AMD Launches Radeon R7 250X at $99 - HD 7770 Redux

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 10, 2014 - 12:00 AM |
Tagged: radeon, R7, hd 7770, amd, 250x

With the exception of the R9 290X, the R9 290, and the R7 260X, AMD's recent branding campaign with the Radeon R7 and R9 series of graphics cards is really just a reorganization and rebranding of existing parts.  When we reviewed the Radeon R9 280X and R9 270X, both were well known entities though this time with lower price tags to sweeten the pot.  

Today, AMD is continuing the process of building the R7 graphics card lineup with the R7 250X.  If you were looking for a new ASIC, maybe one that includes TrueAudio support, you are going to be let down.  The R7 250X is essentially the same part that was released as the HD 7770 in February of 2012: Cape Verde.

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AMD calls the R7 250X "the successor" to the Radeon HD 7770 and its targeting the 1080p gaming landscape in the $99 price range.  For those keeping track at home, the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition parts are currently selling for the same price.  The R7 250X will be available in both 1GB and 2GB variants with a 128-bit GDDR5 memory bus running at 4.5 GHz.  The card requires a single 6-pin power connection and we expect a TDP of 95 watts.  

Here is a table that details the current product stack of GPUs from AMD under $140.  It's quite crowded as you can see.

  Radeon R7 260X Radeon R7 260 Radeon R7 250X Radeon R7 250 Radeon R7 240
GPU Code name Bonaire Bonaire Cape Verde Oland Oland
GPU Cores 896 768 640 384 320
Rated Clock 1100 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1050 MHz 780 MHz
Texture Units 56 48 40 24 20
ROP Units 16 16 16 8 8
Memory 2GB 2GB 1 or 2GB 1 or 2GB 1 or 2GB
Memory Clock 6500 MHz 6000 MHz 4500 MHz 4600 MHz 4600 MHz
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 104 GB/s 96 GB/s 72 GB/s 73.6 GB/s 28.8 GB/s
TDP 115 watts 95 watts 95 watts 65 watts 30 watts
Peak Compute 1.97 TFLOPS 1.53 TFLOPS 1.28 TFLOPS 0.806 TFLOPS 0.499 TFLOPS
MSRP $139 $109 $99 $89 $79

The current competition from NVIDIA rests in the hands of the GeForce GTX 650 and the GTX 650 Ti, a GPU that was released itself in late 2012.  Since we already know what performance to expect from the R7 250X because of its pedigree, the numbers below aren't really that surprising, as provided by AMD.

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AMD did leave out the GTX 650 Ti from the graph above... but no matter, we'll be doing our own testing soon enough, once our R7 250X cards find there way into the PC Perspective offices.  

The AMD Radeon R7 250X will be available starting today but if that is the price point you are looking at, you might want to keep an eye out for sales on those remaining Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition parts.


Source: AMD

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February 10, 2014 | 01:45 AM - Posted by renz (not verified)

so this card will be AMD answer to nvdia upcoming 750 Ti / 750?

February 10, 2014 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Uh huh

February 10, 2014 | 03:09 AM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

No this is no answer. It is just a rebrand. And there is still a 512 shaders model missing, the 7750 rebrand.

Nvidia 750 and 750ti on the other hand, are REALLY new cards and they are considered to be the answers to 260 and 260X(and a first test for Maxwell).

February 10, 2014 | 04:10 AM - Posted by raschmidt (not verified)

Lowering the price of the 7770 to $100 and renaming it is AMD's answer to the upcoming GTX750. I think you misunderstood what he was asking.

February 10, 2014 | 04:51 AM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

Lowering? The next phrase is from the article.

"For those keeping track at home, the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition parts are currently selling for the same price."

Not to mention about 250 being at the same price level as 7750 when it came out offering 384 shaders while 7750 had 512. Also 240 was at the same price levels as 7730 but again with less shaders(320 vs 384).
AMD DIDN'T lowered prices at the sub $100 market. They increased them. And maybe this is also the case with 260X.
AMD lowered the prices ONLY in the hi end, not to mention the 290 bomb they dropped.

February 10, 2014 | 01:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

GTX 750 Ti & GTX 750 launches next week on February 18th. Don't buy anything until you see their performance per watt.

February 10, 2014 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Another reason to skip kaveri and its expensive ram requirements.

February 10, 2014 | 03:27 PM - Posted by Lithium (not verified)

AMD, die already

AMD spread filth
AMD abuse silicon and lie that 95 C is good for it
AMD is everyday in some king of news with half baked tehnology

I will rather stop playing at all than play on ANY kind of AMD hardware . - period

February 10, 2014 | 08:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD will be around until the end of the universe, with people still expecting it to go out of business, and still AMD prevents Intel from laying back and milking its technology for every last penny! And still to this day, Intel is really not that important without the likes of a Nvidia, or AMD product in the PCI slot, for high end gaming!

I just wonder who is going to get IBM's fab business, is it going to be Apple or Google Robotics, or that bald guy for Amazon, Apple could buy IBM's fab business along with any process IP that IBM may be willing to part with, it is actually the IP part of the fabrication business that makes IBM's fab business valuable, more so that the buildings and equipment!

