Powercolor AMD Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review



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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Powercolor AMD R7 250X (9)

While Nvidia’s GTX Titan Z and AMD’s R9 295 X2 graphics cards may be stealing all the headlines, the real battle between Nvidia and AMD is occurring at those lower end price points where the bulk of graphics cards are sold. A quick look at the Steam Hardware Survey reveals just how popular the sub $200 price point is. For those looking for an even more affordable entry into gaming, the $100 price point is vital. What’s currently on offer at the $100 price point from AMD? Well their latest addition is the R7 250X, a rebranded HD 7770 GHz Edition looking to steal the title of “best $100 gaming graphics card”. Nvidia is yet to refresh their entry level range so at the $100 price point they still offer the GT 640 for $90 or the GTX 650 for $110. Yet, as we will see throughout this review, the AMD R7 250X finds itself in an incredibly competitive position because of Nvidia’s unwillingness to reduce prices on their entry level product stack. Today we are taking a look at a Powercolor R7 250X, but it is as close to a reference R7 250X as you will find. This card packs a basic cooling solution, stock R7 250X speeds and is about as “cheap and cheerful” as you’ll find. How do Nvidia’s offerings stack up against AMD’s newest budget friendly offering? Well let’s proceed through this review and find out!

Specifications Analysis

As we’ve mentioned this particular Powercolor R7 250X is identical to the reference R7 250X. The only difference is Powercolor are not offering this with 2GB of GDDR5 memory whereas you will find some other vendors offering the R7 250X with 2GB. The closest Nvidia competitors are the GT 640 GDDR5 and GTX 650 which cost $90 and $110 respectively.

powercolor_r7250x_specs

Packaging and Bundle

Our sample came direct from AMD and isn’t a retail package so there’s nothing fancy to see in terms of the packaging.

Powercolor AMD R7 250X (1)

The accessory pack is representative of retail though. This card simply comes with a quick install guide and driver CD. No power adapters are provided so you’re expected to have a 6 pin to spare from your power supply…while the card has a VGA output so a DVI to VGA adapter would be redundant.

Powercolor AMD R7 250X (2)

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  • ephemeris

    What is the performance of this R7 250x in terms of ‘CrossFire”mode. Given the I5 processor is somewhat computationally superior. However one the reasons I would take one of these lower end cards would be to benifit the graphics utility with the AMD Kaveris. I’m fairly certain that the results here,would be at least 20% better with using the AMD platform,and this card. And as with this the question would be which one,and what brand would be the better choice of the user wanting to do so.

    I dont know what the equivalent technology is available when running a graphics card on the Intel platform. Although the ‘crossfire’ type scenario might be done. And I realize that ‘crossfire’,is actually a different term when utilized presently with the FM2+/Kaveri platform. Since Crossfire,can be used in dual mode,and it is probably not a default of the platform cpu in that vain. (For example two R7 250xs,or 240s on an ATX using the same processor in your system tests).

    The AMD would use the same ideal of a medial system with 1866 memory as well. I know the difference between the two proprieties. I dont know which for the AMD platform would be the best low cost card to do so. And as a kicker the Nvidia vrs Crossfire could be seen as well. And compute would be better too.

    Thanks.