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XFX R7 250E Review

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XFX R7 250E Conclusion:

When you look purely at the gaming performance numbers, it's hard to really think of this card as a gaming performance card with the eye candy turned up. If you are buying this card to play the latest FPS games maxed out at 60 FPS, you will be disappointed. However, when you go to play in the wheel house it fits in, you can get performance up and over the commonly recognized 30 FPS threshold for playable performance at 1920x1080, or even higher at 1680x1050. When you get down to its DNA, this card has its roots in the 2012 release of AMD's Cape Verde Pro GCN architecture and is comparable to the HD 7750 seen at that time. Where you can really beef up performance is by connecting the XFX R7 250E into an AMD APU system and running a hybrid CrossFire configuration, which would drive performance up when needed and spools down the power consumption when you do not need the 3D GPU horsepower. In that respect, the XFX R7 250E has a lot to offer for a minimal financial impact.

Using a slim single-slot Ghost technology cooling solution, the card keeps temperatures in a small envelope when running at stock speeds or with the fan spooled all the way up when overclocking. During operation, the card is silent under a 3D load; something much appreciated when you see some of the screamers on the market. Running the fan at full speed, you do get some noise as you might expect, but nothing too obnoxious or unexpected. Meanwhile, overclocking was a bit more robust than I had anticipated. I was able to reach 950MHz on the core for a total boost of 150MHz, or about an 18% boost in clock speed on the core. Memory overclocking was even more robust with a 20% gain in memory speed, which helps overall memory throughput. A quick run of 3DMark Fire Strike showed a 500-point gain, or close to +24%, for your time and trouble. XFX Duratec component selection and Ghost Thermal Technology help drive these overclocking results by using a PCB infused with a 2oz copper layer, and higher rated chokes, capacitors, and mosfets.

As a low power card, the XFX R7 250E does not require any additional power from the power supply to let it perform at peak load. The max load came in at under 70 watts, meaning all the power can be supplied through the PCIe 16x slot the card is mounted in without any additional connectivity. Gaming is usually the reason a discrete card is installed into a system. In the technology world today, with software designed to use the parallel nature of the core architecture of GPUs, you can get more work done than ever before on a lower-cost system using an APU or simply using it on its own when installed in an Intel-based system. Currently priced at $75, this single-slot gem has a lot going for it when it comes to casual gaming and co-processing work streams.

 

Pros:

  • Single-slot cooling
  • Hybrid CrossFire
  • Improvement over Intel HD
  • XFX Duratec components
  • Casual gaming ready
  • 4K ready
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • None
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