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Radeon R7 250X Review: Reprising Radeon HD 7770 At $100

The Radeon R7 250X Is A Good Value At $100

Let's take a look at the aggregate performance of these cards for an idea of where the Radeon R7 250X lands:

AMD's Radeon R7 250X performs roughly on par with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 Ti. It's notably better than the GeForce GTX 650 and Radeon R7 250 GDDR5.

What you don't see, however, is pricing. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti typically sells for around $130, while the slower GeForce GTX 650 starts at $105. Moreover, the Radeon R7 250 GDDR5 appears around $90. Is it really any wonder that we'd be fans of a Radeon HD 7770/R7 250X at $100?

Regardless of nomenclature, this card really does enable 1080p gaming on a budget. It never dipped below 30 FPS at the quality settings we used in our 1920x1080-based benchmarks. Average frame rates bottomed out at 45 FPS.

With the Radeon R7 250X looking so strong in the sub-$150 market, AMD's biggest problem is the cards surrounding it. How could we recommend the R7 250 GDDR5 for $10 less than a vastly superior 250X? Similarly, the two R7 260 cards on Newegg (selling for $125 and $140) are far too expensive compared to the more powerful R7 260X, which costs about the same amount.

If we could set prices, the Radeon R7 240 would go for $65, the Radeon R7 250 GDDR5 would be $80, and the Radeon R7 260 would sell for $115. In a world where the R7 250X costs $100, those numbers would make more sense.

Then again, if the worst thing we can say about a graphics card is that it makes other members of the same family look less attractive, how bad can it be? Yes, the Radeon R7 250X is a blatant rehash of the Radeon HD 7770. Yes, I think that AMD should have at least tuned its reference clock rates before assigning a new name. And, yes, a $100 Radeon R7 250X represents the best mainstream graphics card under $120. It's the lowest-priced gateway to 1080p gaming at the moment.

  • RedJaron
    Hmm, so they still don't have an attractive alternative to the 7750? Bad move, AMD. Baaaad move . . .
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  • rolli59
    Renaming is a trend nowadays so no surprises!
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  • icraft
    Eh. I used the HD 7770, and while it is a good budget card, it had its issues. They should have put much faster memory on there, especially for 2GB cards, and bumped core to 1100 or better. My card saw better performance with a 200Mhz memory bump than with a 100Mhz core bump, so memory bandwidth is an issue here.
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  • Immaculate
    Why do the reviewers keep using a 2500K?
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  • SteelCity1981
    why would you get this card? why not get the 7770 that's now in the same price range and has 256 more shaders instead. I mean the r250 is the same as the 7700 in every way except the 7700 has 640 more shaders compared to the r250's 384. so it wouldn't make sense to buy an r250 esp now since the 7700 is in the same price range.
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  • cleeve
    12650126 said:
    Why do the reviewers keep using a 2500K?

    Why wouldn't we? What's wrong with an overclocked 2500K?
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  • cleeve
    12650223 said:
    why would you get this card? why not get the 7770 that's now in the same price range and has 256 more shaders instead. I mean the r250 is the same as the 7700 in every way except the 7700 has 640 more shaders compared to the r250's 384. so it wouldn't make sense to buy an r250 esp now since the 7700 is in the same price range.

    If you read this review you would see that the R7 250X is *exactly* the same as the 7770.

    It does not have 384 shaders, it has 640. You're thinking of the R7 250, not the new R7 250X. ;)

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  • The_Trutherizer
    Some might say it's unfair to NVidia and Intel, but R7s HAVE to be paired with a Kevari in reviews for people to really get a sense of the options provided by AMD these days. It's just soo relevant. And with games supporting Mantle as well. ASAP. Battlefield already does... Isn't the time more than ripe for people to get a feel for what the future may hold? Personally I've ran the swarm stress test Mantle demo and I know there is a massive difference between D3D and Mantle in both performance and quality. Fair enough... I have a 280x and an Intel 4670 cpu - I'm pretty much agnostic about brands. But I'd sincerely love to see what AMD has actually been cooking up on the entry level.
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  • SteelCity1981
    cleeve I did read it, maybe you should actually read what I wrote I was talking about the r250 not r250x. like I said it doesn't make sense to buy a r250 when you can find 7770's as cheap or even an r250x rebrand for the same price an an r250.
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  • InvalidError
    12650126 said:
    Why do the reviewers keep using a 2500K?
    Because:
    1) it works
    2) for most games and low/mid-range GPUs, it is also just about as fast as the fastest current CPUs so there is no actual urge to use the highest-powered, newest and latest CPUs available.
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