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PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review
PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Sure, we'd all like to have the equivalent of a Porsche, but sometimes all we really need to get the job done is a practical Ford.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: PowerColor Aug 31 2004   C. Sun  
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Overclocking the card and benchmarks

Just because the PowerColor Radeon 9250 is best suited for 2D rendering doesn't mean we're going to spare it from our overclocking and customary benchmark tests.

And so, with the core clocked at 240 MHz by default we slowly raised the clock speed a few MHz at a time... Remarkably, without any form of active cooling the little ATI GPU was easily able to crack the 300 MHz mark, before finally topping out at 346 MHz. Not a bad overclock at all from a budget card with a tiny passive heatsink!

The 5ns Mira memory was already clocked at its theoretical maximum limit of 200 MHz, but was able to reach up to 221 MHz with a little coaxing. For the following benchmarks we were able to run both the core and memory at their maximum overclocked while running the overclocked portion of the benchmarks.

PCStats Test System Specs:
system 1 system 2

intel pentium 4 540

intel pentium 4 3.0c

clock speed: 16 x 200 mhz = 3.2 ghz 15 x 200 mhz = 3.0 ghz

gigabyte 8anxp-d, i925x

gigabyte 8knxp, i875p


gigabyte gv-rx60x128v
gigabyte gv-nx57128d
msi pcx5750-td128
albatron trinity pc5900

ati radeon 9800xt
ati radeon 9800 pro
ati radeon 9700 pro
asus radeon 9600xt
msi fx5950 ultra-td128
msi fx5900u-vtd256
msi fx5900xt-vtd128
aopen geforcefx 5900xt
powercolor radeon 9250


2x 256mb crucial pc4300 ddr2

2x 256mb corsair twinx 3200ll

hard drive: 40gb wd special ed 40gb wd special ed
cdrom: msi x48 cd-rw/dvd-rom nec 52x cd-rom
powersupply: vantec stealth 470w vantec stealth 470w
software setup

windowsxp build 2600
intel inf 5.02.1012
forceware 61.77

windowsxp build 2600
intel inf 5.02.1012
catalyst 4.6
detonator 61.77


x2 the threat
doom 3

the agp and pci-e systems are different, but the results are being included for reference. no aa/af tests were run.

3DMark2001SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19073
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18762

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 13604
Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V 14570
MSI RX600XT-TD128 14222
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128 17582
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 17274
Albatron Trinity PC5900 15087
Albatron GeForceFX 5700 Ultra 15165
MSI PCX5750-TD128 12247
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D 12310
PowerColor Radeon 9250 5325
PowerColor Radeon 9250 (346/221) 5382

It should be no surprise that the PowerColor Radeon 9250 comes in last in 3DMark2001, remember it's goes for about 10% of what these high end cards cost.

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Contents of Article: PowerColor Radeon 9250
 Pg 1.  PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the card and benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Doom 3

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