XFX R7 250 ReviewRHKCommander959 - February 6, 2014
Category: Video Cards
» Discuss this article (1)
XFX R7 250 Ghost 2.0 Introduction:
Another generation of cards is rolling out quickly. The ranks are already teeming with options ranging from high-end to low and everywhere in between. Today for review is XFX's fourth R7 250, this one with Ghost 2.0 cooling. Currently AMD has laid out two main performance categories: R9 and R7. R9 is the high-end segment while R7 is more mainstream/mid-range. The R7 group has three levels to choose from with the 240, 250, and 260X. In essence the 250 is in the middle of the middle, but with the cards released by AMD thus far it is essentially nearer the lower spectrum. This is especially true considering there are four higher models.
All of XFX's current R7 250 cards are Core Edition with 1050MHz core clock rates. The GCN core is manufactured on a 28 nm fabrication process. This design has six Compute Units resulting in 384 Stream Processors (64 each) and utilizes a 128-bit memory bus. With this it communicates with the 1GB of GDDR5 clocked at 4.5GHz. These cards also support AMD PowerTune with Boost, Ultra HD, and 4K resolutions out of the box.
XFX R7 250 Ghost 2.0 Closer Look:
The XFX R7 250 Core Ghost edition comes in a small, but clean black box. Bright blue lines highlight the sides. The front is very specific as to what should be expected inside the box — a R7 250 with 1GB of GDDR5, video outputs of HDMI, DVI, and VGA, and a quiet Ghost 2.0 cooler design that utilizes a 90mm fan and a high airflow layout. Flipping the box over shows some of the main features in six different languages. Features include PCI Express 3.0 interface, Microsoft DirectX 11.2, Bullet physics engine, AMD GCN architecture, 32GB/s Ultrawide bandwidth, PowerTune 2, OpenGL 4.2 & OpenCL 1.2, AMD HD3D — Stereoscopic 3D, QuadHD/4K Video 4096x2160 resolution, AMD PowerPlay, Blu-ray 3D support, and AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology.
The first side of the box lists the contents: the XFX R7 250 graphics card, Installation CD, Quick Installation Guide, Driver CD Guide, and Warranty Card. Under this in a faint gray font is copyright information for XFX and AMD. At the very bottom are logos for FCC, CE, recycling, and RoHS, and the card name in a red area. The opposite side continues on the theme presented by the front with diagonal font with the card name.
The top of the box has the XFX logo, card name, and a sticker with model and part numbers, card name and features, serial and UPC bar-codes. The bottom of the box uses another gray font that is harder to read for all of the clarifications; seven in total. The other half is dedicated to system requirements and is done in a nice, bright white font color. A motherboard with an open PCI Express x16 slot is needed, a 400W or greater power supply is recommended, AMD CrossFire requires a second R7 250 (two cards maximum!) with a CrossFire compatible motherboard, and 1GB of system memory minimum. Supported Operating Systems include: Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1.
The XFX R7 250 is already fairly compatible with most systems right out of the box, and since it doesn't need an external power connector, and lacks an AMD CrossFire port there are no physical accessories included. Included in the box is an Installation CD, Driver CD Installation Guide, Quick Installation Guide, XFX Warranty card and information sheet, PRO Series PSU advertisement, and XFX Adapters & Connectors list for those that might need them. The card is protected by a black antistatic bubble wrap bag with yellow tape carrying an ESD warning.
On to the next page for a view of the XFX R7 250 Core Ghost 2.0!