While Nvidia’s GTX Titan Z and AMD’s R9 295 X2 graphics cards may be stealing all the headlines, the real battle between Nvidia and AMD is occurring at those lower end price points where the bulk of graphics cards are sold. A quick look at the Steam Hardware Survey reveals just how popular the sub $200 price point is. For those looking for an even more affordable entry into gaming, the $100 price point is vital. What’s currently on offer at the $100 price point from AMD? Well their latest addition is the R7 250X, a rebranded HD 7770 GHz Edition looking to steal the title of “best $100 gaming graphics card”. Nvidia is yet to refresh their entry level range so at the $100 price point they still offer the GT 640 for $90 or the GTX 650 for $110. Yet, as we will see throughout this review, the AMD R7 250X finds itself in an incredibly competitive position because of Nvidia’s unwillingness to reduce prices on their entry level product stack. Today we are taking a look at a Powercolor R7 250X, but it is as close to a reference R7 250X as you will find. This card packs a basic cooling solution, stock R7 250X speeds and is about as “cheap and cheerful” as you’ll find. How do Nvidia’s offerings stack up against AMD’s newest budget friendly offering? Well let’s proceed through this review and find out!
As we’ve mentioned this particular Powercolor R7 250X is identical to the reference R7 250X. The only difference is Powercolor are not offering this with 2GB of GDDR5 memory whereas you will find some other vendors offering the R7 250X with 2GB. The closest Nvidia competitors are the GT 640 GDDR5 and GTX 650 which cost $90 and $110 respectively.
Packaging and Bundle
Our sample came direct from AMD and isn’t a retail package so there’s nothing fancy to see in terms of the packaging.
The accessory pack is representative of retail though. This card simply comes with a quick install guide and driver CD. No power adapters are provided so you’re expected to have a 6 pin to spare from your power supply…while the card has a VGA output so a DVI to VGA adapter would be redundant.
With AMD introducing lots of new cards to the R7 series they’ve decided it is time to readjust pricing. Today the R7 265 has been launched and with a price of $149 it makes the R7 260X uncompetitive at $139. As a result AMD have made the wise decision to drop the price of the R7 260X to $119. AMD’s R7 Series now has the following MSRP pricing:
R7 265 – $139.99
R7 260X – $119.99
R7 260 – $109.99
R7 250X – $99.99
R7 250 – $89.99
R7 240 – $69.99
Of course the pricing of these cards will vary by retailer and by the model in question as AMD’s board partners will choose to modify the cards in many ways. Either way we can say that the AMD R7 series looks a significant amount more attractive than it did when it was first released. What do you think of AMD’s complete R7 series and the product pricing?
While not exactly a new card for AMD, the R7 250X have been officially revealed. The new card, I mean old card, is a the HD 7770 GHz Edition and has been given a new name to bring it back to market to fill the gap between the current R7 250 and the R7 260.
The card is based on the Cape Verde hardware and features 640 stream processors, 40 texture unites, 16 ROPs and a GPU clock speed of 1000MHz. The card will also be available in both 1GB and 2GB formats via a 128-bit bus, although we do not know what type of memory has been used, we can only assume GDDR5 for the 1GB and DDR3 for the 2GB in a bid to keep costs as low as possible.
The R7 250X will hit the market later this week for around $99, putting is in the firing line of the Nvidia GTX 650 and it should give AMD a little bit of a performance lead in this end of the budget market.
Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information.
AMD is rumoured to be releasing an R7 250X graphics card very soon. The R7 250X will fill the gap between the R7 260 and R7 250. The specifications suggest we will see 640 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 40 TMUs making the unit physically identical to the HD 7770. Clock speeds are not known but considering the HD 7770 was clocked at 1GHz on the core and 4500MHz on the memory we should expect to see the R7 250X come with similar or higher clock speeds.
Currently two models have been spotted by VideoCardz, one from Sapphire (top) and one from ASUS (above). Pricing is expected to be around $99.99 and the European price is around €90. In the UK we should see a price of £75-85. 1GB and 2GB GDDR5 models are expected to be available.