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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250 2GB Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Red Dead Redemption 2 386% 75%
Cyberpunk 2077 568% 141%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 200% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 568% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 386% 75%
Doom Eternal 318% 51%
FIFA 20 159% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 643% 168%
Need For Speed Heat 386% 75%
Halo: Reach 55% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB.

The R7 250 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950, but the HD 8950 has 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 8950 exhibits a 71.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 250. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 250 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950, but the HD 8950 has 24 more Render Output Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 8950 exhibits a 19.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250 was released less than a year after the HD 8950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 8950 has 1024 MB more video memory than the R7 250, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 8950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 8950 has 166.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8950 is massively better than the R7 250.

The Radeon R7 250 2GB has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 250 is 343 and the actual shader performance of the HD 8950 is 1658. The HD 8950 having 1315 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 8950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 250.

The Radeon R7 250 2GB requires 65 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 250 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The HD 8950 requires 135 Watts more than the R7 250 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 8950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 250.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1050 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland XTGCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.9
green tick vs -
1600x900
6
vs green tick
9.7
1920x1080
4.6
vs green tick
7.8
2560x1440
3
vs green tick
5.8
3840x2160
2.1
vs green tick
4.3

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1150 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth73.6GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1792
Actual Shader Performance17%vs80%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units24vs112
Texture Rate24 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs32
Pixel Rate8 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewNote: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the GDDR5 Version.

Radeon R7 250 2GB offers a GCN 1.1 Core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1150MHz.
The 2GB frame buffer will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
With a rated board TDP of 65W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Its performance is overall similar to previous Radeon HD 7750 and up to 10% faster than the DDR3 v2 version. However, at lower resolutions, both cards offer similar performance.
Overview
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti PRO2 which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 200W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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