiplayer online game is very buggy, you have zombies trying to kill you and other players also like to kill you. We originally wanted to run around housing areas, but we couldn’t stay alive and running into and out of houses was impossible to reproduce because one time the doors on a house will be open and the next time you get into the server they’ll be closed. We opted to run in an open area next to some rail road tracks and as a result the FPS is higher than more graphics intensive areas and the performance was relatively flat. We really wanted to include some DayZ performance numbers though and for $29.99 it never hurts to try something new.

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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.