What is the AMD Radeon R7 360?
The latest graphics card from AMD is the most affordable I’ve seen from its 300-series of parts. At just £84, it costs less than anything that’s recently been released by either AMD or Nvidia.
That makes the AMD Radeon R9 360 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 Directx 12 Graphics Card suitable for gamers wanting to play titles at 1080p, but without forking out more than £100. AMD also says it’s suitable for MOBA players who want to game with settings beyond what any integrated core can offer.
AMD Radeon R7 360 – Under the Hood
This is one of AMD’s cheapest discrete cards, so the firm has recycled and boosted an older part to create the R7 360.
The core used here is called Tobago, but underneath it is the Bonaire GPU used in the older R7 260 and R7 260X cards. The full-fat Bonaire core has 14 compute units with 896 stream processors, which AMD had cut down to 12 units and 768 stream processors for the R7 260. It’s done the same here, with 12 compute units used to form the R7 360.
The core might be the same, but AMD has given the R7 360 a little boost with clock tweaks across the board. The revised 1,050MHz core is 50MHz quicker than last year’s card, and the 2GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 6,500MHz – an improvement of 500MHz on last year.
It’s a modest card, with several board partner versions barely any longer than a PCI Express x16 slot. This makes the R7 360 ideal for smaller cases. In addition, the card requires only one six-pin power connector, which means it’ll be compatible with a greater number of power supplies.
The R7 360 has strong competition, however. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 750 is available in only a couple of variants but costs a tempting £95. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti has been around longer, which means a bigger selection of cards is available, and its prices start at £90 thanks to a recent price drop from Nvidia.
AMD Radeon R7 360 – Results Analysis
The R7 360 is a budget card designed for 1080p playback and smooth gameplay in less demanding titles. This was seen out in the benchmarks, where it struggled to run some games with smooth frame rates.
In Battlefield 4, its 1080p minimum and average frame rates of 23fps and 28fps are a little below what I’d consider smooth, which means that gameplay will occasionally stutter unless quality settings are dropped. Those minimum and average results were four and two frames better than the GTX 750, but it’s still an inauspicious start – especially when the GTX 750 Ti romped through with an average of 47fps.