Asus AMD Radeon R7 250 Review

Let’s Review Asus AMD Radeon R7 250 Graphic Card! So, here we go!

My earlier days of gaming weren’t really impressive and as far as I remember, it wasn’t my preference as well to have great visual graphics.

The only thing that mattered that time was how much I have enjoyed the game.

Don’t worry I am not that old, just trying to make things relevant here.

Talking about older generation games such as LoL, War Thunder, TF2, Warframe and much more. For me, they are basically the nostalgia.

Back then, we didn’t have to put some serious attention to graphics cards but nowadays, they are an important gaming choice. NVIDIA’s newer generation of graphics cards includes GTX 960, GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and 1080 etc. that balance a load of heavy graphics.

These graphics cards work efficiently well with fourth generation games such as Witcher 3, GTA V, Battlefield 4 etc. But you really don’t need them for older games, mentioned above. There are basically two reasons behind this argument. Firstly, they are over performing for these games and secondly, they bear a hefty price tag for an obvious reason.

Asus AMD Radeon R7 250 Review:

In this particular scenario, ASUS AMD Radeon R7 comes handy. Most of the reviewers nowadays do not pay attention to such graphics card but I think they still hold a place in today’s gaming environment. Radeon R7 is below average graphics card to keep the game running with major lags. It doesn’t include heavy games but the first and second generation of games. Released in 2014, it is still considered enough for normal gaming PC.

Specs:

Name ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250
Brand Asus
Color Red
GPU Oland XT
Fabrication 28 nm
Base Clock 1050 MHz
Stream Processors 384
Texture Units 24
Memory Interface 128 bit
Memory Frequency 1150 MHz

Unboxing and Design:

Box comes packed with user manual, driver disks, one VGA profile adapter and one HDMI profile adapter and finally the gaming card itself in a closed stiff packing. The overall design of the card isn’t impressive. It is bit smaller in size and is accompanied by 37 mm fan to dissipate the heat.This fan is enough for heat removal while running low profile games.

On the back, we have HDMI and DVI ports. This DVI port is a dual link which means it can’t support graphics above 1920 x 1200. This is pretty much balanced, even for the modern games. You don’t have to equip it with external power as it comes with TDP of only 65 W. Other than that, it is quite easy to install. Once you connect it to the system, a window will appear and rest of the process is piece of cake.

Performance:

Despite now being an up to mark card, it still managed to run some titles flawlessly. I have tried testing War Thunder, TF2, and Warframe. Other than that, I tried some latest titles such as Battlefield 4 and DOTA 2 too. Let’s begin with the older games first.

War Thunder and War frame having mid ranged graphics, ran efficiently with the graphics card on. The fan started slowly after some time when the game entered the fighting phase. There was no noise in fan movement.

As far as Battlefield 4 is concerned, it proved to be quite heavier for this graphics card. Even with no fighting scene, there was pretty much lagging and distortion of graphics. Even the fan started rotating at very high speed. Fan noise was irritating too. It certainly isn’t job of this little guy neither it is made for this purpose.

Heavier games also put an increase to temperature by manifolds. This card isn’t designed to bear that much load so it is pretty much obvious to get heated. Fan operation at faster rate tried its best to keep things under control on which it hardly succeeded.

It’s an entry level card after all so I didn’t expect anything more from it. Any game that can run below 30 fps can easily cope with it. Lowering settings for higher games can distort the graphics but it can make the game lag free.

Conclusion:

For a hardcore gamer, this card doesn’t fulfill all necessary conditions of healthy gameplay. It is a low price card with low profile graphics solution. ASUS claims that it can work efficiently with modern games but it didn’t work in my testing. After all, we aren’t working in ideal conditions. I won’t recommend it to hardcore gamers but newbies can really give it a try. It would be able to run some games at good frames per second (hopefully).

Asus AMD Radeon R7 250

Asus AMD Radeon R7 250
8.8

Design

9/10

Overheat

9/10

Speed

9/10

Resolution

8/10

Overall

9/10

Pros

  • 1150 MHz
  • AMD Radeon
  • 1 GB

Cons

  • It doesn’t run heavy games

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Written by Addison Aiken

Addison Aiken is a reporter at GadgetSkull focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. He previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry. He is graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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