Amd Radeon R7 240 Amd Computer Graphics Cards

Sub-$100 Graphics

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As an enthusiast hardware review site, we generally don’t review low end graphics hardware, but it’s understandable that not everyone needs to have the latest $500+ graphics cards and it’s always interesting to see just how far you could get with a sub-$100 budget.

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Today we’ll be reviewing two entry level Radeon R7 series graphics cards from ASUS, the ASUS Radeon R7 240 and R7 250. In terms of specs, both the ASUS Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250 are equipped with 28nm Oland GPUs with a choice between the Radeon R7 250 containing a fully unlocked Oland GPU (aka Oland XT) paired with faster GDDR5 memory, or the Radeon R7 240 with a slightly neutered Oland GPU (aka Oland Pro) paired with slower DDR3 memory.

With that said, let’s take a closer look!

Specifications

ManufacturerModelGPUFabricationBase ClockBoost ClockArchitectureStream ProcessorsTexture UnitsROPsMemory ConfigurationMemory InterfaceMemory Frequency
ASUSASUS
Radeon R7 240Radeon R7 250
Oland ProOland XT
28nm28nm
1000 MHz1050 MHz
N/AN/A
GCNGCN
320384
2024
88
2GB GDDR31GB GDDR5
128-bit128-bit
900 MHz (1800MHz Effective)1150 MHz (4.6 GHz Effective)

A Closer Look at theASUS Radeon R7 240

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Here’s a look at the packaging for the ASUS Radeon R7 240.

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Included we get some documentation, a driver disk, two low profile adapters (one for VGA and one for DVI/HDMI, allowing both to be used simultaneously with two PCIe slots), and the ASUS Radeon R7 240 itself.

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Here’s a closer look at the ASUS Radeon R7 240.Here we can see that the card is a fairly small single slot, low profile design. Cooling is handled by a single heatsink with a fairly small 37mm fan mounted on the heatsink. Given that the Radeon R7 240 has a TDP of only 30w, no external power is needed.

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Video outputs include the usual VGA, HDMI and DVI. Unfortunately although a Dual Link DVI port is included, resolutions above 1920×1200 (high-resolution IPS, IGZO, etc. displays) are not supported.

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Removing the heatsink assembly, we can take a closer look at the components onboard the card.

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The ASUS Radeon R7 240 is powered by AMD’s 28nm Oland Pro GPU, which is a neutered version of the full Oland XT GPU used on the R7 250. With the Oland Pro (aka R7 240), AMD has disabled one of the Computer Units giving the GPU access to 320 stream processors, 8 ROPs and 20 TMUs.

Onboard memory is powered by eight Nanya NT5CB128M16HP-EK chips making up a total of 2GB of DDR3 running off a 128-bit memory interface.

A Closer Look at theASUS Radeon R7 250

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Here’s a look at the packaging for the ASUS Radeon R7 250.

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The ASUS Radeon R7 250 is quite light on accessories with only some documentation and the graphics card included in the packaging.

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Here’s a closer look at the ASUS Radeon R7 250.We’ve got a full sized single slot PCIe card this time around with a slightly larger heatsink sporting a 72mm fan. Like the ASUS Radeon R7 240, the R7 250 with a TDP of only 65w does not require external power.

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Video outputs include the usual VGA, HDMI and DVI. Unfortunately although a Dual Link DVI port is included, resolutions above 1920×1200 (high-resolution IPS, IGZO, etc. displays) are not supported.

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Removing the heatsink assembly, we can take a closer look at the components onboard the card.

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The ASUS Radeon R7 250 is powered by AMD’s 28nm Oland XT GPU, which is the fully unlocked version of the Oland GPU. The GPU contains a total of 6 Compute Units giving the GPU access to 384 stream processors, 8 ROPs and 24 TMUs.

Onboard memory is powered by four Elpida W2032BBBG-6A-F chips making up a total of 1GB of GDDR5 running off a 128-bit memory interface.

ASUS Radeon R7 240, R7 250 Performance

Testing Setup

Ivy Bridge Test Bench

CPUMotherboardMemoryGraphicsBoot DriveStorage DrivePower SupplyCaseOptical DriveOperating System
Intel Core i5 3570K
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3 2133MHz
N/A
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
Corsair HX650
HSPC High Speed Tech Station
ASUS OEM DVD Drive
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Special thanks toGigabyte,Kingston, OCZ Technology andHSPCfor sponsoring our test bench!

Initial Boot

ASUS Radeon R7 240

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ASUS Radeon R7 250

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ASUS Radeon R7 240, R7 250Performance

3D Mark

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The new 3D Mark, now referred to as just 3D Mark, is Futuremark’s latest update to the popular 3D Mark series of benchmarks. The updated 3D Mark now includes multiple benchmarks for cross platform support as well as updated graphics to push the latest graphics cards to their limits.

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3D Mark 11

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3D Mark 11 is an extremely popular benchmark designed by Futuremark for the sole purpose of stress testing a system’s graphics performance. Trusted by hardware enthusiasts and gamers world wide, 3D Mark 11 uses the latest features of DX11 to stress test graphics performance with consistent loads which simulate in game performance.

