Radeon R7 265 pairs 2GB of GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit bus
AMD is relentless in its assault on the graphics card market, especially the budget and mid-range tiers as represented by the Radeon R7 Series. Today AMD added to the heap by announcing the Radeon R7 265, the highest-end model in the R7 Series and a seemingly tantalizing option at $149 MSRP. As things are starting to get a little crowded in this segment, AMD is dropping the price of the Radeon R7 260X to $119.
Before we go on, let's take a quick glance at the Radeon R7 Series. From top to bottom, here's what it looks like:
Radeon R7 265
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R7 260
Radeon R7 250X
Radeon R7 250
Radeon R7 240
Two of those cards are new launches -- the Radeon R7 250X, which AMD officially introduced on Monday, and today's debut of the 265.
The Radeon R7 265 flexes 1,024 stream processors, an engine clock of up to 925MHz, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus running at up to 5.6Gbps. It serves up 1.89 TFLOPS of compute performance, a bit higher than the Radeon HD 7850 that it's rumored to be based on. Compared to the R7 260X, AMD says the 265 is about 25 percent faster.
AMD's newest graphics card requires just a single 6-pin PCI-E connector and draws 150W (typical) of power. It supports CrossFire, DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, Eyefinity, and Mantle.
The Radeon R7 265 will be available in late February. AMD says several board partners have silicon ready to go, including Sapphire, PowerColor, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, HIS, and Club 3D.