AMD slotted in another Radeon R7 graphics card on Thursday morning, with a midrange $149 price point that will bump down the price of the R7 260X as well.
AMD said that the Radeon R7 265 will offer 2GB of GDDR-5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus," crowning the AMD R7 series," according to the company. The R7 265 is built on the AMD Graphics Core Next technology, supports AMD PowerTune, and will be able to run games that include support for AMD's low-level API, Mantle — recently added as part of AMD's new Catalyst beta driver. It will not support AMD's TrueAudio technology, but it does support the monitor-wrapping Eyefinity technology, as well as CrossFire.
Card manufacturers including Sapphire, PowerColor, XFX, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and HIS plan custom cards, AMD said. As a result of the R7 265's introduction, the price of the AMD R7 260X has been reduced to $119.
AMD's low-end desktop lineup looks like this: at the low end, there's the Radeon R7 240 (320 stream processing units) and 250 (384-512 stream processing units), differentiated mainly by the lack of power connectors and DDR3 options. The Radeon R7 250X punches up the graphics power to allow games like Call of Duty: Ghosts to run at about 40 frames per second, and it adds TrueAudio support as well. With the R7 260 and R7 260X, performance keeps climbing, up to 896 stream processing units.
On the top of the heap lies the R7 265, featuring 1,024 stream processors, a 925MHz engine clock, and a 256-bit memory interface to 2GB of GDDR5 memory. AMD claims that the card will yield a 3DMark FireStrike score of 4,717 — 24 percent faster than the R7 260X. In all, that sort of performance will require up to 150 watts, AMD said.
And if that isn't enough? AMD's R9 series of Radeon cards will offer dramatically higher performance, but at a correspondingly higher price: The MSI Radeon R9 280X, for example, lists at $299.
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