AMD today formally introduced the Radeon R7 250X, an affordable graphics card aimed at gamers looking to play their titles at Full HD 1080p. Some vendors already had the new SKU listed as early as last week, though it should be a lot easier to find starting today and going forward. It's a $99 card, give or take a few dollars depending on what AMD's hardware partners do with the reference design -- the chip designer says custom cooled designs are ready to launch.
The card itself is basically a rebranded Radeon HD 7770 with a new price (the Radeon HD 7770 debuted at $159). It sports a 28nm Cape Verde Graphics Core Next (GCN 1.0) GPU with 640 stream processors, 40 texture units, 16 ROPs, and 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 running at 4.5GHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus; the engine clock runs at 1,000MHz.
AMD is going after Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650, a slightly higher priced part that doesn't quite keep up with the R7 250X, or so that's what AMD's own benchmarking shows. For example, AMD offers up the following benchmark comparisons:
Keep in mind those are AMD's benchmarks, not ours. It's also worth pointing out that the R7 250X doesn't support AMD's new TrueAudio technology. However, it does support Mantle, along with DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3.