Advanced Micro Devices and its partners on Thursday unveiled a new graphics card aimed at the mainstream market segment. The new Radeon R7 265 is based on the good-old code-named “Pitcairn” graphics processing unit and will cost around $150 initially, but will quickly drop to around $119/€89.
AMD Radeon R7 265 graphics adapter features Pitcairn Pro GPU with 1024 stream processors, 64 texture units, 32 raster operating units and 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory bus. The configuration of the chip implies that performance of the R7 265 will be slightly higher compare to the Radeon HD 7850 graphics card introduced two years ago thanks to higher clock-rates (R7 265 features 925MHz GPU, whereas the HD7850 clocks GPU at 860MHz).
Thanks to 256-bit memory bus and up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory with 5600MHz effective frequency, the R7 265 graphics boards offer decent performance in high resolutions (i.e. 1920*1080 or 1080p) as well as with antialiasing enabled. Based on KitGuru's review of Sapphire R7 265 Dual X graphics adapter, the product does offer competitive performance at the price-point.
Since AMD Pitcairn graphics processor belongs to the GCN [graphics core next] family of GPUs, it supports everything that modern graphics chips from AMD can offer, including DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.1, Mantle, 4K output (through HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2), stereo-3D output and so on.
KitGuru Says: While the Radeon R7 265 is a yet another renamed Radeon HD 7000-series solution, the graphics board itself is not a bad choice for the price. But obviously, something new would be much better…