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XFX R7 250E Review

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XFX R7 250E Closer Look:

XFX R7 250E is built around AMD's 28nm Cape Verde Pro GPU. This card is equipped with 512 stream processors, 16 ROPs, and 32 texture units, running at an un-boosted 800MHz core clock speed. 1GB of GDDR5 memory is used on this card running at 1125MHz, for an effective data rate of 4500MHz through a 128-bit bus. One thing to watch out for is that some R7 250 cards are running with GDDR3 instead of the GDDR5 used on this card. In addition, some of the R7 250 cards in XFX's product stack are dual-slot cooling designs or low profile cards.

This particular card has par number R7-250E-ZNP4 and utilizes a single-slot cooling solution design based around XFX Ghost Thermal Technology. This single-slot design opens up the usage scenario for the card in pre-built computers that may be lacking in space for a dual-slot solution. XFX R7 250E uses a 16x PCIe 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible. Measuring 8.3 x 4.4 x 0.74 inches, the card is not that large and is just slimmer than 3/4 inch. A single IP-5X dust-free fan design is used for long term cooling fan operation to eliminate one of the key failure points that take out video cards. To further ensure long term usability, XFX equips the R7 250E with a custom PCB that uses 2oz copper layers and Duratec components for the VRM circuit.

 

 

 

Display connectivity consists of a DL-DVI port, an HDMI 1.4 port, and a full-size DisplayPort 1.2 port, which support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 via DVI and 4096 x 2160 using the HDMI or DP options. As a single-slot design, there is no way for the thermal load to exhaust out of the I/O bracket, so the thermal load is recycled in the chassis. This is not a real problem in modern chassis as most are built with 120mm or 140mm fans to provide decent airflow. The back end of the card is open and there is no need for an additional power connector thanks to the low 65W TDP. XFX recommends a power supply of no less than 450 watts, with 500 watts as preferred. CrossFire is supported in a hybrid configuration only when using an AMD APU.

 

 

Let's see how well this card performs in our tests.




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