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PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review
PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
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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External Mfg. Website: PowerColor Aug 31 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date, it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrows videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3 - LQ 640x480
Video Card FPS Ranking
Albatron Trinity PC5900 60.4
PowerColor Radeon 9250 15.6
PowerColor Radeon 9250 (346/221) 16.2

Doom 3 - LQ 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
Albatron Trinity PC5900 37.4
PowerColor Radeon 9250 7.2
PowerColor Radeon 9250 (346/221) 7.4

Doom 3 - HQ 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
Albatron Trinity PC5900 30.7
PowerColor Radeon 9250 7
PowerColor Radeon 9250 (346/221) 7.2

Doom 3 - HQ 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
Albatron Trinity PC5900 16.4
PowerColor Radeon 9250 3.1
PowerColor Radeon 9250 (346/221) 3.1

These results should not be a surprise to anyone. Doom 3 is a lot to handle for even the highest end card, and it is quite remarkable that the ATI Radeon 9250 was able to handle it at even these speeds..


The average person lives within their means and needs, and that's probably why most novice computer users do not buy state of the art CPU's, enthusiast calibre memory or $500 videocards. Instead they get what they need, and there's nothing wrong with that.

For those of you who are looking for a stock office box or PC for your kids to do their homework on, the PowerColor Radeon 9250 is exactly what you're looking for. It's inexpensive, and has excellent 2D image quality, and its dead quiet. Sure the little critters won't be able to play their favorite games, but isn't it better that way? ;-)

With a retail price of $62 CDN ($47 US) the PowerColor Radeon 9250 is quite affordable if you need to outfit an entire office of PCs, and being a half height card would make a great solution for servers since it needs no active cooling. If you plan to take advantage of the videocard's TV output options you'll appreciate that PowerColor did at least include the necessary cables. Should you want to connect a second analog monitor to the PC, you'll have to get yourself a DVI to analog converter because one is not included in the package. From where we sit, the PowerColor Radeon 9250 is most definitely a low end videocard, and for those applications where a low end graphics card is required, it does the job admirably.

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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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