AMD heats up the branding iron, creates Radeon R7 250X

AMD's conversion to its new R-series branding for Radeon graphics cards is nearly complete today with the introduction of the Radeon R7 250X.

This squat-looking video card replaces the venerable Radeon HD 7770 as AMD's $99 product offering, and near as we can tell, it sports the exact same specifications as the 7770 before it.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

In fact, the R7 250X is cheap, compact, and requires only a single 6-pin aux power input, yet it's sure to be a big upgrade over any integrated graphics solution. The GPU under that chunky-looking cooler is code-named Cape Verde; it's 28-nm silicon based on the familiar Graphics Core Next architecture. That means the R7 250X is fairly up to date, with support for DirectX 11.1 and AMD's own Mantle API. However, this slightly older chip doesn't support newfangled features like TrueAudio and CrossFire with XDMA—those capabilities are the exclusive domain of two newer bits of silicon, Hawaii and Bonaire, used in select R-series Radeon cards.

AMD expects the R7 250X to be available at the usual outlets starting today.

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