Overall and Final Verdict
While honestly our benchmark suite is a little more demanding than the XFX R7 250X Core Edition was ever designed to handle. I was still impressed that it managed to pull out playable numbers in a few of the games, even with the settings turned completely up with full AA. This got me wondering how it would perform with the settings turned down slightly. Well turning down the Bioshock, Tomb Raider, and Sleeping dog tests down to the medium setting I was able to run all three though with an average of 43 to 57 FPS depending on the game. That is a huge improvement and finally showed that the R7 250E Core Edition still has a great place on the market for people running lower resolutions or people who are playing less demanding games. A great example of this is League of Legends, the most popular game in the world right now, its lower system requirements will let you play with settings turned up with this card. If this is all you play you might not even need anything else!
What I really like about the R7 250E Core Edition is its single slot design. It really is rare to find a card without water cooling that only takes up a single slot. This makes this one of the only options for some HTPC cases for example. That combined with no need for a 6 pin power connection also makes this a great option when you have a store bought PC and you want a bump in game performance. You won’t have to worry if the power supply has enough power to handle your new card, as long as you have a PCIe x16 slot you are good (assuming the card fits in the case of course). The thin heatsink design did mean that the card ran a little warmer than you might expect an R7 250 to run, but even so it will still only in the middle of our charts. On the noise side of things it was one of the quietest cards I have ever tested.
So if you are on a budget is the XFX R7 250E Core Edition a good choice? Well if you are looking to game with the settings turned all the way up at 1080p I would look at saving up a little more. But if you are planning on playing less demanding games like LoL you are getting a good deal. Compared to the other R7 250’s this card is on the low side of the prices at just under $85. That doesn’t count that right now there is a $10 rebate and you also get a free game from AMD. You get to pick from a big list of games with the value going up to $40. If for some reason you were already planning on getting the game, you are really only out $35 after rebate! Even if you hadn’t planned on that, $75 and a free game is a good price.