Just days after we reported that AMD was set to release the budget-friendly Radeon R7 250X graphics card, the company has made it official.
AMD updated its R7 graphics card page to include a column for the 250x, which was not present the other day. Priced at $99, the Radeon R7 250X sports a GPU that’s clocked at “up to” 1 GHz. It also packs up to 2GB of RAM (there will be 1GB and 2GB models), and supports up to 640 stream processors, as well as 4k resolution, Mantle, Direct X 11.2, and OpenGL 4.3.
If you’re going to drop $99 on an R7 250X, however, you might as well snag a version that squeezes as much performance out of it as possible. On Friday, we saw an overclocked version of the R7 250X sporting a price tag of $99.99. At the time, the base clock speed for the R7 250X was unknown, and the product page for the R7 250X from Diamond barely listed any of the card’s specs at the time. Now though, the Amazon page lists a “boost core clock” of 1.05 GHz. An extra 50 Mhz might not mean much in terms of extra performance over the standard 250X, but why not opt for the overclocked version if Diamond’s unit and the base model Radeon R7 250X are priced more or less exactly the same?
AMD is laying its crosshairs on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 650 card, with PNY’s version currently going for $110 on Froogle. According to AMD, the R7 250X out-guns the GTX 650 in a multitude of popular PC games, including Starcraft 2 and DOTA 2, while running at 1,920 × 1,080. That said we won’t know if the 250X measures up to those claims for sure until we get to test it out for ourselves.
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