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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250X Quadro 5000
Cyberpunk 2077 465% 453%
Red Dead Redemption 2 312% 302%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 154% 148%
Halo: Reach 31% 28%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 465% 453%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 312% 302%
FIFA 20 119% 114%
Doom Eternal 254% 246%
Grand Theft Auto VI 529% 515%
Need For Speed Heat 312% 302%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro 5000 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 437 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro 5000. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon R7 250X manages to provide 15.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 437 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro 5000, but the Quadro 5000 has 24 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the Quadro 5000 exhibits a 5.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 250X was released over a year more recently than the Quadro 5000, and so the Radeon R7 250X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro 5000.

The Quadro 5000 has 512 MB more video memory than the Radeon R7 250X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro 5000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro 5000 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250X, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro 5000 is noticeably better than the Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro 5000 has 352. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250X is 517 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro 5000 is 361. The Radeon R7 250X having 156 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro 5000 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 250X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro 5000. This means that the Radeon R7 250X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro 5000. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon R7 250X should consume less power than the Quadro 5000.

The Radeon R7 250X requires 80 Watts to run and the Quadro 5000 requires 152 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 250X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Quadro 5000. The Quadro 5000 requires 72 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250X to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro 5000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 250X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed950 MHzvs513 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTFermi GF100-850-A3
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date10 Feb 2014vs23 Feb 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2560 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs120GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs352
Actual Shader Performance25%vs17%
Texture Mapping Units40vs44
Texture Rate38 GTexel/svs22.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs40
Pixel Rate15.2 GPixel/svs20.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power80 Wattsvs152 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 20 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 250X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. It offers the Cape Verde XT GPU.
The Cape Verde XT Core is a GCN 1.1 GPU and was first seen on Radeon HD 7770 and then re-used in the OEM only Radeon HD 8760.
It offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bits memory interface of fast GDDR5.
Radeon R7 250X comes clocked at 950MHz (though there might be some 1GHz versions) and has its operating memory clock set at 1125MHz. The rated TDP board is of 80W and the release price around $99.
This card should come in 1GB and 2GB versions, though both will offer the same performance.
Its performance has proven to be exactly like Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (if clocked at 1GHz) and thus this card is not suited for 1080p gaming but it can handle 720p with ease. The 950MHz versions will be around 3% slower.
Quadro 5000 is a high-end professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on the Fermi GF100-850-A3 GPU and thus offers 352 Shader Processing Units, 44 TMUs and 40 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 513MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 750MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 512KB and a rated board TDP of 152 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 560 Ti OEM, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro 5000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 560.
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