R7 250 vs R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.59
 
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Architecture
GCN
 
GCN
GPU code name
Oland XT
 
Kaveri Spectre
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
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Launch date
1 October 2013 (7 years ago)
 
14 January 2014 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$89
 
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Price now
$109 (1.2x MSRP)
 
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
384
 
512
Core clock speed
no data
 
720 MHz
Boost clock speed
1050 MHz
 
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Number of transistors
950 million
 
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Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
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Texture fill rate
25.20
 
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Floating-point performance
716.8 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
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Length
168 mm
 
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Supplementary power connectors
N/A
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
DDR3, GDDR5
 
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Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
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Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
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Memory clock speed
1150 MHz
 
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Memory bandwidth
72 GB/s
 
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Shared memory
-
 
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Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
 
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HDMI
+
 
-

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration
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-
CrossFire
+
 
-
FreeSync
+
 
-
DDMA audio
+
 
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.2
Shader Model
5.1
 
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OpenGL
4.6
 
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OpenCL
1.2
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R7 250 4.55
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 7.01 +54.1%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

R7 250 15080 +45.8%
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 10341

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R7 250 2051 +38.9%
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 1477

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

R7 250 2145 +32.7%
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 1616

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

R7 250 2775 +20.5%
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 2302

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

R7 250 27 +35%
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 20

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R7 250 and Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop). Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
117 Mh/s
 
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Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
3 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

R7 250 satisfies 75% minimum and 64% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
75%
Recommended
64%
Minimum
75%
Recommended
64%

R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) satisfies 79% minimum and 66% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
79%
Recommended
66%
Minimum
79%
Recommended
66%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
R7 250
R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
1080p
 
19 +5.6%
18 −5.6%

Competitors of Radeon R7 250 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R7 250 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 260, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R7 250:

Competitors of Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) from NVIDIA is GeForce 945A, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop):

Advantages of AMD Radeon R7 250

Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)

Advantages of AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)

54.1% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests

Somewhat newer (14 January 2014 vs 1 October 2013)

More pipelines (512 vs 384)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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