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XFX Unveils Passively Cooled Radeon R7 240 and 250 Cards

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XFX has revealed two new passively cooled Radeon R7-200 series graphics cards.

It's not often that we see passively cooled graphics cards go through the pipeline, so when they do, it obviously catches our attention. The new Radeon R7-250 Core Edition and R7-240 Core Edition from XFX may not be the most powerful cards, but they will suffice for HTPCs.

While the XFX Radeon R9-250 Core Edition is built on a half-height PCB, due to its higher clock speeds it does need a full-height cooler to take care of it. Its GPU runs at 1050 MHz, and the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 4.6 GHz.

In contrast, the XFX Radeon R9-240 Core Edition features a similar half-height PCB, and because it's clocked a little lower, it can get away with just a half-height cooling solution as well, making the card low-profile. There was no official word, but with these kinds of cards we often see low profile expansion slot covers included. The GPU is clocked at 780 MHz and is wired to 2 GB of DDR3 memory which runs at 1.8 GHz.

The XFX R7-250 Core Edition will set you back about €92, and the R7-240 Core Edition will only cost you about €75. There may be cheaper solutions, but they won't be as silent.

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    anxiousinfusion , December 17, 2013 11:54 PM
    The perfect home theater cards.
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    rohitbaran , December 18, 2013 12:23 AM
    R9 250 and R9 240 in second and third paragraphs instead of R7. Typo.
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    Darkz0r , December 18, 2013 1:32 AM
    Never buying XFX again after the 7970 fiasco. What a bad brand, costumer support is a copy paste joke!
    Id rather have Asus passive cooled cards or nothing at all!
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    ocilfa , December 18, 2013 1:43 AM
    Now if only we could have a passive cooled R9 290x...
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    bemused_fred , December 18, 2013 2:03 AM
    Now if only we could have a passive cooled R9 290x...

    You'd need a cooling tower.

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    SteelCity1981 , December 18, 2013 2:49 AM
    ^^^^^ or a down clocking the hell out of it. lol
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    Menigmand , December 18, 2013 3:04 AM
    There is just something passively cool about these cards.
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    chaospower , December 18, 2013 5:44 AM
    I think waiting for the new apus is a better option for a new htpc build
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    spookie , December 18, 2013 5:45 AM
    Now if only we could have a passive cooled R9 290x...

    You'd need a cooling tower.

    how do you like my new build: 4x passive cooled R9 290x's in crossfire
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    lowguppy , December 18, 2013 7:21 AM
    It's too bad that the best low profile card of the new R7/R9 batch is the 250, and it is about 2/3s the performance of the previous gen's low profile 7750. I still might consider the 240 for very small HTPC that has to be silent, but I'd rather have a 7750 or a larger card on a riser.
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    tanjali , December 18, 2013 8:00 AM
    If we changed materials used in R9 290x from Copper to Stanene or Graphene
    We wouldn't even need passive cooler, so it’s achievable!
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    Haravikk , December 18, 2013 9:01 AM
    I've got a semi-built console sized PC I've been hoping to finish, and a dual-height low profile card should fit well in the space; I could use one with fan of course but a passive card should work just fine with the cooling I'm going to use.

    I just wonder how it will compare to the Sapphire Low Profile Radeon HD 7750 I was original going to put in (non-passive)?
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    coolitic , December 18, 2013 4:54 PM
    DO THESE GUYS EVEN NOW WHAT RADEON IS?!?!??! That stuff gets hot as hell, you gotta downclock it to idle temps for this to even work.
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    Darkk , December 18, 2013 7:34 PM
    That is why they under clocked them to keep it cool with passive heat sinks.

    Great looking cards. Should fit the bill for HTPC nicely.