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XFX R7 250 Review

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XFX R7 250 Ghost 2.0 Conclusion:

The XFX R7 250 (and 240) are built on the GCN architecture, similarly to the HD 7750, so the architectural differences aren't as major as it would be compared to a HD 6000 series card since they used VLIW5 architecture. Still, performance is very similar between the HD 7750 and R7 250 — just the 7750 has 512 Stream Processors and the R7 250 only has 384! Obviously some enhancements have been introduced to increased efficiency: improvements such as a die shrink from 40nm down to 28nm, and high clock rates help the R7 250 keep up. The GTX 560 Ti 448 has a similar core count, but obviously the designs are far different between AMD and NVIDIA!

Overclocking was fast and easy: set the power level to +20%, raise the clocks until they fail, and back off a bit. Essentially that was all that was needed. The overclock percent increase was a fairly standard amount — approximately 12.5% gain on core and 15.5% on memory speeds — nothing ground breaking, but overclocking is a free boost! The idle temperatures were the best by far in the test grouping; load temperatures were very good, too. With voltage modification the XFX R7 250 could likely go much further.

With so many revisions being released lately it can be hard for established gamers on a budget to justify wanting to buy upgrades when their equipment might perform similarly (as the HD 7750 and R7 250 does). For people building new systems right now the HD 7750 is priced slightly cheaper (but it does have a rebate at this time), and while it is 1-2 generations older (two if you count the OEM-only HD 8000 series), it did perform slightly better than the R7 250. Upgrading from older generation graphics cards would be much wiser than a jump from a mid-range HD 7000-series to the mid-range R7-series.

Throughout the review I keep an eye out for things that stand out, be it good or bad. I noticed nothing bad about this card: it operated perfectly, was quiet, easy to install, and everything it was claimed to be.

For customers looking for a new and affordable casual-gamer AMD graphics card, the XFX R7 250 is a great choice!

 

 

Pros:

  • Good looks
  • Great performance 
  • Good cooling
  • Low noise
  • Low power consumption
  • Crossfire support

 

Cons:

  • None


 

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