After initially missing their planned availability window of late February, AMD sends word this evening that the first Radeon R7 265 SKUs have finally reached North American retailers.

Sapphire’s R7 265 Dual-X, which we reviewed back on February 13th, is the first SKU to hit Newegg. This is a reference clocked model with 2GB of VRAM, utilizing Sapphire’s tried-and-true Dual-X cooler.

AMD GPU Specification Comparison
  AMD Radeon R9 270 AMD Radeon R7 265 AMD Radeon R7 260X AMD Radeon R7 260
Stream Processors 1280 1024 896 768
Texture Units 80 64 56 48
ROPs 32 32 16 16
Core Clock 900MHz 900MHz N/A N/A
Boost Clock 925MHz 925MHz 1100MHz 1000MHz
Memory Clock 5.6GHz GDDR5 5.6GHz GDDR5 6.5GHz GDDR5 6GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit
FP64 1/16 1/16 1/16 1/16
TrueAudio N N Y Y
Transistor Count 2.8B 2.8B 2.08B 2.08B
Typical Board Power 150W 150W 115W 95W
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Architecture GCN 1.0 GCN 1.0 GCN 1.1 GCN 1.1
GPU Pitcairn Pitcairn Bonaire Bonaire
Launch Date 11/13/13 03/05/14 10/11/13 01/14/14
Launch Price $179 $149 $139 $109

Meanwhile, to our amazement the card is listed at $149 – AMD’s MSRP – rather than retailing at a higher price. Between bitcoin miners and the tendency for recently launched products to retail $10 or so above MSRP, we weren’t expecting to see 265 hit shelves at MSRP for any period of time, so this comes as a pleasant surprise. Though we’ll still be keeping an eye on prices since it remains to be seen whether these prices will hold.

With this launch AMD’s counter to NVIDIA’s recently launched GeForce GTX 750 Ti is finally on the market. As we saw in our review of that card, AMD and NVIDIA have taken widely divergent paths at $149, so each product will have its strengths and weaknesses. The R7 265 cannot match the GTX 750 Ti’s sub-75W power usage (or overall power efficiency), but it does offer better performance, beating the GTX 750 Ti by around 19%.

Source: AMD

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  • JDG1980 - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    " It's now possible to get a setup that churns out 3mh/s for on the order of $2,500 and 100 watts."

    That's actually not all that impressive. Even at today's inflated prices, you can buy a R9 270 for about $210. That gives ~450 KH/sec when tuned. Add about $500-$600 in supplies (mobo, CPU, powered risers, PSUs) and you've got a setup that does 2.7 MH/sec for about $1800. That's ~67 cents per KH/sec. The ASIC setup you describe costs ~81 cents per KH/sec. Yes, the power costs are lower, but if your electricity rates are not that high, it might take quite some time to pay back the difference. The ASICs aren't outclassing the GPUs by orders of magnitude, like they do with SHA-256.
  • Magichands8 - Friday, March 7, 2014 - link

    Well, definitely the investment to get running up front will be greater but that's part of the cost the first adopters have to pay for miners that use so much less power. Incidentally, they've been able to squeeze anywhere from 450 to 700kh/s from the same ASIC units just by changing the firmware. 5-6mh/s for $2,500 and 100 watts sounds pretty damn good to me. Plus, it's easier to set up than a PC produces far less heat and doesn't even need any fans. For people with special circumstances who don't have to pay for power and have plenty of space I guess it may not be much of an advantage using these but still... I really see this as the beginning of the end and it mirrors what happened with bitcoin. Apparently he is working on a 12mh/s set and if what someone else at bitcointalk forums said about this guy making $600,000 in little more than a month selling these things you better believe it when they say he's working on putting 100 of these gridseeds on a single PCB and selling them in rackmount units. My guess is that there will be a consolidation of the altcoin markets in the next few months and as the joke coins start to die off more and more money and hashing power will flow into the few left standing like Litecoin or Worldcoin. That's when the writing will definitely be on the wall.
  • boot318 - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    I can smell the Newegg 'morning meeting' right now.... I hope we see this and other models at MSRP when they're in stock.
  • johnny_boy - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    Still waiting for this bad boy to hit Europe. Think I might just drop a few extra bucks for a 270 if the wait becomes too looooooong.
  • bendermichaelr - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link


    I currently have the A10-7850k running without help of a dedicated card. For an iGPU, it's doing an amazing job; especially with my gskill ripjaws z 2400MHz RAM. Combined with an ASUS a88xm-a, this thing is rock solid. The r7 250 would really help to make this the ultimate budget system.
  • bendermichaelr - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    SORRY Wrong thread
  • fuminers - Friday, March 7, 2014 - link

    I managed to get a super secret link from amazon(not really), its listed for $170 which i find fine for the extra premium of the aftermarket coolers, its not like we should be expecting them to be exactly at $150...

    grab yours before its late or at least keep an eye on it for when it gets available.
  • Teknobug - Friday, March 7, 2014 - link

    Yup I expected the 265 to vanish in a day, local store here got 10 units and they all disappeared in a matter of hours. I got a 750Ti for $150 and it's a great card for mid-range with amazing low power consumption, though seems the 265 outshines it in most games but I already have an R9 280X in one PC, suppose the 750Ti ever dies I may look at the 265 or 270.
  • Wakalaka - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    has anyone seen r7 265 on sale since march 5th? never could find them on any site except newegg, and it has been out of stock since.

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