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ATI Radeon 9250 Graphics Card Roundup - Battle at the Bottom

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 3, 2004 4:00 am



The Radeon 9250 isn't really a bad graphics core….a slow core YES but not really a bad core. What we can honestly say is that computer companies shouldn't be allowed to sell computers with cards like the 64-bit 9250 otherwise known as 9250 SE. When companies say included graphics cards with 128MB of memory it is quite deceiving because when you go home to load up Doom 3 on your new 128MB card you get nowhere very quickly. If you really had to go out and buy one of these cards we would recommend the GeCube as you can clearly see it's the fastest of the bunch. Otherwise you might feel more comfortable with a company like Gigabyte or HIS but you can't really go wrong as there isn't that much difference amongst the cards in our roundup.


The Elsa card is the slowest but this isn't because Elsa makes a bad card, it's simply because out of all the cards we got sent, the Elsa was the only 64-bitit card which was extremely handy as you can see what kind of impact the 128-bit card has on top of the 64-bit versions.


The 9250 isn't exactly a gaming graphics card, you can see for yourself, don't expect to be playing Doom 3 on it any time soon. With all this said ATI have created quite a decent cheap low-end card and you can see that it can even play newish games like Unreal Tournament 2004 which is quite surprising. While the Sapphire card was the slowest 128-bit card it might be a little bit more then just the fact that it was 256MB as the Powercolor card had no trouble keeping up with the other 128MB cards.


It is good to see that the results vary across the manufacturers and if you are in for a budget card, the ATI Radeon 9250 is worth a look but we do recommend staying clear of the 64-bit version. You would be better off saving a few more dollars and just use your current video solution until you can afford a 128-bit version or better still, save more pennies and buy something a little higher up the product range.


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