AMD recently launched their latest mainstream graphics card, that was previously unveiled together with the R9 280 – the AMD Radeon R7 265. The Radeon R7 265 is based on the 28nm Curacao silicon and is somewhat similar to the previous Radeon HD 7850, well it’s basically one of those rebranded GPUs. It features 1024 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 64 TMUs and a 2GB GDDR5 memory in a 256-bit memory interface. It also supports Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 and DirectX 11.2, but no AMD TrueAudio support. The R7 265 is priced starting $149.99 and will compete with NVIDIA’s upcoming GTX 750.
TechPowerUp has recently done a review on the Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB graphics card. It features a core clock speed of 925MHz and memory clock speed of 1400MHz with a selling price of $150 USD. According to their review it’s 8% faster than the HD 7850 and 10% slower than the HD 787. It’s also 6% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.
The AMD Radeon R7 265 is expected to clash with the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti Maxwell graphics cards which are expected to be much more power efficient compared to its predecessors and its competitors.