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Unigine Heaven v4.0

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Unigine Heaven is another DX11 benchmark that stresses the graphical processing capabilities of the GPU using the advanced UNIGINE engine.

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Shogun 2: Total War

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Shogun 2: Total War is the most recent installment of the long running Total War series. Capable of using DX11’s features, it’s the perfect benchmark to test for the gaming performance. For our testing today, we’ll be using the Shogun 2: Total War benchmark utility.

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ASUS Radeon R7 240, R7 250Performance

Crysis 2

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As the successor to Crysis, which was hailed as the most graphically intensive game of all time when it was released in late 2007, Crysis 2 is less graphically demanding than its predecessor, but still one of the most graphically challenging games of all time. You simply can’t take a step in Crysis 2 without stepping into some intensetessellation. Combined with rich lighting, insane physics, and oodles of post processing, Crysis 2 requires a ton of graphics muscle to run.

Today, we’ll be benchmarking Crysis 2 in the map “Central Park” with the Adrenaline Crysis 2 Benchmark Tool.

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Metro 2033

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Similar to Crysis 2, Metro 2033 is extremelytessellationintensive and fills the ranks as one of the most graphically intense games of all time.

Today, we’ll be benchmarking Metro 2033’s Frontline map using the Metro 2033’s included Benchmark Utility.

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ASUS Radeon R7 240, R7 250Performance

Sleeping Dogs

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Released in 2012, Sleeping Dogs is an open world action-adventure title based on the infamous Hong Kong triads. With an open world environment, fast paced action and excellent graphics, Sleeping Dogs makes for a perfect test of graphics card capability. For our benchmarking today, we’ll be using Adrenaline’s Action Benchmark Tool.

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Hitman: Absolution

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Hitman: Absolution is a action adventure game released in late 2012 which focuses on the hitman, Agent 47, and his assassination missions. After a 6 year hiatus, the Hitman series is back in full force with updated graphics based off the developer, Square Enix/IO Interactive’s Glacier 2 engine.For our benchmarking today, we’ll be usingAdrenaline’s Action Benchmark Tool.

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Battlefield 4

Only a year after the initial release of Battlefield 3, the team at DICE went back to the drawing board to introduce their latest and greatest modern combat shooter, Battlefield 4. Based off DICE’s all-new Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 brings a new level of realism to the world of PC and console gaming with an unparalleled level of visual immersion, realistic character animations, and physics driven dynamic environments.

For our benchmarking, we’ll be doing a benchmark on a 60 second run of the game at the beginning of the Tashgar mission. While this scene doesn’t involve any firefights, it’s a very graphics intensive scene that involves a fast moving drive through the hills of Tashgar, which makes heavy use of the Frostbite 3’s motion blurring, depth of field, particle effects, and real time lighting engine.

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Power Consumption

For power consumption testing, we’ll be measuring full system power while idle along with full system power with the graphics card running at full load using Furmark. All power consumption measurements will be measured with the Extech 380801 Power Analyzer.

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Temperature Testing

For temperature testing, we’ll be measuring both graphics card temperatures when the graphics card is idle for 5 minutes after a cold boot. Load temperatures are taken after a full 30 minute burn using Furmark.

While some of you aren’t huge fans of Furmark as it creates an ultra heavy, unrealistic load on the graphics card, we feel like it’s a more useful tool as it differentiates between graphics cards that have extremely well designed coolers and ones that simply have cooling solutions that simply pass the test, if you will. Most games these days generally don’t create enough of a load/heat to even exceed temperatures where the fans would spin up on most custom coolers so it’s difficult to adequately rank cooling solutions without using a tool like Furmark.

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ASUS Radeon R7 240, R7 250Conclusions

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All right, so with benchmarks out of the way, let’s talk about some final thoughts here.

From an enthusiast point of view, performance on the ASUS Radeon R7 240 and R7 250 definitely doesn’t impress all that much. After all, you really can’t expect too much out of a sub-$100 graphics card. That said, it does run modern games… and it does it reasonably well at lower resolutions and lower quality settings so those looking for a cheap stop-gap solution before purchasing a new gaming system may find the R7 240 or R7 250 the perfect drop-in cards for the task.

The ASUS Radeon R7 240 can generally be found at around $70 and the ASUS Radeon R7 250 can generally be found at around $90, which makes it one of the few graphics cards on the market under $100. It also happens to be one of the few graphics cards on the market that’s capable of running without any external power, which should be of great interest for those stuck with older, pre-built systems that don’t have external power and simply don’t have the CPU or GPU processing power for HD video decoding or light gaming.While those stuck in this type of scenario who still want to do 1080p gaming with medium quality settings have the option of going with the newly introduced Nvidia GeForce GTX 750/750 Ti, it will come at a significantly higher price-point, which may be unnecessary for those simply looking to play a bit of old school Counter Strike.

Overall, while the ASUS Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250 isn’t anywhere near the most impressive graphics card we’ve seen to date, it’s a product that fills a necessary gap for those with older, mostly pre-built systems who aren’t necessarily heavy gamers, but need a cheap graphics card for simple 1080p video playback or light gaming. If that fits your description, definitely be sure to check out what ASUS’s Radeon R7 series has to offer.