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AMD Radeon R7 250X Now Shipping at Sub-$100 Pricepoint

Vu TranFebruary 10, 2014

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Arriving without any noticeable fanfare, AMD recently launched their new Radeon R7 250X GPU which is expected to come in at a very attractive $99 price tag.

The AMD Radeon R7 250X, which is essentially a rebranded AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition, is expected to fill the gap between the Oland based R7 250 and the new Bonaire based R7 260/R7 260X. As far as specs go, the Radeon R7 250X is quite competitive against the current Radeon R7 series lineup sporting a 1GHz clock speed, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, 640 stream processors, 40TUs and 16 ROPs.

Manufacturer AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD
Model Radeon R7 240 Radeon R7 250 Radeon R7 250X Radeon R7 260 Radeon R7 260X
GPU Oland Pro Oland XT Cape Verde XT Bonaire XT Bonaire XTX
Architecture GCN 1.0 GCN 1.0 GCN 1.0 GCN 1.1 GCN 1.1
Fabrication 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 320 384 640 768 896
Texture Units 20 24 40 48 56
ROPs 8 8 16 16 16
Core Clock/Boost Clock 730780MHz 1000/1050MHz 1000MHz/UNK UNK/1000MHz UNK/1100MHz
Memory Clock 1.8GHz 4.6GHz 4.5GHz 6.0GHz 6.5GHz
Memory 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
PSU Connectors N/A N/A 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin
API Support DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3
TrueAudio Technology No No No Yes Yes

While it’s a rebrand, the Radeon R7 250X is definitely looking to be quite a great option for those in the market for a sub-$100 graphics card.

In comparison to the Radeon R7 250, the R7 250X is actually quite a step up despite the fact that AMD is planning to price it at only about $10 above the R7 250. With nearly double the stream processors, nearly double the texture units and double the ROPs, you can expect to see the R7 250X perform at roughly less than double the performance of the R7 250 for not much more in price.

As for the Radeon R7 260/R7 260X, the R7 250X should be quite competitive as well although since it’ll be based off GCN 1.0 rather than GCN 1.1 hardware, it’ll lack some of the GCN 1.1 features such as AMD True Audio support.

250xvsgtx650

AMD is also claiming that the Radeon R7 250X will be very competitive against Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 650 at a lower pricepoint. On average, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 is currently retailing at around the $110-$120 making the Radeon R7 250X’s $99 pricetag quite appealing for gamers on a budget.

 

Source: AMD

About The Author
Vu Tran
Vu has a degree from the University of the Pacific and job experience in computers and administration. His hobbies include building computers and playing video games. He has previously written on sites such as 1up.com.

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