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ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review

ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ASUS's ENGTS250 DK videocard should draw less power and produce less heat than the Geforece 9800GTX+, and in this case makes use of a very nice and pretty quiet heatsink.
 80% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 16 2009   Max Page  
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Advanced Video card Benchmarks: Crysis, Quake

Crysis 1.2 - AA/AF Tests

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 1600x1200 HQ - AA/AF
1600x1200 4xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 36.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 21.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 27.95
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 25.2
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 39.75
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 24.7
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 22.01
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 25.09
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 35.28
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 17.12
1600x1200 8xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 37.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 28.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 34.52
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 28.8
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 42.89
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 26.9
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 24.22
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 21.25
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.59
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 16.5
1900x1200 4xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 33.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 20.3
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 24.69
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 14.5
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 35.43
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 18
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 18.41
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 19.78
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.21
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 14.2
1900x1200 8xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 34.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 24
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 30.88
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 24.3
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 38.19
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 23.4
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 21.02
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 18.56
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 21.33
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 13.58

In the final and most punishing of PCSTATS benchmarking tests, Crysis at 1920x1200 with 8x anti-aliasing has the ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 unable to cope in either single or SLI mode, with a single Radeon HD 4850 being faster than either configuration.

Conclusions: Still Good After All?

While there have been complaints that the name of the videocard has changed more than the parts inside of it, after running through the benchmark results for the ASUS ENGTS250 DK, it's clear that the nVidia Geforce GTS 250 can still be a winner.

The Geforce G92 GPU has had time to mature since its first inception, with decreases in its power consumption, heat production and overall physical size, while at the same time gaining faster overall memory and clockspeeds. Despite being several months older than AMD's RV770 GPU, the revisions to nVidia's G92 GPU have helped it stay competitive in the majority of today's benchmarks.

Asus has complemented the G92 GPU with the design of its ENGTS250 DK videocard. The customized cooler combines a high-airflow fan with copper heatpipes and aluminium fins for improved overall cooling that was blissfully quiet on the PCSTATS test bed.

When it came to the final performance throwdown between the $200 CDN ($160 USD, £110 GBP) ASUS ENGTS250 DK and the $200 Radeon HD 4850, both cards traded blows evenly, with the Geforce GTS 250 winning out in most benchmarks until anisotropic and anti-aliasing settings were turned up, and the Radeon sailed ahead of it.

SLI scaling continues to impress, with a pair of ASUS ENGTS250 DK videocards rendering more frames per second than multi-GPU videocards like the Radeon 4870 X2. This is largely due to nVidia's tireless efforts with game developers and improving SLI profiles for Geforce videocards, which have more consistent scaling performance than their AMD Radeon counterparts. One of the best thing about this approach is that SLI configurations tend to improve in performance over time, as nVidia releases more efficient drivers.

Overclocking the ASUS ENGTS250 DK videocards produced average results. Increasing the overall graphics core clock speed from 740MHz up to 809MHz and the memory speed from 1100MHz to 1320MHz (effectively from 2200MHz to 2640MHz) will definitely grant a few extra frames per second in demanding games, but it's likely the G92 processor has already been pushed as far as it will go.

While some might turn up their nose at the thought of anything less than newly-architectured videocards, the Asus ENGTS250 DK videocard shows that older GPUS can still keep up with the new kids, at least in the mid-range market segment. The Geforce GTS 250 GTS is a solid videocard for anyone who's looking to play DirectX 9 and 10 computer games at resolutions of 1680x1050, and a pair of GTS 250 videocards should be able to handle pretty much any game on the market, provided anti-aliasing isn't turned up too high.

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Contents of Article: ASUS ENGTS250 DK
 Pg 1.  ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia G92 GeForce GTS 250 Core
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, Crysis
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 11.  — Advanced Video card Benchmarks: Crysis, Quake

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