People which do have really old or discontinued video cards and do want to spend only a small fraction of money on upgrades can look at the R7 250 LP video card from HIS as one of the solutions which does now come with 2GB of GDDR5 memory buffer. In terms of performance, we would rather recommend the card for 1280x1024 or 1680x1050 resolutions, the latter while using low to medium details in games so we won’t get choppy framerates. While the card does feature the same clocks as the one we have reviewed back in 2013, we could overclock it quite a bit in order to surpass performance levels of older Radeon HD 7750 video cards.
In order to try out how much the card can go further regarding GPU/memory clocks, we have adjusted it in small increments and tested stability for full runs of the 3DMark11 benchmark; when the card has proven itself unstable, we went back 5MHz so we have succeeded to reach about 1180MHz on the GPU and 1200MHz on the memory. An extra run of 3DMark 2013 was performed afterwards to check if any artifacts would show up:
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We really appreciate HIS efforts again on producing a new LP video card with an older GPU but at the same time we would like to note two negative points with this specific product: the fans are not that silent since their buzz can be clearly heard even in IDLE states and we were missing the LP I/O shield which is really handy when we are using the card in smaller enclosures.
Later edit: HIS has just confirmed that only out sample was shipped with the LP I/O shield missing and that for retail they have all cards featured with this component, so it can be considered as a non-issue.
The R7 250 Twin Cooler LP video card can be found online for about 83 Euros which is on-par with the offerings from other manufacturers.
HIS R7 250 Twin Fan 2GB D5 LP Video Card is Recommended For:
We would like to thank again to HIS for making this review possible!