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Good value "silent" GPU, but it's basically a re-branded HD 7750 ultimate
on 28 April 2014
The 7750 Ultimate was a pretty good card, though the extra heatsink space and price were not ideal at times.
The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate, is identical in size and performance to the older model
In some ways this is a bit of a let down (a few years down the road you expect some improvements) so far there are few silent offerings in the newer R series GPU's even lower end units most of them have fans.
A quick summary of good and bad
+ Decent mid level performance, not for hard core gamers but an ok update if you are running a lower end or older GPU
+ Card is completely silent due to the larger heatsink and no fan no noise at all
+ Price is lower than the 7750 it replaces
+ Low power consumption
- Like the 7750 requires two slots to be used at the rear of the pc case
- Despite being passive, it's important to ensure good case airflow (there are grills to let air exhaust the rear of the card out the case, a front fan would be useful to have)
- Offers no improvement in performance over the 7750 ultimate
Spec wise it's exactly the same bar the support for DisplayPort 1.2 (the newer version) 4k support is present like the older card (though few will have a 4k monitor)
You get a decent all round spec including 800 MHz Core Clock same 28 nm Chip. 512 x Stream Processors 1024 MB
128 -bit GDDR5 ram.
It's capable enough for playing up to date games at mid level settings. I tested Skyrim on a 1920x1080 monitor details up to max and 1x AA and 1xAF, the game was hitting around 50/55fps which is quite smooth and playable. If you increase the AA levels right up to say 8xAA it does judder a bit (playable but not so smooth) It will struggle at ful HD with titles like BioShock Infinite, and forget about Crysis 3 which will require quite a few settings dropped down to make it playable (it's a title which hits graphics cards heavily even quite strong ones)
Ideal for a mid level to modest gamers, if you're not scared to turn some settings down it will provide satisfactory performance. Will run older games very well though and with ease.
Usual support for flash, x-vid, blu ray and dvd playback (ideal for use as a media pc offloading the work from the CPU)
I'm not going to mark it down for being a re-brand (it is tempting), as the price is quite a lot better than the older model. It's a good choice for silent pc fans, and media pc builders (if you have the space for it) Compared to the Sapphire HD 6570 1GB Ultimate, the performance is a decent step up, though it does take 2 slots v the single on the 6570 (no point upgrading for a media pc both cards work well here). If you have that card and need more grunt, worth a look. If you are happy enough for light gaming with the 6570 or cards near there, then skip this and wait for a genuine new model
I'm not a heavy gamer so cards like this work well for me, I had hoped Sapphire would have a newer model out with improved performance and possibly a single slot requirement. Still even as it is, bar 7750 users who can safely ignore this, it's a pretty good buy for the money.