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AMD Radeon R7 265 Review: Curaçao Slides In At $150

Power And Temperature Benchmarks

Given the Radeon R7 265's Curaçao GPU and clock rates, we expect the card to look a lot like AMD's Radeon R9 270 in our power consumption measurements.

Indeed, the Radeon R7 265 and R9 270 register almost exactly the same power use under a graphics load.

We're not testing a reference design from AMD, so the thermal measurements are more tied to Sapphire's Dual-X thermal solution than any other variable. In other words, other Radeon R7 265s will almost certainly demonstrate different behavior when they're fully utilized.

As far as this card goes, though, thermal performance is exceptional. Even during Battlefield 4 gameplay, it never crested 60 °C. Why is this so significant? Because the Radeon R7 265 employs PowerTune with Boost, maintaining 925 MHz necessitates favorable temperatures. A cooler that lets the GPU heat up is going to hurt performance as the card shifts down a notch to 900 MHz. In the Sapphire card's case, we couldn't get it to budget from 925 MHz, even with a long FurMark-based stress test.

  • yankeeDDL
    I think the pricing issue is a moot point.If There's an Nvidia card at $190, an equally-performing (or slightly slower) car will be sold for $180 making a good profit, not at $150 to kill Nvidia.Card manufacturer won't benefit from Nvidia being pushed out of the market.
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  • Novuake
    Compelling card, but sad that a price hike on the 270 had to force it. So seems useless now.
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  • meluvcookies
    A 25% increase on the R9 270 was, essentially, a betrayal of consumer trust by AMD. I was totally excited to get in at the $180 price point, but now I'm waiting for Nvidia's offerings in that neighborhood to see if they can offer anything as compelling as the 270 was a couple months ago when it was still at its original price.
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  • huilun02
    War on the high end segment over.Now Jihad style attack on mid end.
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  • firefoxx04
    Wow, If it beats the 7850, I wonder how it stacks up against my overclocked 6850. I have two in crossfire but being limited to 1GB vram can be a hindrance. When I bought my original 6850, it was only $150 and my second was $100. I wonder what AMD has for $250 that could smoke my current setup / aka be a good single card upgrade.
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  • Tzn
    i am not impressed at all, if it was under 100w then yes.
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  • huilun02
    12670915 said:
    Wow, If it beats the 7850, I wonder how it stacks up against my overclocked 6850. I have two in crossfire but being limited to 1GB vram can be a hindrance. When I bought my original 6850, it was only $150 and my second was $100. I wonder what AMD has for $250 that could smoke my current setup / aka be a good single card upgrade.

    http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/amd_radeon_r9_280_in_the_works.html
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  • TechnoD
    All these price hikes are really becoming an issue. This card is launching at the same price I paid for my 7950 ~5 months ago.
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  • jin_mtvt
    And what does using more than 100W at full load has to do with this card? First we have someone complaining about not having enough " additional power pins " than someone compains about more than 100W usage on a "desktop" GPU. You are lame.Onto the pricing problem, i should not have to remind you that the prices in most of the world ( you know everywhere out of north america ) haven't followed the same trends as here . the 290 never went bozo up to 650$ in Europe ( if you use the exchange rate in position before december when the price was set ) . I would like to read more about who is really "jacking" up the prices . This card needs to be 150$, not 180$ of course , else it would be m00t .
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  • selvakumar13
    so you are saying that R7 265 is best GPU in this price range?
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