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AMD R7 265 is new $149 champion

AMD R7 265 is new $149 champion

The AMD Radeon R7 265 is the third card to be based on AMD's Pitcairn GPU.

AMD has announced what it hopes will be the new top-choice graphics card for under $150 (109 EUR + VAT), the AMD Radeon R7 265.

The card is based on a cut-down version of the same chip that powers the R9 270X but with 18 rather than 20 compute units. This results in a drop from 1,280 shaders and 80 texture units to 1,024 and 64 texture units, while the existing R7 260X has 896 and 56 respectively.

Clock speeds have also been reduced with the R7 265 running at 925MHz compared to 1,050MHz for the R9 270X. The R7 260X does run faster, at 1,100MHz, but with the reduced core count and half the memory bas width overall performance should still be much lower.

Because the card is based on the Pitcairn GPU of the R9 270X, which itself was recycled from the HD 7850, it doesn't feature the latest AMD technologies, TrueAudio and XDMA. In real world applications today and for the foreseeable feature this shouldn't be too big a problem but it definitely marks this card out as a stop-gap measure.

Initial reviews of the card have shown that it does live up to its claimed high performance/price ratio. However, the R7 265 won't be available for a couple of weeks so there's plenty of time for Nvidia to respond by reducing its prices.

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bawjaws 13th February 2014, 14:10 Quote
"AMD R7 is new $149 champion"

Isn't the headline here somewhat... presumptious? You've not even tested the card yet, but the headline reads (to me at least) as if you're proclaiming it to be the best $149 card out there. Just think it's a bit of a misleading title - "AMD proclaims R7 as new $149 champion" would be more accurate, imo.

I assume you will be reviewing it shortly?
rollo 13th February 2014, 14:45 Quote
Anandtech has review for both.

It's about 10% slower than the 270 in metro last light.

Depending on pricing it could be good. Problem is AMD cards are been priced $20-$30 above rrp so they are overpriced. As other sites have said if it comes in at that price then the 270 looks overpriced for the 10% it gives
Extra performance.
Hustler 13th February 2014, 15:14 Quote
Not worth a penny over £99.99
Harlequin 13th February 2014, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
Anandtech has review for both.

It's about 10% slower than the 270 in metro last light.

Depending on pricing it could be good. Problem is AMD cards are been priced $20-$30 above rrp so they are overpriced. As other sites have said if it comes in at that price then the 270 looks overpriced for the 10% it gives
Extra performance.

its not AMD - its etailers that are price gouging
xaser04 13th February 2014, 21:00 Quote
Don't you mean 16 compute units? 1024/64 = 16

I am going to change my sig now to highlight the fact that my wife's PC now has a "R7 265" inside..... *Yawn*
SchizoFrog 14th February 2014, 02:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
"AMD R7 is new $149 champion"

Isn't the headline here somewhat... presumptious? You've not even tested the card yet, but the headline reads (to me at least) as if you're proclaiming it to be the best $149 card out there. Just think it's a bit of a misleading title - "AMD proclaims R7 as new $149 champion" would be more accurate, imo.

I assume you will be reviewing it shortly?

Not really, 'champion' doesn't always mean 'winner'. For example in past times when a duel was to be fought, the actual parties would not fight themselves but would rather send in their 'champion', someone to fight for them in their stead. I would imagine that usually that individual would have been the best warrior but that was not always the case... So in this case it could be taken to mean that this is the card the AMD are sending in to do battle at the $149 price point... So it is AMD's champion and not necessarily the GPU champion.
Cthippo 14th February 2014, 03:18 Quote
Seems like this should be in the "Industry news" section :(

It's disappointing because I'm thinking about getting a new GPU and making the switch from nVidia to AMD because I've heard AMD cards are better for WoT. Then I find out that this isn't a review, but rather a rehash of someone's press release.

I expect better from bit.
Star*Dagger 14th February 2014, 05:26 Quote
Never understand these, why not spend 300$ and get a halfway decent card, or $600 and get an elite one, false economy.
rollo 14th February 2014, 09:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
its not AMD - its etailers that are price gouging

Did not say it was AMD, does not dispute the fact that its happening.

Check out eBay some 7970s marked bitcoin have sold for crazy money.
bawjaws 14th February 2014, 09:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Not really, 'champion' doesn't always mean 'winner'. For example in past times when a duel was to be fought, the actual parties would not fight themselves but would rather send in their 'champion', someone to fight for them in their stead. I would imagine that usually that individual would have been the best warrior but that was not always the case... So in this case it could be taken to mean that this is the card the AMD are sending in to do battle at the $149 price point... So it is AMD's champion and not necessarily the GPU champion.

OK, I see where you're coming from here, but I respectfully disagree :). If we're assuming that the R7 265 is AMD's "representative" at $149, shouldn't the headline refer to "R7 265 is AMD's new $149 champion"? Otherwise, it does read as if it's the best card at $149 rather than AMD's best card at that price...

That aside, to be honest it's quite disappointing that this is basically a rehash of a press release with added references to someone else's reviews. There was a time where Bit would have been publishing their own review first instead rather than relying on what others were saying. Hopefully they'll be giving us their own verdict soon, and keeping this sort of article in the Industy News section where it belongs.
Harlequin 14th February 2014, 10:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Did not say it was AMD, does not dispute the fact that its happening.

Check out eBay some 7970s marked bitcoin have sold for crazy money.

rather buy a £40 antminer - usb powered and 1.6gh/s than a gpu for mining noiw tbh
Cthippo 15th February 2014, 04:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Never understand these, why not spend 300$ and get a halfway decent card, or $600 and get an elite one, false economy.

I can't justify spending that much on a video card to play a free game. Honestly, I'm not sure I can justify $150, but that is at least in the realm of the possible. Sure I would get more bang for the buck (rubble for the Rouble?) with a $300 card, but that would be over a full week's wages just to buy a video card for a game a I play a few hours a week when I'm not working.

I've currently got a GT320 and a 7800GT installed which together give me about 16 fps on most battles. Not great, but playable. Barely. I've heard that AMD is better supported by WoT, which is why I'm looking at their offerings when before I've pretty much always ran nVidia cards.
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