The ASUS Radeon R7 250X is a graphics card that would fit within AMD entrance/mid range and comes to bridge the gap between R7 250 and R7 260X.
Actually, this is a HD Radeon 7770 renamed and adapted to the new generation, with 640 stream processors running at 1 GHz, 40 TMUs (units textured), 16 ROPs (units rastered), 128-bit bus, and in this particular case, 1 GB of GDDR5 at 4.5 Ghz.
This ASUS Radeon R7 250X emphasizes it’s support with Mantle, DirectX 11.2 , OpenGL 4.3 and CrossFire, and is manufactured in a 28-nanometer process.
With HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI ports (VGA adapter included in the box), we are therefore faced with a graphics card that aims to become an alternative to consider for tight budgets looking for a good value.
With the introductions, let’s see what it offers us and how it plays in the field, starting with a screenshot of their benefits at TechPowerUp GPU-Z:
The computer on which we used the ASUS Radeon R7 250X has a ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional- M motherboard with Intel Core Ivy Bridge processor and 8 GB of 1333 MHz RAM, with Windows 8.1 and AMD Catalyst 14.4 WHQL drivers, while the test banks to which we resort were 3DMark 11, Unigine Valley and Cinebench R15, and we also tested its performance with Battlefield 4, Thief and Sleeping Dogs.
In Cinebench R15 it reached a rate of 63.25 fps in an OpenGL field, while Unigine Valley 1.0, with high quality and playing at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at full screen, scored a total score of 1,199 points with 28,7 fps average (maximum 50.5 and minimum 15.8).
Meanwhile, with 3DMark 11 the results were also sufficient but not overwhelming, reaching 2,526 points in the most demanding test (Firestrike) that to get an idea, it falls below the 3,328 points that the top model AMD 260x R7 was able to get, tested with the same equipment.
3D Mark Test:
|Fire strike 1.1||2526|
|Cloud Gate 1.1||6671|
|ICE Storm 1.2||65776|
If you want to know how this R7 Radeon 250X performs with some of the latest games, these were our results. In Battlefield 4 with Mantle enabled and with high quality graphics, we got about 50 fps at 1,920 x 1,090 resolution in "windowed" mode, which fell to just 21 fps in full screen.
In Thief , the performance test in Full HD mode with the default settings (and again with Mantle instead of DirectX 11.2), the fps reached an average of 26.5, with a maximum of 37.
Finally , the performance test running in normal mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution in Sleeping Dogs, the result reached more than satisfactory 54.8 fps on average, with a maximum of 66.7 fps.
In view of these results, this ASUS Radeon R7 250X is a good alternative to hardcore gamers who want to enjoy the latest titles without problems.
It’s performance is sufficient for medium and high modes including Full HD quality in certain games, which cost about 160 dollars gives it a good price / quality ratio. Of course, those who want to get the most you will have to be set at a premium model, but with resolutions of 1600 x 900 complies to spare.
Moreover, for those who have no high end processors with integrated graphics is also a great way to breathe new life into your PC, while we compare it with more powerful integrated GPUs the leap doesn’t compensates that much.
In addition, its moderate size (suitable for any mid-tower), full support for Mantle and the possibility to use it in CrossFire mode are other aspects to be assessed, although the TDP of this particular ASUS model could be somewhat lower (150W).