The R7 250X is AMD’s answer to the Nvidia GTX 750 and 750 Ti, and will be available for around $100.
AMD appears to be giving the R7 250X a low-key silent launch, and while the card is nothing more than a rebranded version of the HD7770, it gives AMD the chance to go head-to-head against cards that Nvidia is set to launch soon, the GTX 750 and 750 Ti.
On the heels of AMD’s announcement, PowerColor launched its R7 250X offering. The card itself isn’t different form the HD7770, and as such has the same 512 stream processors, 1GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit wide memory interface, OpenGL 4.3 and DirectX 11.2 support, clocks of 1125 MHz and throughput of 4.5Gb/s. The card comes with one DL-DVI-D, one HDMI and one VGA out. Maximum resolution on VGA is 2048×1536, 2560×1600 on DVI and 4096×2160 when connected using HDMI.
The R7 250X is based on Graphics Core Next, and includes the Mantle low-level API. It has been found that the benefits offered by Mantle are more significant in entry-level hardware, and it is likely that AMD will decide to use Mantle in most of its entry-level and mid-tier cards this year. PowerColor’s R7 250X will likely be available for under $100, and the card should be available in stores shortly.