Best in class performance; Cheap entry level card
No TrueAudio support; No Mantle Support (yet)
In the roundup of budget GPUs from the May 2014 issue, the Sapphire Radeon R7 275 is the odds-on favorite due to its impressive specs and the fact that it consumes more than twice the power of Nvidia cards. Sure, it's an unfair advantage, but hate the game, not the player. This board is essentially a rebadged Radeon HD 7850, which is a Pitcairn part, and it slides right in between the $120 R7 260X and the $180ish R7 270.
The R7 265 Dual-X actually has the same clock speeds as the R7 270, but features fewer streaming processors for reduced shader performance. It has the same 2GB of memory, same 925MHz boost clock, same 256-bit memory bus, and so on. Its TDP is a very high 150w, or at least it seems high given the fact that GTX 750 Ti costs the exact same $150 and is sitting at just 60w. Unlike the lower-priced R7 260X Bonaire part though, the R7 265 is older silicon and thus does not support TrueAudio and XDMA CrossFire (bridgeless CrossFire basically). It will support the Mantle API however, some day.
The Sapphire card delivered the goods in testing, boasting top scores in many benchmarks and coming in as the only GPU in this roundup to hit the magical 60fps in any test, which was a blistering turn in Call of Duty: Ghosts where it hit 67fps at 1080p on Ultra settings. That's damn impressive, as was its ability to run at 49fps in Battlefield 4, though the GTX 750 Ti was just a few frames behind it. Overall though, this card cleaned up, taking first place in seven out of nine benchmarks. If that isn't a Kick Ass performance, we don't know what is. The Dual-X cooler also kept temps and noise in check too, making this the go-to GPU for those with small boxes or small monitors.
|Sapphire Radeon R7 265||AMD Radeon R7 260X||Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti|
|Driver ||14.1 v1.6||14.1 v1.6||334.89|
|3DMark Fire Strike||4686||3832||3974|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0 (fps) ||29||23||30|
|Batman: Arkham Origins (fps)||55||43||71|
|Crysis 3 (fps)||32||26||25|
|Far Cry 3 (fps)||40||34||40|
|Tomb Raider (fps)||36||31||30|
|CoD: Ghosts (fps)||67||51||49|
|Battlefield 4 (fps)||49||40||45|
Best scores are bolded. Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition in an Asus P9X79 motherboard with 16GB of DDR3/1600 and a Thermaltake ToughPower 1,050W PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate. All tests are run at 1920x1080 with 4X AA except for the 3DMark tests.