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AMD Radeon R7 M265

AMD Radeon R7 M265

The AMD Radeon R7 M265 is a (lower) mid-range DirectX 11 graphics card for laptops. Just like the older Radeon HD 8750M, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at up to 825 MHz and can access up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory (1000 MHz, 128 bit). However, there is also a slightly higher clocked, but still noticeably slower 64 Bit version (e.g. in the Inspiron 15-5547).

Performance

The performance of the Radeon R7 M265 is similar to the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M and GeForce GT 730M. Current and demanding games of 2013/2014 will run fluently only in low resolutions and detail settings. In older games, however, higher quality settings will be possible.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features

Features of the R7 M265 include video decoding for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly by the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are compatible as well.

The R7 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the M265 can directly support multiple monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it allows audio output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption

The power consumption should be similar to the old Radeon HD 8750M or the Nvidia GeForce GT 730M. As a result, the R7 M265 is best suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R7 M200 Series

Radeon R7 M260X

384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R7 M265 384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz

Radeon R7 M260

384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameOpal XT / Mars
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *825 - 980 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *1800 - 2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.2 Tier 1, Shader 5.0
Transistors1040 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesMantle, PCIe 3.0, Zero Core, PowerTune
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement07.01.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1042      avg: 1233.3 (10%)     median: 1322 (11%)     max: 1336 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5428      avg: 7612.5 (10%)     median: 8259 (11%)     max: 8504 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 41455      avg: 45634.7 (6%)     median: 45208 (6%)     max: 50241 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1880      avg: 1880.7 (12%)     median: 1880 (12%)     max: 1882 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1934      avg: 1986 (15%)     median: 2012 (15%)     max: 2012 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 6162      avg: 6162 (13%)     median: 6162 (13%)     max: 6162 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 6613      avg: 6613 (17%)     median: 6613 (17%)     max: 6613 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 8876      avg: 8876 (30%)     median: 8876 (30%)     max: 8876 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 32.4      avg: 34 (31%)     median: 32.6 (30%)     max: 38.36 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Watch Dogs
low 1024x768
30.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
21.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
3.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
2.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
46.3  fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
39.8  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
18.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
The Elder Scrolls Online
low 1024x768
59.6 64.2 ~ 62 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
39.4 43.5 ~ 41 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
26.2 28.1 ~ 27 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
7.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
52.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
31.2 35.2 ~ 33 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
25.4 28.8 ~ 27 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
15.4 21 ~ 18 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
9.8 17.3 ~ 14 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
8.2 14.8 ~ 12 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
3.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag
low 1024x768
16.9 19.4 ~ 18 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
13.1 15.3 ~ 14 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
9.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.2  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
51.2 56 ~ 54 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
25.2 27.4 ~ 26 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
10.1 12.4 ~ 11 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Need for Speed: Rivals
low 1024x768
30  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
23  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
32.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
31.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
8.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Battlefield 4
low 1024x768
24.3 44.7 ~ 34 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
17.1 35.7 ~ 26 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
26.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Batman: Arkham Origins
low 1024x768
73  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
43  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
15  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Fifa 14

Fifa 14

2013
low 1024x768
30  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Total War: Rome II
low 1024x768
64.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
51.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
42.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
7.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Saints Row IV
low 1280x720
28  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
22.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
17.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
low 1024x768
49.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
30.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
low 1024x768
43  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
34.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
17.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
81.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
55.1  fps      Compare