AMD will not go away, and throughout AMD's existence Intel has been forced into innovating, the x86 64 bit ISA is AMD's contribution, and now AMD is moving towards HSA(its version of HSA, there will be others), and the complete merging of the vector processor(GPU) with the CPU, and Intel will be forced to counter! If any one company will become the only player, it will probably not be a single company but an industry, an industry that runs on totally licensed IP, like the mobile devices industry and its suppliers of licensed IP, from ARM ISA and refrence CPU licenses, and other CPU design houses, to licensed GPU IP to run the graphcs on the device, even the other on die functional blocks like video decoders, and on die interconnects, can be licensed, AMD is becoming part of the licensed IP industry with its using the ARM, refrence A57 CPUs in its first ARM based server chips, as well as designing future ARM ISA based APUs with AMD graphics/AMD's version of HSA added, same goes for Nvidia with the Tegra K1 and earler designs, but the K1 can run the full desktop versions of OpenGL and OpenCL, and Nvidia's K1 will have also a custom designed CPU(denver) that can run the ARMv8 ISA, just like Apple has the A7 cyclone ARMv8 ISA based CPU, that is an all Apple design, and the Apple A7 is more powerfull than the ARM holdings refrence design that runs the ARMv8 64 bit ISA! So AMD and Nvidia will be forced to licensed some of their GPU IP(maybe not their newest) at first, and Nvidia has working Denver core based CPUs, and AMD is planning its own ARM based reply. Apple is the one of the biggest players in the licensed IP business, along with Samsung, and Qualcomm, and Apple uses other 3rd party licensed IP in its SOC, the GPU is PowerVR from Imagination Technologies(licensed IP market, like ARM holdings). What is really going to disappear in the monolithic CPU companies, that control the market, and try to force OEMs to take it or leave it, and x86 is not the only game in town, AMD will be playing both sides of the fence, while it still has the chance, as even the x86 ISA may be open to more companies, as Intel is forced to compete against a whole industry! OEMs will no longer be under Intel's thumb, for all their device needs, and chipzilla is going to have to settle for less profits per CPU sold, as the profit margins are going to keep getting smaller selling CPUs as the only business! OEM's will have their device SOCs custom designed out of licensed functional on DIE blocks, and some will do their own CPUs built around licensed ISAs(ARM Holdings' and others) while smaller companies will go with the ready made refrence designs(from ARM holdings and others), GPUs licensed for other third party design houses, and functional on die logic coming from others. These OEM's will hire third party custom SOC integration engineering companies, or use ARM holdings' custom SOC integration engineering consulting services, and have their SOCs fabricated by TSMC, globalfoundrys, and others. AMD, Nvidia, Intel, will be forced to change their business models, or die, but company names may disappear, but their IP will live on in other products, and CPU/GPU parts(functional on die IP blocks, other) are going to become(IP wise) like chicken parts, or pork bellies, priced low to sell.

"I will rather stop playing at all than play on ANY kind of AMD hardware ", well Nvidia has some products, but you better have deeper pockets. Did AMD kill your papa and drive your mama stone blind?

Get your Kentucky fried SOCs, with 7 different on die functional IP blocks, best video decoders, and GPUs, and other qood SOC spices from the best IP suppliers.

February 11, 2014 | 10:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are a tool sir.

February 11, 2014 | 12:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It pisses the Fanbois off when their favorite companies are no longer relevant as monolithic entities, but OEMs Including IBM, at the start of the PC market, who forced Intel to cross license the x86 ISA, so IBM would not be tied to the whims of a single supplier understand! So now CPU ISAs are for license, or complete CPU refrence designs, along with a mix and match selection of on die functional blocks, that the device's OEMs can have custom integrated to the OEM's exact specifications! And the OEM's can contract with a custom SOC integration engineering contractor, and a foundry to have these SOCs made, all without having to own a single in house design division or chip foundry! Even Nivida is talking about licensing GPU IP, and eventually AMD will follow, But Intel will take a while, but even that chipolopy will have to put its clean room suit wearing dancers into mothballs, beacuse the monolithic companies, that the Fanbois love even more than their own dear moms, are so 1990s, all hail our new licensed IP SOC market providors, for they give us SOCs made up of all the best parts, and like the burger folks, special orders do not upset them, would you like more on die functional blocks with that order sir!

So yes, I am a tool, that enjoys tweaking the noses of Fanbois that drool!

February 11, 2014 | 10:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"You are a tool sir" is in reply to Lithium.

He wants no competition so he can pay $2000 for a gtx780ti.

February 10, 2014 | 03:55 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Will this card work in Dual Graphics mode with Kaveri?

February 15, 2014 | 08:08 PM - Posted by Marc Bell (not verified)

I too wish to know if this card supports dual graphics.

May 11, 2014 | 05:31 PM - Posted by AMD Fanboy (not verified)

As both AMD R7 240 and 250 are based on Oland architecture and AMD R7 250X based on Cape Verde, do you think they can be crossfired with AMD's iGPU? Pleaes clear my doubt if you've found some new info...

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