AMD has just launched its new, mid-range R7 265 GPU. It is expected to be available late this month, with a launch price of US$149.
The AMD R7 265 GPU is based on the rebranded Pitcairn (Curacao) graphics core, with a clock speed that has been rated up to 925MHz.; unlike the R7 260X GPU, which uses a Bonaire variant core. On the other hand, the AMD R7 270 is based on the Curacao Pro core, which is a variant of the Pitcairn XT. Therefore, the R7 265 is positioned as one to narrow the gap between the R9 and R7 series GPUs.
In terms of its features, the R7 265 supports PC gaming technologies like the AMD Mantle API, CrossFire configurations of up to 2 GPUs only, and AMD Eyefinity for multi-display setup. However, it doesn’t support AMD TrueAudio despite how this audio technology has found its way into the lower-end R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs.
Here are the specifications of the AMD R7 265 and its comparative GPUs in brief. Despite having lower-rated memory modules than the AMD R7 260X, the R7 265 has a 256-bit memory bus that is double the former's. In addition, the stream processor count of the R7 265 stands in-between that of the R9 270 and the R7 260X.
|Model||AMD R7 265||AMD R9 270||AMD R7 260X|
|GPU Code||Curacao||Curacao Pro (a.k.a. Pitcairn XT variant)||Bonaire variant|
|Core Clock||Up to 925MHz||Up to 925MHz||Up to 1100MHz|
|Video Memory Capacity||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||5600MHz GDDR5||5600MHz GDDR5||6500MHz GDDR5|
|DDR Memory Bus||256-bit||256-bit||128-bit|
|PCI Express Interface||PCIe ver 3.0 x16||PCIe ver 3.0 x16||PCIe ver 3.0 x16|
|Molex Power Connectors||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin|
|DVI Output Support||2 x Dual-Link||2 x Dual-Link||2 x Dual-Link|
|DisplayPort||1 (version 1.2 HBR2)||1 (version 1.2 HBR2)||1 (version 1.2 HBR2)|
With the availability of the R7 265, the price of the R7 260X will be reduced to US$119, but there is no news on any such discounts for the AMD R9 270. For more information, please click here for the product page of the AMD R7 265.